Choose Water

Photo of woman pouring from pitcher of water flavored with fruit.

Choosing water instead of sugary beverages or soda is a great first step to an overall healthy diet. Everyone should try to drink 8 – 12 cups (8 ounces equals 1 cup) of water every day. Just take it one day, one drink at a time. 

Here are some ways you can make the switch: 

  • Make the choice easy. Keep water in your refrigerator at all times.
  • Drink water in front of family and friends – it sets a great example! 
  • Flavor your water with fruits or vegetables for tasty drinks with no added sugar. To get started, try this Cucumber Mint Breeze recipe.
  • Set up spa-style water for your next meeting.
  • Chill water with lemon ice cubes.
  • Find a reusable bottle that’s easy to clean and carry.
  • Drink water with every meal and snack.
  • Drink water first thing in the morning, when you are naturally thirsty.
Photo of water with cucumbers.
  • Add fruit-filled ice cubes to a water bottle to carry with you.
  • Keep water at your desk or work area.
  • On cold days, sip warm or hot water.
  • Keep a pitcher of water on the counter where you can see it.
  • Set a timer to remind you to drink water throughout the day.
  • Decorate water bottles to make them more fun.
  • Drink a full glass of water before each meal.
  • Use a straw if you are worried drinking water will ruin your lipstick.
  • Set a water goal each day. Make it attainable and keep track!
Photo of peaches in water.
  • Commit to having only water to drink when dining out.
  • Use a filter. It can help tap water taste as fresh as bottled.
  • Combine drinking water with other habits, like walking the dog, soaking in the tub, or reading the morning paper.
  • Reward yourself for sticking to your water-drinking goals. 
  • Spread your water drinking throughout the day, rather than having all of it at once. 
  • Invest in a water bottle you love, and you will be more likely to use it.
  • Drink a glass of water after every bathroom break.
  • Drink water instead of sugary sports drinks when you engage in physical activity to stay hydrated.
  • Set up hydration stations where you work.