Why Drink More Water?
Water is our most important life source. It makes up 85% of your brain, 80% of your blood and 70% of your muscles. While we can go weeks without food, we can only go 3 days without water. It is essential for alertness, circulation, nutrient absorption, digestion, kidney function, detoxification, regulation of our body temperature and much more. And yet, many of us fail to drink the recommended amount of water; instead filling up on fizzy drinks and coffee.
How Much Should You Drink?
Experts used to say that between 2 and 3 litres per day was enough, but are now clarifying based on weight, activity level, health conditions and geographic location. A quick way to tell if you are drinking enough is by looking at your urine after you use the toilet. If it is clear or very light yellow and has little odour, you are well hydrated.
7 Easy Ways to Stay Hydrated
1. Spruce it Up
Many struggle to drink enough water as they simply find it too boring. However, whether it be lemon, cucumber, mint or any other fruit, you can use all kinds of combinations to create deliciously refreshing beverages.
2. Keep it Handy
Don’t wait to drink until you’re thirsty, as you may already be dehydrated. Keep a bottle of (infused!) water on your desk, in your bag, next to your bed, anywhere! Bottles come in all colours, shapes, and sizes, even foldable ones. Always having a bottle within reach will help to build the habit of drinking more often.
3. Love Your Bottle
Whether glass, metal or plastic, pick a bottle you like. Plastic foldable ones are okay once in a while, like when you are travelling or on the go, but for your permanent solution, try to find one that is bisphenol-a (BPA)-free. BPA is a toxic chemical linked to certain cancers, reduced fertility, birth defects and diabetes. Our Clinical Ops Manager loves her sleek glass bottle and swears to never go back to plastic.
4. Sneak it in Your Routine
Want to lie in bed for 10 minutes when you wake up to catch-up on the news or Facebook gossip? Do it with a glass of H2O. While you cook, read or watch your favourite Netflix show, keep a full glass nearby and make it your goal to finish it by the time the latest Game of Thrones episode is over.
5. Helpful Reminders
If you are really struggling to build the habit, set reminders on your phone at one or two hour intervals throughout the day so you are drinking steadily instead of all at once. Write “DRINK!” on a bright Post-It and stick it on your computer to remind yourself to hydrate. You can also mark your time goals on your personal bottle to keep yourself right on schedule.
6. Eat Solid Water (Kinda…)
Don’t like plain or infused water? No problem! Some fruits and veggies, like watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggplant, peppers and spinach, are ~90% water by weight. On average, food makes up 20% of total water intake, so if you want to slack on the drinking, eat more water-rich fruits and veggies.
7. Replace Sugar Drinks
Be aware of drinks that leach precious H2O from the body. Soft drinks, alcohol, coffee and some teas may be liquid, but they really steal water from your body. You actually need to drink an addition 8-12 glasses of water to replace the water lost by each soft drink you consume. Start slowly by replacing one soft drink per week with an infused water, just one! You can do it, especially if you try the Vanilla Basil Strawberry infusion…
If you drink the recommended amount of water, but still feel excessively and persistently thirsty, you may want to check with your GP that it is not an underlying problem such as diabetes.