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3 Ways to Drink More Water Every

By January 27th, 202117 Comments
3 Ways to Drink More Water Every
by Sherrell Dorsey of OrganicBeautyVixen

My lips have been on a peeling frenzy all week and there has been no
amount of Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm or olive oil that has been able
to salvage them. Flaky lips are sort of hereditary in my family but
typically only come around during the winter time. So after spending an
extra 10 minutes each day dusting off my puckers with a warm washcloth
it occurred to me that I was clearly dehydrated. Walking around in 95
degree humid heat was taking its toll on my body and slowly my body was
losing all because I wasn’t being mindful of drinking water.

Dry, peeling and cracking lips are signs of dehydration and very easily fixed with a “get right” hydration plan.

I’m proud to announce that I’m on a four water bottles a day habit
(stainless steel of course) and my lips are looking and feeling better
each day.

Avoid the unsightful drama (did I mention it’s hard to rock my Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Chere lipstick with flaky lips) and get your fill of the agua with these tricks I learned to spruce up the taste and kick in some nutrients.

  • Change your habits – Instead of ordering juice,
    soda or even a cocktail when you’re out to eat, stick to your glass of
    water. All will be fine and you’ll even save on the calories and sugar
    you’ll avoid. If you can’t stand to skip your afternoon or evening
    guilty pleasure you have my permission to order whatever you like AFTER
    you’ve consumed at least one entire glass of water.
  • Add frozen fruit – Frozen fruit is the perfect
    treat to keep in your freezer. It helps me kick my sugar cravings and
    they’re perfect for making smoothies. Drop a few frozen strawberries,
    mangos, blueberries or even bananas into your water. Their coolness
    works like an ice cube but the flavor they bring to your water makes
    them a perfect summer time treat. And don’t forget the loaded
    anti-oxidants you’re packing in there as well.
  • Try sparkling – Sometimes I just crave a soda. I
    have to have a sip of a Coke or Sprite to get my fix for a few months
    and I’m fine. But then I feel guilty afterward. If you’re an
    intermittent flirt with soda like me, try sparkling water that gives you
    the carbonation without the icky artificial flavors or tacky
    ingredients. It curbs that craving and you can still meet your H2O


Lots of companies are toting their “enhanced water” products all over
the super market and bodega shelves. Don’t be fooled people. Many of
these enhanced water products are either full of sugar, questionable
ingredients, dyes and other sinful things you don’t want running through
your veins.

Steer clear of products like Crystal light, Vitamin Water, etc. that
are often made with aspartame – the crack that gives you the sweet taste
without the sugar and has been linked to blood cancers and tumors.

What other ways do you trick out your water to drink more of it?

Dorsey is an eco-glamour expert, writer, speaker, social entrepreneur
and creator of the blog – “A Brown Girl’s
Guide to Eco-Glam Living”. Sherrell believes that going green with
your beauty routine doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fierce and
fabulous style. Connect with her on twitter and facebook for all things beauty, green, eco-friendly, organic, sustainable and of course… Eco-glam.


  • Hilary B. says:

    Water's just so boring to me, lol. Things that i've tried to up my intake is using a straw or a camelbak water bottle 'cause it just makes it easier to drink more that way (it's mostly 'cause i'm a child, if i'm being honest) and adding a wedge of lemon.

  • Brooke B. says:

    I don't have to do anything special to my water, except to make sure it's extra chilled & I'm good to go.

  • Anonymous says:

    Aspartame is VERY BAD for everyone. Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death.(1) A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

    According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame:(2) Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson's disease, alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

  • Dana says:

    I have a full glass of water first thing upon rising in the morning. I also have water with EVERY meal. I keep a refillable bottle of water on my desk at work which helps me with at least two more glasses in a day. One tip, take a drink every time you pass a water fountain! Every little bit helps. I also squeeze in either green tea or coffee on most days but they do not take the place of my daily water intake. AND YES, I'm always running to the restroom but I'm sure my body is thanking me from the inside out.

  • Anonymous says:

    I've been drinking water about 95% of the time for a month and my hair and skin is loving it! As someone whom always has issues with keeping my hair moisturized, this has made a significant impact on combating dryness, even in this awful heat! One tip I've learned to drink more water is to invest in a bottle with a straw- you'd be amazed at how much faster it disappears! 🙂


  • Anastacia says:

    I do a sort of water fast during the day, and then eat a heathy meal at night. I have been doing this for about a year and it has done wonders for my body, skin and especially hair!!! 🙂

  • Gwenn4ya says:

    I have added even more water to my day lately. I didn't know that about crystal light and vitamin water! Good article informing us of so. I try to make water the first thing I drink as soon as I awake. It really helps to move my bowels as well. I know, TMI, but it's true. 🙂

  • Almond Joy says:

    I make sure to have a cup of water with before and during every meal. I drink some when in the mornings, even though I'd still like some OJ :'c

  • Anonymous says:

    I just make sure to drink water with every meal. Also carrying a water bottle with you really helps. For all you college curlies out there, filling up your water bottle is a nice break in between studying.

  • Anonymous says:

    And I thought I was doing good drinking crystal light instead of soda 🙁

  • Anonymous says:

    I actually don't mind drinking water plain but I know I don't get enough. My obsession is gingerale and hot tea. I drink each at least twice a day, mostly because my stomach is always upset from poor eating habits. The summer is getting hot so I will definitely be toting my nalgene!

  • Anonymous says:

    Omgsh I have type 1 diabetes and I drink sugar free drinks like crystal light, now I am scared I drink 2 liter of just water nothing added a day. Sometimes I will drink crystal light two glasses with dinner. My mom and I are diabetic and drink sugar free drinks. I shared this article with my mom and was surprised too. Thank you again for this informative article if I had not found curlynikki I would never knew.

    Megan Montgomery

  • Anonymous says:

    Lemon/Lime Perrier water is DELICIOUS, you could order this with your meal in restaurants

  • Erika A. says:

    I've been drinking at least 2 liters of water a day. Adding lemon really helps out, but I have to try the frozen fruit idea! Maybe make some ice cubes with it. I used to drink sweet tea or soda everyday, but now it's mostly water. If I really want juice, I dillute it with water (25% juice, 75% water). Thanks for writing about aspartame because many people are unaware of how bad it is! Also, I carry my EOS lip balm everywhere.

  • LM says:

    well I don't care for soda at all, but I LOVE sweet tea lol. That's not good because the caffeine dehydrates me a bit. I help with my water intake by only buying water and milk when I'm stocking up on food for my dorm. That way, when I'm thirsty, I only have water lol. Plus since my boyfriend and I are broke college students, when we get fast food we always get water instead of any other beverage b/c it's free lol.

  • Ms. Mae says:

    Buy a Nalgene and carry it with you EVERYWHERE. You have to pee a million times a day, but oh well!

  • Anonymous says:

    I loooooove Poland spring Sparkling Natural spring water! You get a liter bottle for a dollar, or a 6 pack of 500ml for $2.99.

    I'm enjoying it on the rocks with a straw right now as I type during this Delaware heat wave!

    I mix sparkling water with a splash of OJ for an "orangina" like drink. I use it to mix with my superjuices (pomegranate, acai, etc) for a flavorful refreshing pick-me-up.

    At restaurants I always order water with "extra lemon". It's refreshing, I get antioxidants and I enjoy a free no-calorie flavored beverage to boot.

    I am not worried by chapped lips because I swear by Alba Un-Petroleum jelly! It has been my beauty staple for a long time! I apply it at night to my lips, and other areas on my face to PREVENT (and it has prevented!) marionette lines and crows feet. This ish works, yall!

    I re-apply un-petroleum jelly to my lips in the morning before putting on my makeup, and wipe it off just before I apply my lipstick when I arrive at work.

    Hope this helps!

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