With around 60% of our bodies being made up of water, we need to make sure we’re drinking as much as our bodies need to function at its best. Drinking water helps keep the balance of body fluids in check, helps energise our muscles, helps control calories, helps our kidneys to function properly, helps maintain proper bowel function and when we drink the right amount, it keeps our skin looking great. For a lot of us, though, it’s easy to forget how important drinking enough water is and we just simply forget to drink it or are more likely to drink fizzy drinks when we’re thirsty. So if you need help a few tips to help get you drinking more, here are a few to help you along the way:
Rubber band trick
Whoever thought of this trick is worthy of a Nobel Prize. How it works is, you set yourself a goal to drink, for example, 4 x 500ml bottles of water in a day. So you put 4 rubber bands on your bottle. Once you finished the first 500ml, you remove the rubber band and refill. Then once you’ve finished the second 500ml, you remove the second rubber band and so on. It’s a brilliant way to visualise what you need to do and monitor how much you’re drinking. Genius!
If you’re a fan of hot drinks and love the regular comfort it gives you but want to up your water intake, this could be a way to go. You could substitute a cup of coffee for a cup of herbal tea or you could drink your coffee as normal but sip a cup of hot water alongside it. This will keep you extra hydrated and keep the coffee from staining your teeth.
Fruit flavoured water
Infusing your water with fruits is a creative and fun way to get you to drink more water. Adding ingredients like mint can invigorate your senses and if you’ve got a sweet tooth, adding things like strawberries is a great way to satisfy that craving without turning to fizzy drinks. Plus, you get to eat the fruits once you’ve finished the water.
Simple lemon water recipe
Thoroughly wash the 2 lemons
Cut the lemons into several round slices and place them in a pitcher
Fill up the pitcher and place in the fridge for 3-10 hours.
Remove from the fridge and serve in glasses.
Have a drink with every snack or meal
This is a great tip for people who snack regularly throughout the day. For that reason it’s pretty easy to implement because you’ve already established a routine. All you need to do whenever you grab your nibbles is to fill up a glass of water or half a bottle of water and sip while you munch away.
Eat more fruits and veg
The high water content of fruits and vegetables make them ideal for upping your water intake. About 20% of our water intake coming from foods, it’s most definitely in our best interests to eat more fruit and veggies not forgetting about the whole host of benefits we get when we eat them. Crudités vegetables including celery, carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers have a very high water content and are easy to prepare and nibble on.
Invest in a water bottle
Let’s admit that pretty makes everything more fun and you can’t get much prettier than Bkr water bottles. They’re a celebrity favourite and come in different colours and sizes. Sigg have a great range of aluminium water bottles with a design to suit everyone. So stock up, fill up and get to sipping!
Use a straw
Have you noticed that drinking with a straw makes you drink faster? Well, on your quest to up your water intake, this could be a great method for you to employ. Keep a pack of straws at your desk or by your bedside pitcher of water so whenever it’s time for a drink, you can drink more than you would without the straw.
Swap a fizzy drinks bottle for a water bottle
Next time you’re at a store about to buy a fizzy drink, buy a bottle of water instead. Not only does it serve to make you drink more water, but it helps you slowly phase out terrible soda drinks from your diet completely. It’s a win-win!
One to one rule when drinking alcohol
We understand. It’s Autumn. A lovely season - in our humble opinion - for post work drinks. We get it. But we also don’t want you falling off your water target. To keep on target, what you do is for every alcoholic beverage, drink a glass of water alongside. This counteracts the diuretic effect of the alcohol and is a great way to keep hangovers at bay.
You don’t have to try all of them, as you don’t want to be running to the loo every 5 minutes or for you to end up drinking a dangerous amount of water. Set a water-drinking goal and pick the ones that work best for you.
Have you tried any of these? Have they worked for you? Don’t be a stranger and let us know in the comments below.