It’s thought that, on average, less than half of people regularly drink the USDA recommended eight glasses of water a day. For some it’s easy to forget to drink water while others just can’t stand the taste of it. So what can you do to improve your water intake? We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you get more water into your day.
The benefits of drinking water
- Carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
- Aiding digestion
- Preventing constipation
- Normalizing blood pressure
- Stabilizing the heartbeat
- Cushioning joints
- Protecting organs and tissues
- Regulating body temperature
- Maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance.
Tips for drinking more wate
1. Sips on the god
2. Set a goal
If you’re someone who is motivated by achievements, set yourself a daily goal for drinking water. This can simply be kept as a tally on your phone, or can be tracked through apps. However you choose to set yourself that goal, it’ll keep you motivated to make it every day. Alternatively, why not pick up a reusable bottle with a water measure on the side - this can give you a great visual guide on how much you’ve drunk over the day.
3. A glass before each meal
While you’re waiting for your toast to pop in the morning, stirring your pasta, or making your drinks order at a restaurant, drink a glass of water. By drinking before each meal, you’re automatically adding at least three extra glasses to your daily total and keeping hydrated.
4. Set alarms
If the reason why you’re worried about your water intake is because you’re forgetful, or just too busy, why not set an alarm to remind you to drink? Simply set up the reminders on your phone, computer, or watch to go off at regular intervals to remind you to get up, grab a drink, and refill your bottle or glass.
5. Drink water between cocktails
When you’re out for drinks with friends and if you’re partaking in some alcohol or cocktails, ask for a glass of water between drinks to stay hydrated and to help prevent the dreaded hangover the next morning. Hangovers are caused by dehydration. Alcohol is a diuretic which makes you urinate more often and in turn causes dehydration. Help to keep hangovers at bay by asking for water or non-alcoholic drinks in between your alcoholic ones.
6. Pick up some fun straws
Straws have gotten a pretty bad rap recently but some people rely on them. If you prefer to drink using a straw, why not grab a pack of colourful reusable ones to encourage you to keep sipping throughout the day? There are straws made from all kinds of different materials such as silicone, glass, stainless steel, and even actual straw so you’re never going to run out of choice.
How to drink more water if you hate the taste
Although most tap water in the US is safe to drink, some people can’t stand the taste of it. Water gets filtered and treated with many different chemicals to make it safe to consume but those can end up leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Here are a few ways to help you drink more water if you don’t like the flavor of it.
1. Buy a filter jug
If it’s just the taste of tap water that you don’t like, consider getting a water filter jug. These jugs can be easily refilled from your tap and most can go in the fridge. They filter out any particles or chemicals in the water and leave it tasting much cleaner. Many people prefer the taste of water after they use one of these jugs.
2. Flavour your water
Sometimes, flavouring the water is the better option. Infuse your water with different fruits or cucumber or add a few drops of cordial or Kool Aid to your bottle to banish the flavour of the water. Try not to replace drinking water with very sugary drinks or soda though as sugar can have the opposite effect and lead to dehydration.
3. Try carbonated water
Carbonated water is a great option for those who don’t like the taste of still water. It has a subtle taste but can be easily flavoured by adding some slices of lemon or another citrus fruit. To avoid buying more single use plastic, why not invest in a Soda Stream so you can create your own carbonated, low sugar drinks at home?
4. Eat food with a high water content
Although the USDA recommends drinking eight glasses of water a day, you can also get plenty of necessary fluids from eating foods that have high water content. Lettuce, celery, cucumber, and melon are all foods with high levels of water in them and can all help keep you hydrated and healthy.
5. Drink herbal tea
The USDA guidelines don’t specify that the water has to be cold so why not give herbal teas a try? Made from all kinds of different ingredients, herbal teas tend to be caffeine free and are really delicious options for when you want something tasty and cosy.
You can also drink most of them cold so why not try making ice tea out of your favourite herbal teas? We hope these tips and tricks will help you up your water intake and stay hydrated. Remember that if you exercise a lot or live in a hot climate you might need to drink more than if you live in a cool climate. It’s also important to note that drinking gradually throughout the day is better than gulping it all down in one go so make sure you’re regularly taking time to take a few sips over your day. For the perfect bottle to keep your water cold all day long, check out our range of stainless steel reusable water bottles.
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