Want to Feel Healthier Tomorrow? Do This Today.

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Want to Feel Healthier TomorrowConfession: Last week I kind of pigged out.

I was facing a case of the “blahs” and, despite my commitment to overcoming emotional eating, I indulged in too many cookies and too few exercise sessions.

When I finally snapped out of it, I did what I always do when I want to look and feel healthier in a flash: I drank a ton of water.

128 ounces in 12 hours, to be exact.

Almost immediately I felt healthier and more energized. All that water made me feel stronger, both physically and mentally.

The benefits of drinking water are no secret. Indeed, water sometimes seems like a magic bullet for health—it increases our energy, regulates our appetite, improves our skin, aids in digestion, and helps us feel refreshed.

It might not be a cure-all, but it certainly does a lot of good.

Not a big fan of guzzling H2O? Struggling to finish those eight glasses a day? Try one or two of these tips.

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1. Use a giant water bottle.

I love my 32 oz. Nalgene bottle for days I don’t have time to be running back and forth to the fridge (or office water cooler, as the case may be).

2. Add a splash of flavor.

A slice of lemon or orange, or maybe some fresh berries, make for a natural flavor boost. Bonus: Lemon water supposedly helps minimize swelling during pregnancy. (I drank it religiously in an attempt to control my marshmallow-puffy ankles during the third trimester.)

3. Think about your budget.

A daily regimen of coffee, soda, and juice can get expensive. Water, especially from the tap, is way cheaper. (But please let’s not forget about the many people across the world who currently lack access to clean water.)

4. Dilute your other beverages.

If you really love your lemonade, iced tea, or juice, try filling just half your glass with that drink and the other half with water.

5. Make it bubbly.

For carbonation-lovers, sparkling water is a great alternative to soda. Plus it makes your daily water consumption feel a bit more interesting and special.

6. Use a straw.

I once heard that it’s easier to consume more water when you use a straw. I don’t have any research to back that up, but I can tell you from personal experience that it’s true. I might have trouble finishing a traditional glass of water, but put it in a bottle with a straw and it’s gone in no time.

Do you struggle to drink enough water? What’s the one thing you do when you want to feel healthier STAT?

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