Taking in the recommended amount of water each day will keep your bodily systems working and skin looking healthy. But 8 glasses of water at 8 oz each is a lot! As luck would have it all fluids count toward your daily intake -- even if there are some loopholes.
Why so Much?
Your body is made of about 60% water, and that water feeds all bodily systems. Water keeps your digestive system running properly, flushes toxins from the blood stream and vital organs and keeps skin soft.
Of course, water is your best option when it comes to deciding what to drink -- you can find it almost anywhere, it's free (or inexpensive), and has no calories. A slice of cucumber and lemon will make your water taste fresh and different. Decaffeinated herbal tea makes another great choice. Many teas have so much fruity flavor that sweeteners are unnecessary. Like water, tea is calorie free! Brew it and enjoy it hot or cold.
Many foods in a healthy diet will contribute to your water intake. Fruits like watermelon and vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes and celery contribute about 20% of your water intake because they are about 90% water themselves. Even if you eat tons of those water-packed foods, concentrate on the 8 8oz glass rule -- and use fruits and veggies as your backup.
Natural juices and fat-free milk are other great choices. Other beverages, like soda and coffee count as well. However, caffeine is a diuretic, which causes higher urine output, flushing water from your system. So, soda and coffee, just like beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages (which also technically count!) should absolutely not be the largest portion of your daily intake. All of these other beverages also contribute to your caloric intake for the day, and could cause you to quickly pack on extra calories. Be sure to factor in the 100 or so calories that you're taking in with every glass of juice, milk or soda.
Another great option? A spritzer! Add club soda to juice in a 1 to 1 ratio for a refreshing, fizzy drink that is all natural, but has the buzz of soda. You could also mix some white wine and club soda for a tasty spritzer.
Lower-calorie juice options are another way to get more water into your diet, but they are usually sweetened with chemical additives.
To increase your water intake while enjoying a night out try going for a 1 drink to 1 glass of water pattern. Have a glass of water after every alcoholic drink, and you'll stay hydrated and feel better in the morning!
Take it with You
Make it a practice to fill a reusable bottle and bring it with you. Take a sip every 15 minutes or so, and you'll be done with your intake before you know it. A cute personalized bottle or a bottle in your favorite color will make it more fun.