Drinking enough water feels beyond difficult if you’re not tracking your intake or really mindful about how much and how often you sip. But Tia Mowry, a star of the beloved 1994 sitcom Sister, Sister (now on Netflix) and author of the cookbook Whole New You, knows the secret to proper daily hydration: a motivational water bottle.
“I’m drinking a gallon of water a day,” Mowry said during an episode of Glowing Live With Latham, a monthly series on Well+Good’s IGTV. “[This bottle is] really cool. I love it because I’m all about affirmations. It says ‘good morning,’ hydrate yourself,’ ‘remember your goal,’ and then it goes all the way up to 9 p.m. So [to take care of myself,] I’m drinking my water, I’m meditating, I’m exercising, I’m just trying to keep my stress levels down.”
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For Mowry, getting enough water is all part of her approach to wellness, which centers on how she fuels and hydrates her body.
“What’s really important and what people don’t necessarily think is important is making sure that you’re focusing on what you’re putting inside your body—because your body is all you have,” Mowry said. “Your body is your vessel, it’s what you use throughout the day, so you’ve got to take care of it.”
When you’re not drinking enough water, you can experience issues like headaches, urinary tract infections, congested skin, depleted energy, and indigestion. Aside from the motivational prompts, having a bottle like Mowry’s is helpful because it serves as a constant reminder to drink.
“One of the best ways to drink more water is to give yourself easy access to it,” says Amy Gorin, RDN, a plant-based registered dietitian in the New York City area. “Carry around a water bottle with you to sip throughout the day. Make sure it’s a bottle that you like—for instance, there are wide-mouth bottles or ones with straws.”
Niti Patel, RD, MS, a dietitian based in New York City, adds that starting good water habits when you’re young will help you out as you age when you’re at a higher risk of dehydration.
“[The elderly] are losing that ability to be like, ‘Oh wow, I should really have a sip of water, or I should eat something that has a lot of fluid in it,’” Patel says. “I was a caregiver for an elderly family member and I always had to be very forceful, be like, ‘Okay, let’s have a glass of water now. Okay, let’s drink some water.’ That’s something that you have to do as you get older.”
If you’re looking to make tracking your water a bit more high tech, consider investing in an Apple Watch ($169) or downloading an app like Plant Nanny, which turns your water intake into a fun game. Drinking water doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Finding the right tool for you makes staying properly hydrated easier than ever.
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