Today’s challenge for Tuesday, March 1: Drink differently. Have more H2O! You can increase your water intake, stay hydrated and boost your health with these three easy strategies.  

By Mallory Creveling

Water might not be the fountain of youth, but it’s pretty close to a fountain of good health. Plain old H2O does the body a lot of good, helping to alleviate headaches, fatigue and hunger (which many people mistake for thirst). It can even aid in weight loss: One study showed that drinking 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before your three main meals can help you slim down. And some experts say the clear choice helps make your skin look more supple and clear. Get more water on the regular and reach the 91 ounces (from both food and beverages) a day recommended by the Institute of Medicine by trying these tricks from Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, Family Circle Health Advisory Board member.

Track Your Number

Some people don’t know whether they’re drinking enough liquids, so jot down how many glasses you finish during the day. Or try a water bottle and app that does the counting for you, like Thermos Smart Lid or H2OPal.

Snack on Juicy Foods

Eating more veggies, like cucumbers, bell peppers and celery, will increase your water intake, as does sipping on soup. Keep in mind that other beverages, such as tea or smoothies, count toward your total fluid consumption too.

Add Some Flavor                                                      

Need a little something to keep you going back for more? Use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes, or add fresh produce and herbs to your glass. Our favorites: strawberries and mint or blackberries and thyme.

Family Circle tapped the Partnership for a Healthier America to help bring you this easy—and fun—wellness challenge. Post a picture of your bottle, mug or glass of H2O today, March 1, 2016, on our Facebook pages  or Twitter feeds with the hashtag #14DayChallenge and you could win a prize! No purchase necessary. Open to legal U.S. residents, 18+. See rules for complete details.

Photo credit: Greg Scheidemann