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For years, parents and doctors alike have been preaching the 6-to-8 glasses of water per day to recommend drinking more water. While they may have generalized the goal for water, everyone has their own goal based on their height, weight, and level of activity. Your body uses water in all of its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions, and is constantly releasing it when you breathe, sweat, and digest. Your body is roughly 60 percent water, so no wonder you start feeling the draining and lethargic effects of dehydration pretty quickly when you haven’t had enough. Daily water intake is critical but with the summer months coming up and plans to participate in outdoor activities and concerts, make sure you’ve created a water plan to help yourself stay hydrated. 

Get Yourself A Cute Water Bottle
. If you’re struggling to get your daily fix of hydration, stop drinking out of boring plastic cups or plastic bottles. In the U.S., an estimated 50 billion plastic bottles are dumped in landfills each year, according to Elizabeth Royte's 2008 book Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It. A stylish water bottle replaces your plastic waste and allows you to measure how much water you’re drinking in a day. S'well water bottles were designed with style and function in mind to keep your water cold for 24 hours and hot drinks warm for 12 hours. 

Add Fruit or Veggies to Your Water. Some people just can’t stand the taste (or lack thereof) of water and resort to drinking soda, teas, or juice to stay hydrated. Not only does this increase the amount of sugar you’re taking in each day, but your body still needs H2O. Water-diffusing products are popular right now, and this can make it easy to add some flavor to your water without the sugar. There are plenty of healthy and hydrating water recipes online that show you the best combinations of fruits and vegetables to add, but my favorite will always be the standard lemon water. Cut it in half, keep the skin on and keep refilling the water all day.  

Start Your Day With a Glass of Water BEFORE Coffee. My great grandpa swore by this tip and I still struggle with it. Somehow guzzling water before coffee just seems so unappetizing. The benefits outweigh any deterrents in my eyes, though, as a glass of water right when you wake up can aid digestion and reduce your risk of heartburn. Victoria's Secret model Lindsay Ellingson swears by this tip, too, but she prefers her water hot.  

Use a Pitcher. I measure out water for my puppy to ensure she’s well hydrated and keep her pitcher in the fridge, but I just recently started doing it for myself, too. Since I spend most of my time at work, a water bottle is my ideal choice for the weekdays as it forces me to get up a few times a day to refill, but on the weekends I needed something more measurable. I now fill a 32-ounce pitcher up and track how much progress I’ve made by the end of the day. It’s helpful and who doesn’t love pulling out a fancy pitcher to impress their friends?

Track With An App. There is an app for everything now, including measuring your water consumption. Free apps like Waterlogged and Daily Water help track, store, and analyze your water intake so you can stay on top of your hydration. You can also use these to create a game out of it and reward yourself when you hit certain goals. 

Eat Your Water. Fruits and vegetables are made up of water, too, so when you’re tired of sipping your H2O, turn to cucumbers, lettuce and kale, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and (obviously) watermelon. Kudos if you add them to your water and double up on your hydration!

Do you have any other tips or infused-water recipes we should check out? Comment in the section below! 

Michelle Rivas is a Founding Creator and wellness blogger. When she's not writing for Vivala.com, you can find her at thehealthylatina.com.