How to drink more water with these simple hydration hacks
Are you looking for simple hydration hacks? We all know we should defintely be drinking more water but knowing HOW how to drink more water is still an issue for many of us.
Our bodies are made up of mostly water. in fact, 60% of our bodies are made up of water! When we neglect to give our bodies the water it needs we can quickly become dehydrated and sick. If you are not one that enjoys a glass of water regularly you may be struggling to keep hydrated.
So how do you drink more water to help keep healthy?
The benefits of drinking more water
There are so many benefits to drinking water here are just a few. The evidence is scientific and compelling we really should be drinking enough water – it is SO good for us!
Water can benefit you in so many ways including:
- Giving you a clear and fresh complexion
- Aids memory and brain function
- Improves physical performance
- Help relieve headaches
- Relieves constipation
- Prevents hangovers
- Helps weight loss
- Can relive kidney stones
How much water should we drink
Most articles and most sources and most Health authorities commonly recommend you drink daily eight 8-ounce glasses, this equals about 2 litres. The NHS recommends in climates such as the UK’s, we should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated ‘ Water is a healthy and cheap choice for quenching your thirst at any time. It has no calories and contains no sugars that can damage teeth.’
The NHS strongly recommend we drink water!
On to our simple hydration hacks ….
Count it up
Try for a week to keep track of how many glasses of water you drink a day I think you will be most surprised how little it is. Aim to raise this to the limit guide of 6-8 glasses a day. Then stay keenly aware of how different you feel. Journal this too and I am sure you will see a direct correlation.
If mild flavouring can help entice you to drink more water try fruit infused water. Simply place cut up fruit in water and let sit for at least 30 minutes. This can be done with nearly any fruit but you will find a stronger flavour from ripe juicy fruits. Some great options include Cucumber and mint, lemon, and strawberry or strawberry kiwi. Play around with combinations of fruits you find on sale as they are in season to find flavours that you love.
If you need a stronger flavour to entice you to drink more water you can find a large variety of water flavourings at your local grocery store. Look for an option with as little added chemicals as you can find to help get the most benefit from the water you are drinking. Remember caffeine added varieties will dehydrate.
Take it with you
A great way to ensure that you drink more water is to carry water with you. This keeps water handy when you get thirsty so you are less likely to seek out beverages that dehydrate. Carrying water with you makes drinking water more convenient and serves as a reminder to drink through the day as you grab the bottle to go place to place. Do consider a refillable bottle – this will save you tons of money in the long run and is SO much better for the environment. Plus they are just so stylish these days!
Set reminders on your phone
I great way to drink more water is to set reminders on your phone. Your phone is always with you making it hard to miss reminders and alarms set through the day. Set these reminders to go off periodically to help you build the habit or drinking water at regular intervals.
Keep it handy – the simplest of all the how to drink more water hacks
A water jug or pitcher in the fridge of super cold and makes it just so much easier to grab a glass when you fancy it.
Keep it filtered
Filtered water just tastes so much better and removes all the nasties that is why so many of us buy it. But avoid the plastic culture and the cost by having your own inexpensive water filter and you are bound to drink more of it
Make pretty ice cubes
If you find water boring then why not pretty it up with some coloured ice cubes. I am just absolutely loving the ice cube trays stars, shells and hearts – wouldn’t these make your drinks WAY more fun. You might also want to consider an ice making machine
Adding other things in can count too – simple hydration hacks can be tasty!
Water, lower fat milk and sugar-free drinks, including tea and coffee, all count according to the NHS. The crucial thing is not to add sugar and keep your milk fat content low.
Keep it on your desk
I don’t know about you but I can work for ages without moving from my desk when I get absorbed in a task. This can be bad for my posture and my joints and terrible for my water intake! It’s really smart to fill your water bottle just as if you were going about and keep it on your desk within handy reach,
Make it a habit
So how do we make drinking water a habit? After following a cleanse last year I got into the early morning habit of having hot water and lemon before I did anything else. Whilst this felt strange at first I soon got used to it and found it both soothing and energising.
I also got into the great habit of having a drink of water before a meal. This helped both cleanse my palate and fill my tummy a little so I ate less. It is widely reported that people often mistake thirst for hunger so by filling up on the water you will know how hungry you really are rather than mistaking it for thirst,
Drink more if you are ill, if you are exercising or if you are hot as obviously your body is losing more water at these times and this will help replace it.
So there you go how to drink more water. I do hope these simple hydration hacks have helped! You might also like my post on everyday changes to live a healthier life