Dehydration can make you a Grinch and zap your energy. Here’s how to give yourself some oomph without caffeine.

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When you get busy and stressed out, reaching for a nice warm cup of coffee or foamy cappuccino may be a habit that brings you some comfort, but does it really give your body the energy it needs? Nope! Often, your body just needs some more water and a little food sustenance.

Dehydration can leave your skin looking dull and dry, your energy levels down, your mood irritable and your muscles feeling sore. Kick all of these symptoms by setting down the coffee (don’t worry—you don’t have to cut it out completely, just cut back) and reach for a glass or bottle of water instead.

Tips for Ensuring You Get Enough Water

To ensure you’re keeping your hydration levels even, here are four simple tips to follow:

  1. According to Dr. Sara Celik, ND at Elements Wellness and Medispa, not everyone needs eight cups of water per day. To determine how much water you need to drink, follow Dr. Celik's simple equation: Your weight in pounds divided by two is equal to the number of ounces of water you should be drinking each day. For myself, the math would look like this: 95 ÷ 2 = 47.5. On an average day, then, I would need to drink about six cups of water. As Dr. Celik notes, herbal teas count towards your daily H20 total, so swap out some coffee for chamomile if you need a little warm-up.
  2. Set an alarm on your phone for various times throughout the day, every day, to remind yourself to keep drinking water.161219 holidayhack6 middle
  3. Toss a small water bottle in your purse or have some bottled water sitting near your door so you’re sure to stay hydrated when you’re out running holiday errands.
  4. Have fresh Canadian artesian glacial spring water delivered to your home or office in Toronto and Vancouver with Flow (flowlikewater.com) or place a one-time order for your evening dinner or cocktail party. The company picks up used containers, which are non-PET and BPA-free, to reduce waste and minimize its environmental impact. Flow water also contains natural electrolytes to give your body an extra hydration boost.