We all know water is essential for life and vital for the health of the whole body, yet a lot of us (including me) struggle to drink enough on a daily basis. Drinking water really shouldn't be that hard, given all the free health benefits we get from it: Water increases energy, flushes out toxins and boosts oimmune system. It also helps with concentration, digestion, physical performance, temperature regulation and metabolism. Being dehydrated simply makes us feel tired, decreases performance and can lead to some serious health risks if left untreated.
There are different views on how much we need to drink on a daily basis, but the most common advice is to drink around 2-3 litres a day. The amount however depends on our size, activity level, and living environment; for example, the water intake should increase during time spent in hot weather or at high altitudes. It is also important to drink water thoughout the day - roughly something like eight glasses a day - as drinking loads at once just makes you feel bloated. Yes, drinking water excessively can be a problem, too: Drinking more than 4-5 litres a day can be seriously unhealthy, as so called “water intoxication” can even lead to unconsciousness!
Like said I am probably the last person to educate anyone about drinking enough water, as I also struggle with it. But I’m now challenging myself to drink more – so here are a few tips I’ve gathered to help anyone who is trying to keep better hydrated:
- Start your day with a glass of water. Drink a nice, cold, refreshing glass of water as soon as you wake up for a refreshing start for your day. Struggle to remember this? Put a bottle of water in the refrigerator before going to bed at night, and leave a glass next to your bed.
- Make drinking water convenient: Always carry a bottle of water with you! Get a nice water bottle you like to carry around and try to make it one of those things you never leave the house without. Also keep one on your desk at work – you may even end up unconsciously sipping it throughout the day.
- Get hydration from nutrition. Food sources and water-based drinks contribute to your necessary daily water intake, too. Fruit and vegetables are full of water, especially cucumber, melons, oranges, celery and tomatoes. Also soups, coffee, and juice count towards your daily water needs.
- Always drink water alongside alcoholic beverages. This is vital in order to avoid dehydration. It's also a great way to prevent a hangover the next day!
- Make drinking water a bit more fun. If your tap water at home doesn’t taste that great, try adding in some mint leaves, cucumber slices, lime, lemon or berries to get a subtle yet refreshing, natural flavour to your water.
- Relax with some herbal tea in the evening. Unsweetened teas (hot or cold!) are a great way to get some more water in your system.
Who else is up for a challenge? Share your hydration tips by commenting down below!