Running around the office? Busting an intense workout at the gym? You need water to fuel these everyday tasks. Good ol’ H2O maintains body fluids, hydrates muscles and keeps the digestive system flowing. Fun fact: water is also Mother Nature’s original appetite suppressant — filling the stomach to help reduce overeating. 

Here are five easy ways to increase your water intake:

INFUSE YOUR WATER WITH FLAVORS

If you think plain water is boring, treat yourself to your own favorite combination of flavors. Fruits, essential oils and herb-infused waters are an efficient way to avoid the mundane taste of water. Such fruits like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries will graciously add a burst of joyous sweetness. You may also opt the traditional cucumber slices or drops of lemon essential oils to give your water a more divine, desirable flavor.

CREATE A WATER INTAKE SCHEDULE

It sounds like a straightforward concept, but when the schedule is jam-packed for the day, it’s easy not to check the self-care box and consume that necessary dose of water. Set reminders on your smartphone, or pencil it in your planner, to refuel your tank with water.

INVEST IN A REUSABLE BOTTLE

Make that H20 to go. Sure, the overstocked vending machine at work filled with soda and juice may miss your presence but he'll be alright. It's you we care about. Fill a reusable water bottle every morning and take it with on your travels.

EAT FRUITS AND VEGGIES THAT CONTAIN A HIGH AMOUNT OF WATER 

Gulping down H2O isn’t the only way to increase your water intake. And that's the beauty of variety. Tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, celery, green peppers, cauliflower, and spinach are all foods high in water content. Make a yummy salad and BOOM, you're already on your way to achieving your water intake for the day.

DRINK COCONUT WATER

Coconut water is considered one of the more healthy drinks out there, because it extracts naturally in the fruit and contains 94% water and very little fat, according to Healthline. Furthermore, this coconut water is low-in calories and high-in natural enzymes and minerals, such as potassium, making it the ultimate power drink.

Incorporate just a few of these tips into your daily water routine, and I promise you will discover just how easy it is to stay hydrated.

Ready. Set. Boss. Our daily email is pouring out inspiration with the latest #BlackGirlBossUp moments, tips on hair, beauty and lifestyle to get you on track to a better you! Sign up today.

coconut waterhealthhydratelifestylewater