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How To Boost Your Water Intake


Updated April 17, 2014

Here are the tips I share with my clients on how to get enough water in their diets.
  • Drink one to two glasses of water as soon as you get up in the morning. You have been asleep for 6 to 10 hours, and that's a long time to go without any liquids. (This often helps people overcome their addictions to caffeine, as rehydrating the body and brain lead to clearer thinking and better energy.)
  • Keep a beautiful pitcher of filtered water near your work space so that you are constantly reminded to drink during the day. Fill up the pitcher with the amount of water you want to consume in the day.
  • Drink a glass of water before exercise.
  • During exercise, drink about 8 ounces of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol, which have a dehydrating effect.
  • Never restrict the amount of water you crave during regular exercise.
  • Always make fluids a part of your exercise routine.
  • Bottles, bottles everywhere! Keep bottles of water in your car, at the office, or around your work areas. One client of mine bought a whole case and kept it in the trunk of her car!
  • To reduce the amount of chlorine in your drinking water if you aren't using a filter, try this simple tip: Allow drinking water to stand at room temperature for an hour or more, which will allow most of the chlorine to evaporate out of the water.
  • Drink at least one glass of room-temperature water with every meal.

Reprinted from: The Great American Detox Diet: 8 Weeks to Weight Loss and Well-Being by Alex Jamieson. Copyright © Alexandra Jamieson. Permission granted by Rodale, Inc., Emmaus, PA 18098.

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