Written by: Benjamin Smith | Best Company Editorial Team
Last Updated: February 24th, 2020
Do you ever find yourself shying away from drinking water unless you are really thirsty? Are you someone who feels that water is boring with no flavor? There are many naysayers when it comes to drinking water. Others may not be opposed to drinking water but simply forget to do so throughout the day. Where do you fall? This article will dive into expert opinions regarding the importance of drinking water and its impact on our health.
Experts from many health-related industries have shared advice and tips to help you start drinking more water. If you currently are not a believer, see if you have any desire to change after hearing what these 12 experts have to say.
These are highly qualified and certified trainers, coaches, and fitness experts.
Amanda Dale: ACE and AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, PN Certified Nutritionist
Dale runs Peak Health which is an online fitness consulting firm. With over 13 years of experience in the fitness industry, she recommends that those who struggle to drink water think about a few things. “Water is what keeps the necessary processes of the body running smoothly — satiety, digestion, and bowels all depend on being well-hydrated with water. Drinking enough water ensures healthy kidney function, can help with weight loss, and supports healthy, glowing skin. Plus, water is ALWAYS calorie-free, which means it can complement any sort of diet or eating program you are on.”
Caleb Backe: Certified Personal Trainer and Health Expert for Maple Holistics
Drinking water is not easy for a lot of people. One of the greatest challenges is recognizing that you should be drinking more often than you would expect. When talking about the challenge of drinking water, Backe says, “Water can be hard to drink sometimes because, contrary to popular belief, you don’t only need to drink when you’re thirsty. In fact, thirst is a sign of mild dehydration, which means that if you’re only drinking when you’re thirsty, you’ve already left it too late.”
Backe also recommends drinking sports drinks if you are struggling to drink water consistently (just make sure that they are actually healthy drinks). One other option to get your water for the day is increasing your intake of water-rich fruits. Fruit with a high water content include peaches, blueberries, and watermelon.
Lindsay Bennett: Celebrity Personal Trainer, Top 10 World’s Best Personal Trainers of 2019
Bennett was selected by Women’s Fitness as one of the top 10 best personal trainers in the world in 2019. When asked why one should drink water when living a physically active life, she explains, “Water is essential for your kidneys and other organs to function, so it helps remove toxic waste from your body. Water energizes you and keeps your muscles functioning properly. It helps your brain to function at full capacity and stay clear of brain fog. It keeps your skin looking clear and radiant, also helping look less tired! It can aid in weight loss to keep you feeling fuller longer, and prevent you from feeling falsely hungry.”
The following experts have degrees in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Holistic Therapies.
Ivan Orville: Health and Lifestyle Editor, Shiny Leaf
Shiny Leaf publishes various blogs that discuss hair care, skin care, and lifestyle as well as healthy living and lifestyle change. Water naturally makes up over 60 percent of our body. Making sure that you have enough water prevents dehydration and constipation as well as increases brain activity and functionality. When talking about possible water substitutes, Orville says, “Water has no substitutes. Not even soda! Soda has an excessive amount of sugar your body doesn’t need! It can lead to weight gain, blood sugar problems, and heart diseases.”
Dr. Jessalynn Adam, MD: Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland
Dr. Adam works to provide a holistic approach to care for her patients. She works with anyone from professional athletes to the casual jogger. She recommends using alarms on your phone to help you remember to drink water. In her words, she says, “You can set an alarm on your phone to remind you periodically throughout the day to drink water. Try bringing your own bottle of water and keep it on your desk so you have a visual reminder to drink water. Otherwise, as the saying goes — out of sight, out of mind.”
Emily Tills: Registered Dietician and Nutrition Coach
Tills has a following on social media platforms such as her Nourished With Emily Facebook community. As part of Tills’s coaching over the years, she has challenged clients to drink 80 ounces of water each day. She helps them set “mini goals” to help them reach this goal.
She says, “I challenge them to try to get 40 ounces down before lunch and 40 after. This helps set the pace for them and how much they should be drinking throughout the day. We all know that feeling when it gets to be 7 p.m. and we realize we haven't had enough to drink; this tactic helps to combat that.”
Renata Trebing: Founder of NourishwithRenata.com, Nutrition Coach with Mod3rn Fitness
Trebing offers a number of tips to help people start drinking water from the time you get up.
- When you first wake up, drink a full glass of water.
- Before each meal and snack, drink a full glass of water.
- If you get tired of drinking plain water, add fruits or vegetables to lightly flavor the water. Great examples are lemon or lime slices, berries, cucumbers, basil, ginger, orange slices etc.
- Drink sparkling water as another alternative to plain water, but do not completely replace non-carbonated water with sparkling water.
- Track your water intake so that you have a good record of how much water you are actually drinking. Apps like MyFitnessPal and Fitbit can help you record and track water intake.
KJ Landis: Nutrition Educator, CPT, CFI, Life and Wellness Coach
Landis, author and creator of the Superior Self Series, took the challenge of drinking water to heart about seven years ago and lost 50 pounds drinking a gallon of lemon water (or other types of infused waters) every day. Here is a bit of her story and her recommendation:
“I healed my own health issues in part by using water, and lots of it. I encourage my clients and community to drink lemon water, cucumber water, and even tomato basil water. I add peach and ginger slices, apple and cinnamon sticks to different jugs in the refrigerator. The key here is to enjoy the flavor profiles while increasing water consumption. Increasing water slowly to about a gallon a day allows us to realize if we are truly hungry, or socially and emotionally hungry. This is a great gauge in our daily lives for appetite control and stress. Water increases sweat and urine production. Perspiration and urination are how our bodies remove fat when we are on a fat loss protocol. The more water taken in, the more water and fat out.”
Wendy Hodge: Precision Nutrition Certified Coach, Expert at Wendy’s Way to Health
Hodge recognizes that starting to drink more water may be quite a big change for people. Here are her thoughts: “Whenever you make a change, the first thing to remember is that it takes time, and you’ll have some hiccups along the way. So be patient, and don’t give up when you inevitably slip up — it’s a normal part of the process!” She also gives some great advice to those who may be working towards losing weight. She says, “Whenever you feel hungry in between meals, have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes, as thirst is often mistaken for hunger. Of course, if you’re still hungry after 10 minutes, then eat something!”
These individuals have participated in a wide variety of sports at varying levels.
Nicole Houvig: Ironman Finisher, Marathoner, AFPA Personal Trainer, PN1 Nutrition Specialist
As an athlete, trainer, coach, and Fitness Expert at Runner Click, Houvig has had a lot of exposure with the issue of water consumption. When you are in need of rehydrating and feel the need for flavor to do so, she recommends trying a sugar free sport drinks such as Powerade Zero or Gatorade Zero. Other options might include unsweetened iced tea or sparkline flavored seltzers. When asked why one should drink water, Houvig says, “It's simple! It's the best way to hydrate your body. Drinking more water can help with weight loss (drink before you eat), digestion, skin composition (tighter, more hydrated skin), sleep, and stress.”
Nick Rizzo: Competitive Powerlifter and Training Director at RunRepeat.com
Rizzo has been setting records in the powerlifting world for six years and has been a part of the fitness industry for over 10 years. Nick is a huge advocate of keeping a water bottle with you at all times. He says, “Having nalgene bottles or other reusable bottles is so helpful. They don't have to be the massive 1 liter kind, although that is what I prefer. You can opt for several smaller bottles instead.”
Here are some tips to help you build a habit of doing so:
- When you get to work, make sure to have a water bottle in your line of site at all times.
- Set alarms (use your phone or computer) and reminders to trigger you to drink water.
- Start tracking your habit to ensure consistency.
- Don’t try to substitute other substances for water.
- Avoid soda and never count it as part of your water consumption for the day.
These experts have created products to help individuals better care for themselves while living physically active lives.
Angela Mader: Fitlosophy Founder, Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Expert
Mader and the Fitlosophy team that she leads works every day to inspire people to live healthier lives. They motivate people to live an active lifestyle through the use of innovative products such as the Water Bottle Water Infuser. She recommends that those who struggle to drink water use this infuser with fruit, herbs, etc to bring taste to each sip.
There are a number of positive benefits of water on our bodies. Angela says, “It helps with weight loss, delivers oxygen throughout the body, boosts skin health and beauty, helps with digestive system, flushes body waste, and helps boost performance during exercise — and so much more! It allows our bodies to make minerals and nutrients accessible for our overall health and function.”
The bottom line
So NOW where do you stand? Do you have some simple ideas of what you can do right now to help you start drinking more water? (If you have not had a glass while reading this, now is your chance. Go get one!)
One of the greatest ways that we can improve our health is to make sure that our bodies are properly hydrated. This goes hand in hand with our physical exercise and nutrition. Without water, none of our efforts will work. Go buy a water bottle, drink water until your body simply can’t get enough of it and enjoy the benefits.