Water is an essential part of the human existence, making up more than 70% of our planet and more than 50% of our bodies.
However, in our busy modern lives, we often aren’t getting enough to keep up healthy and hydrated.
The water needs of the human race is very different, but it’s generally accepted that men need to consume around 3 litres of water a day, and women need around 2.2 litres. Obviously, this will increase if you do a lot of exercise, or you live in a hotter climate where you’re prone to sweating. Pregnant and breastfeeding women also need to drink more water than average.
Considering the benefits of drinking water, it’s amazing that so many people live their lives in a state of perpetual dehydration. Water has been found to boost the metabolism, aid in digestion, improve mood, prevent headaches, ensure healthy kidneys, protect joints and cartilage, and increases both energy and alertness. That’s a lot of benefit from something that comes out of our taps every day.
The good news is if you’re trying to drink more water, it’s much easier than you think. In fact, here are 10 fun ways to drink more water every day!
1. Water Before Everything
One simple way to add more water into your daily life is to see that water comes before everything. When you wake up in the morning, drink a glass of water before you do anything else. Before you sit down for a meal, drink another glass of water. This method is also a good way to remember to keep adding to your water intake.
2. Add It To Your Routine
Another fun way to add water to your life is to add it to your routines. If you brush your teeth in the morning, drink a glass of water at the same time. If you have a certain routine for getting ready for work or getting your kids out the door, just add a glass of water to the mix. Alternatively, if you drink coffee at work, get a glass of water at the same time and sip on both. Simple!
3. Have A Water Bottle Near You
One of the easiest ways to ensure that you’re staying hydrated is to have a water bottle with you at all times. If you’re dedicated to the idea, have some fun with it by investing in a quality water bottle that suits your needs. Something that holds a solid amount (at least a litre) and is hard wearing is always a smart idea. The same goes for double-walled bottles that mean no dampness from condensation!
4. DIY A Bottle For Your Goals
If you want to take your water bottle one step further, make one that you can use to track your water progress. Take a 1L water bottle that is see through, and mark the bottle at one hour intervals, with each hour representing 200ml of water. Then make sure that at the time marked on the bottle, the level of water in the bottle is at the right line. Refill at midday and repeat! Not only is this is visual reminder, it’s an easy way to track your progress.
5. Set Mental Reminders
For those of us who are super forgetful, it’s not always enough to just spontaneously remember to drink more water. Luckily, technology is to the rescue! Set alarms on your phone throughout the day, particularly if you suffer from signature signs of being dehydrated on a regular basis. A little alarm reminding you to fill up your glass, or drink more water might be just what you need.
6. Jazz Up Your Water
It can be easy to slip into bad habits when you just get sick of drinking water. But we urge you to put aside the cordial, there is another way. Instead of falling back on sugary drinks, which can actually make you more dehydrated, simply make an infused water. Infused water is made by adding chopped fruit to water and leaving it to sit in the fridge for several hours or overnight. What you get is water that tastes deliciously like fruit, without any sugar guilt!
7. Eat Water-Filled Foods
There’s more to getting your daily fill than drinking. You can also get some of your daily water intake from eating water-filled foods. Both fruits and vegetables make the cut. You might be surprised to learn that cucumber, lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, strawberries, broccoli and grapefruit are all more than 90% water. They’re also all delicious ways to stay hydrated, simply.
8. Use A Straw
You might think that straws are for kids, or nights out when you’re wearing lippy, but they can actually help you to drink more water. There’s a little mind trick at work here, but because the water is delivered almost directly to the back of the mouth, it’s easy to drink more without really recognising that’s what you’re doing. For some extra fun, revisit your childhood with a crazy straw, guaranteed to get a giggle out of your kids.
9. Get Technological With Water Apps
For the technology-minded, there are a truckload of modern options available to use to keep yourself hydrated all day long. Smartphone apps are the newest big thing in tracking water intake, and you have lots to choose from. Consider an app like Waterlogged, MyWater, Daily Water Free or WaterMinder.
10. Opt For Spicy Food
Our last hot tip for getting enough water is to opt for spicy food every now and then. The spicier the food is, the more likely you’re going to be reaching for the water, and it’s a good way to boost your water intake in one sitting. Be careful though that you don’t drink so much water that you feel sick. Just enough to quench your thirst, and the fire.
What methods do you use to make sure you stay hydrated? Have we covered any of them here?