All of us have wondered at some point in life about how much water to drink in a day? Studies have shown that you need to have a minimum of eight glasses of water daily. While health experts are divided over the exact amount of water to have daily, the fact is that you need enough water to be able to function well.
Our bodies are made of approximately 60% water, and every cell, tissue, and organ in our body needs water to function. Despite how important water is to our survival and optimum functioning, we often don’t pay as much attention to the benefits of drinking water. Our body loses water through breathing, sweating, digestion, and other activities and it’s crucial to rehydrate our bodies. Even mild dehydration can affect you mentally and physically.
If you fall into the category of people who don’t pay enough attention to your daily water intake, you need to up your water game immediately. Here are a few simple and fun ways to ensure you’re having enough water.
1. Keep a water bottle with you all the time
Remember, how as a kid you would always carry a bottle of water whether you went to school or to the playground? Well, it will do you good to carry that habit into your adulthood — the bottle works as a visual reminder to drink more water. Also today water bottles have become a style statement, with new shapes and designs hitting the market every day. You can go for a stainless steel one or reuse your wine bottles, or add the splash of earthiness with a clay bottle. Plus, by refilling it instead of buying bottled water, you’re also contributing to a greener world. It’s a win-win, really!
2. Track your water intake
Install an app to track your water intake habit or keep a simple journal. Looking at your records can motivate you to drink more water and the apps also have water drinking reminders. Some apps even have customised sound effects like the sound of water drops or water coming out of a purifier to motivate you to get up and have another glass of water.
3. Make drinking water more fun
Sure, the thought of sipping on plain water can feel a little boring. But, it doesn’t have to be! Add some fruits like strawberries, apples, or oranges to your water with a dash of herbs like mint and basil leaves and you got your own detox water. Store it in a mason jar and keep sipping it throughout the day. A little natural flavour does no harm. And, detox water is claimed to release toxins from our bodies and maintain the pH balance.
4. Team up with a buddy
Be it going to the gym, following a diet, or a reading challenge, doing activities with a partner is always fun and sometimes even more effective. If you have a friend who also needs constant reminders to have water, team up with him or her! Take it a step further and start a drinking game on social media by tagging your best buddies. You can keep checking on each other and exchange notes on how you are faring.
5. Eat fruits and vegetables with more water content
Eat your H20 – That’s right! Another fun and practical way of increasing your water intake is by adding vegetables and fruits that are high on water content. Vegetables such as cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water), radish (95.3% water) and fruits like watermelon (92% water), strawberries (91%), and oranges (88%) are some of the best picks. This way you eat healthy and restore your body fluids.