8 Ways to Drink Water & Give Yourself a ‘Facelift’

glass of waterYou know how we should all be drinking lots of water? People say drinking gallons of water makes your skin luminous, but isn't that all theoretical? I rejoice every time I come across a study that says, "Meh, you don't have to drink THAT much water." Because drinking lots of water is kind of a hassle, mainly because what goes in must come back out again. And don't we all have better things to do than run to the restroom 20 times a day? I was holding fast to the "meh" school of water drinking until I saw this: Daily Mail writer Sarah Smith drank 3 liters of water a day for four weeks and showed the results. You guys, it took years off her face. I'm convinced now.

You'll have to see the before, during, and after photos, but wow. When she says it took years off her face, she's not exaggerating. It could be a change in the lighting (the "before" photo is a bit darker), but it sure looks like drinking a lot of water made her skin more luminous. She also lost a bit of weight and reports that various bodily functions are much improved. So okay, okay, UNCLE -- I definitely want to drink more water!

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So, how to get started? In case you were wondering, 3 liters equals 101 ounces, or roughly 12 cups (not to be confused with glasses). To my mind, that sits just between ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? and (gulp) okay, maybe I could do that. According to the Institute of Medicine, an "adequate" amount of fluids for women is 2.2 liters or 9 cups a day (3 liters for men) -- and that's fluids, not just water. I should also add that Smith recommends talking with your doctor before attempting to inundate your system with this much water. That aside, though, how to manage to drink more water?

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1. Start first thing in the morning. I've got a head start on this, actually, because I've been starting my mornings with a cup of hot lemon water. But even if you don't do that, your body will love a glass of water first thing in the morning (unless you're pregnant -- I could never drink water on an empty stomach during my pregnancy).

2. Drink tea. Smith says tea counts -- not so much tea made from some sort of sugary syrup or powder, but actual brewed tea and tisane.

3. Drink iced tea. Check the labels to see if it's brewed from real leaves and make sure it's either sugar-free or is at least low in sugar (15 grams or fewer).

4. Buy a water bottle and a carafe. Keep the bottle around with you during the day. Keep the carafe and matching glass by your bedside.

5. Use a filter. I'm lucky enough to live in a city with water so delicious, it wins awards. I'm not kidding. But if your water is brackish or otherwise not-delicious, invest in a water filter (whatever you can afford is going to be better than nothing).

6. Spa-ify your water. Keep a jug of water with cucumber slices, mint leaves, or citrus slices in the refrigerator for a low-sugar way to flavor your water. It's a small thing, but doing this to my water makes me feel fancy.

7. Drink before you eat. People will debate this until the sun goes down, but it's worth trying: Have a glass of water before every meal.

8. Get your phone to remind you. Water Your Body for Android and Waterlogged for iPhone are apps that nag you to re-hydrate. Or you could even set up a little timer to remind you. Whatever it takes!

How much water do you think you drink a day?

 

Images via Liz West/Flickr, ©iStock.com/Kesu01


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LawNO... LawNOrderMommy

I drink two liters of water every day, more during the summer. I can tell the difference in my face and how I feel when I don't get my quota.

nonmember avatar eh.

You know, the filter used on the second picture helps take the years off, too.

kayba... kaybayblee3

I drink that much everyday too. I don't know if it's made me look better per say, but I FEEL better for sure.

Miche... MichelleK41

This truly does work. I too am living proof and have lost 100 pounds and continue to lose. I am also toning by kickboxing 4 days a week. Its like once you start consuming the water you get adjusted to it and to me everything else taste like lead. I do cheat in the mornings and have 2 cups of coffee. Rest of the day water.

Littl... Littledudesmomm

I drink a lot of water, always have. I drink close to 100 ozs a day.  I can tell a difference when I don't drink enough water in a day.

nonmember avatar Ashley

Unfortunately The only water I ingest, is the water in my ice cubes that is in my pop or tea

Charl... Charlyla2

I just recently discovered I was supposed to me drinking way more water then I actually was. I'm a bigger gal, and i'm breastfeeding so I wasn't too surprised but still, my jaw dropped a little. Lol. I have been doing it about a week now and while I never had an issue with my milk supply before it is coming in much thicker and heavier. My stomach stays full. I drink three cups with every meal. I am craving water more and more. It is insane. I love it so far.

ericabb ericabb

I readily admit to not drinking enough water.  I really wish I liked #3 and #6 but I don't, and it's too hot here (I have a low tolerance) to drink hot tea.  I'm downloading that app now so hopefully that will help.

Chunk... ChunkyBunny

I drink upwards of two gallons a day. I really don't understand why people whine they cannot.

Morri... MorriganzMommy

I'm lucky if i remember to have more than 2 glasses of liquid a day. I just never feel thirsty until I'm super dehydrated. Same way as I go all day without eating. I never stop what I'm doing to eat or drink. I'm interested about the apps. I'm going to have to try it.

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