If you crave sweets, feel tired all the time, are constipated, suffer from headaches, have dry flaky skin, or feel thirsty, then you may be mildly dehydrated. Try these tips to improve hydration.

1) Calculate how much water your body needs. Figure out how much you weigh and divide it by 2. That is approximately how many ounces of water you need every day. If you haven’t been drinking enough water, don’t try to increase it all in one day, or even in a week. Gradually work up to it. And remember, if you’re pregnant, nursing, or if you exercise a lot, you’ll need MORE water. Herbal teas and juices count, but try to get most of it from water.

2) Sip, don’t chug. Drinking water slowly helps aid in absorption. Try sipping water with lemon or orange slices.

3) Pretend you’re a camel and carry your water with you. I always bring a reusable, stainless steel water bottle, wherever I go.

4) Schedule it. Set reminders, timers, and specific times for when you’ll drink your water. Don’t wait until the end of the day to gulp down a days worth of water.

5) Stash it. Keep glasses or pitchers of water in areas where you know you’ll be. In the car, at the changing table, near the TV, in the office, in your gym bag, near the nursing chair. Whenever you see the water, take a sip.