We’ve all heard that drinking more water can help improve our health. Even the first lady, Michelle Obama, is making serious strides to encourage people to drink more H20. Drink UP, the movement sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America (and for which Mrs. Obama is the Honorary Chair) has already encouraged a big boost of water consumption in grocery stores, restaurants and homes across America since its inception in 2013.
There’s good reason for the push. Drinking water has been shown to have a host of benefits, ranging from increased energy, better overall health, and better mood. These benefits are not lost on your bladder either – staying well hydrated can help keep your bladder functioning well and can flush out your urinary tract, preventing bladder infections.
Here are some ways that will have you raising your glass to more water.
Add your own flavoring.
Sure, there are lots of flavor packets out there designed to spice up your water. But why not add your own? Try adding watermelon, cucumber, or lemon to your glass for an extra flavor boost.
Invest in your health.
Splurge on a cool water bottle that you’ll actually enjoy using. We love the Eddy Water Bottle from Camelbak, which comes in a wide variety of colors to choose from.
Eat more water rich foods.
Water-rich foods, such as soup, celery, grapes, and oranges can also help you stay hydrated.
Temper your drinking.
Drinking a glass of water for every glass of alcohol while out to dinner can help you stay hydrated and avoid the negative effects that an extra glass of wine might have on your bladder.
Get some help.
Need some encouragement? Use the iPhone app, Waterlogged, to set reminders and chart your water consumption over time.
Have some tips of your own? Share them with us in the comments below!