Your body is about 70% water and drinking enough of it is vital for optimal health. Often when we are busy, we forget to drink more water or we drink other fluids instead, that are not as healthy.
Water helps us with digestions, body temperature regulation, kidney function, blood health, joint repair, complexion, flushes body waste and so much more.
Often, we drink other fluids rather than water that are not as supportive to our health such as wine, soft drink, juice, coffee, sugary drinks or milk. When we are saying yes to these liquids we are saying no to water because you can only fit so much fluid in your body per a day.
We all know that it’s important to stay hydrated, doing so can be difficult at times and it is easy to not make drinking a priority.
How much water should I drink?
Setting a daily water intake goal can help you drink more water. The standard recommendation is 2 litres, but the amount that you should drink varies depending on your body and lifestyle. I work on when my pee runs clear or clearer, then I am drinking enough water.
Here are my tips on how to drink more water and make it a priority during the day:
1. Set a daily water goal
Prepare a large 2 litre bottle of water and make that your goal to get through for the day.
Simply the act of setting a goal can help you to make positive changes that then turn into ongoing healthy habits.
2. Keep a reusable water bottle with you
There are so many nice water bottles that you can buy or use a recycled bottle. Keeping a water bottle with you throughout the day can help you drink more water. You can then very easily measure your intake.
3. Set reminders
Set reminders to drink more water using your phone. This is only a temporary process until you naturally start to remember.
For example, try setting a reminder to drink one glass of water each hour, or set a reminder to finish drinking your current glass of water and refill it every hour.
These reminders can help you increase your water intake, especially if you struggle with being forgetful or too busy to drink.
If you are not minded to set a reminder, the alternative is to drink water at set times during the day, for example every time you eat, go to the bathroom or get into the car drink more water.
4. Replace other drinks with water
This is so important because if you are drinking other things such as soft drink, milky drinks or sweetened juices, they are not good for you compared to water. One way to drink more water — and boost your health and reduce your calorie intake — is to replace other drinks with water. Just have a policy that you only drink water and nothing else.
5. Replace snacking with drinking water
Sometimes we think that we are hungry, so we grab snacks, but really we are thirsty rather than hungry. When life is busy or we have had snacking habits for many years, it is possible to have lost touch with your signals as to if you are actually hungry or thirsty. Get in the habit of when you think you are hungry for a snack, drink a glass of water, give your body 10 minutes and then asses if you are hungry or not.
6. Flavour your water
If you dislike the flavour of water, or just need a bit of flavour to help you drink more, you have many choices.
You could use lemon, lime, cucumber, berries or herbal teabags.
7. Eat more foods high in water
Another way to get more water into your body is to eat veggie and fruits that have a high-water content.
Fruits and vegetables that are particularly high in water include celery, lettuce, zucchini, watermelon, honeydew melon or cabbage. In addition to their high fluid content, these fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are really food for you.
Make one of your goals this year, to drink more water throughout the day. This is a healthy habit that will serve you in your well being.