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5 ways to get more water each day

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I love water, it makes me feel refreshed, healthy and keeps my skin looking great. Both my husband and I are dedicated to getting at least close to the amount of recommended water each day. That’s about eight glasses or 64 ounces. Yikes! It’s not that difficult though if you break it down during the day. Here’s how I do it.

This is a sponsored post for Primo® water.

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1. Get purified water from Primo water

It’s hard to believe that I have walked past these water refill machines for years without really noticing them. Some say “Primo” while others say “Glacier” But the Primo refill stations are often located just outside a gas station or grocery store. For me it was the grocery. It’s become a weekend ritual for my hubs and I to go and refill our 5-gallon bottle once a week. I mean you have to get groceries and fuel up at least once a week, right? So, you are right there. You can find locations here: http://bit.ly/2PhSQYo. Purchase a non-spill cap , which makes transportation easier – you won’t have to worry about spills.

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It is super easy to fill up too. You just insert the water bottle inside the machine, swipe your credit card for payment and voila – your container is filled up in moments and you are on your way. I won’t get all scientific on you, but one of the reasons I like Primo is that this purified water goes through a multi-step purification process that includes reverse osmosis, removing chemicals, bacteria, lead, mercury and even trace amounts of pharmaceuticals. Yuck! Can you believe that is in our drinking water?

Then you just insert the refillable water bottle into your Primo dispenser. We chose the Primo Smart Touch Deluxe Bottom Loading Water Dispenser. It has a sleek design and doesn’t take up too much space in our kitchen (where space is at a premium). I also love that I can choose from three water temperatures – cold, cool and hot. I’m a tea lover so it is terrific to have hot water right away. They have other kinds of dispensers too. You can see them all here: http://bit.ly/39VgqC6

Plus it’s hard to ignore water when you have to walk right past it every day. It is perfect for filling up a glass to go with lunch or dinner. Or filling up our recyclable water bottles when we are leaving the house. I always fill one up before I head to the gym, rather than buying some there or an expensive smoothie.

We do our part to recycle water bottles, but pollution is still a problem and I’d rather not use single use water bottles if I can help it. So, when I researched alternatives, I was glad to find Primo – each 5-gallon bottle saves 1,100 single-use bottles from the landfill (or worse, the oceans).

2. Take water with you on the go

Another trick I use to make sure I get more water daily is that I always take water with me when I am headed out. In the mornings, I add a little apple cider vinegar to it for additional health benefits. Traffic in my city can be horrendous and you never know when you could get stuck. So, it’s always great to have an abundance of water with me so I can get in those eight glasses each day. Plus, did you know that our brains are made up of 80 percent water? When we start to get dehydrated we lose focus and concentration.

3. Drink smoothies

We try to have two green smoothies a week in our house. Rather than having one of those fancy juicers or smoothie makers, we use our simple blender. I mean why have more tools than necessary, right? When I put the kale (or whichever green we are having), apples, grapefruit, etc, I always need to add about ¾ of a glass of water. Oh and did you know fruits already have a lot of water in them?

4. Don’t keep juices and sodas around

Have you read the labels on those so-called healthy juices at the grocery? You’d be amazed how much sugar you’ll find in them. Many contain a less real juice than you would think. And sodas? There’s nothing good for you to be found in those. Sure once in a blue moon (like ever 2 or 3 months) I’ll enjoy a soda but it is rare. I pretty much swore them off years ago. My dentist and my waistline thank me. The bottom line is if you have less temptations around you won’t have so many obstacles to drinking more water daily.

5. Flavor your drinks

Have you tried flavored/infused water? Seriously, it is a treat! We keep lime and lemons at home to flavor our water. It makes a big difference to have a lovely citrus flavor in your water and if you are new to trying to have more water every day (giving up sodas and juices) this is a fantastic way to do that.

I hope as we head into the warmer months, this article has encouraged you to give up or at least curtail your sugary drink habits. You can visit the Primo website to sign up for text messaging to receive a 20% off coupon code + free shipping on your purchase. Happy hydrating!

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This is a sponsored post for Primo water.

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!

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