Help, I keep forgetting to drink water!
With today’s busy lifestyles, everyone has 101 things to think about, which means one or two things are likely to slip. Looking after your health and wellbeing should always be a priority. But with recent news revealing that 89% of people in the UK don’t drink enough water, staying hydrated isn’t as important as it should be.
Without the right care and attention, drinking water can become something of a chore. With this in mind, most people simply don’t remember to hydrate, which means individuals accept troublesome symptoms of dehydration all too often.
In this blog post, we share our top tips for remembering to hydrate so you can enjoy all the benefits of a water-rich diet.
Make things interesting
Whilst we love the taste of plain, old filtered water, spicing up water from time to time can get you excited about staying hydrated and leave you eager to drink even more. Use your favourite fruits and vegetables to add a delicious kick to daily drinks.
Grapefruit, strawberries, cucumber and celery are all excellent additions to filtered water, so too are herbs like basil, lavender, and mint. Here are some DIY infused water recipes to get you started. Lemon water is particularly popular at this time of year. It’s also the perfect way to kick start your spring detox.
Use the latest tech
There’s an app for everything these days, so you won’t be surprised to find the long list of water tracking apps currently available. These apps are designed to make drinking water easy, whatever your day has in store for you. Many are also equipped with handy reminders to prompt you to reach for a drink of water on a regular basis.
Tracking apps are great for setting and surpassing individual water drinking targets so don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.
Carry the right supplies
Drinking water tends to be easier at home, but your intake shouldn’t take a hit just because you’re out and about.
There are a number of great water bottle designs to choose from – read our top tips for finding a reusable water bottle that works for you. Take your reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go, and top it up regularly.
Eat more water
You don’t have to hydrate from drinking water alone. Making a few tweaks to your diet and adding more water-rich ingredients can boost hydration no-end.
Several fruits and vegetables will help to reach that coveted 5-a-day and fulfil hydration goals. Cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, melon, and broccoli all consist of 90% water or higher.
Swapping your usual drinks, i.e. that morning cup of coffee or mid-afternoon fizzy drink, for a glass of water is another way to boost daily water intake without even thinking about it.
Make a habit of drinking
Drinking water before, during or after things that you do every day will ensure hydration becomes a steadfast part of your routine. Many people start and finish the day with a glass of water.
Moreover, you can also enjoy a glass of water after every toilet break or with every snack. Drinking water before each meal is another way to up the intake and unlock many more advantages for your health as Healthline explains:
“If you eat 3 meals per day, this adds an extra 3 cups (720 ml) to your daily water intake. Moreover, sometimes your body may mistake feelings of thirst for hunger. Drinking a glass of water before eating can help you discern whether you are feeling true hunger. What’s more, if you’re trying to lose weight, drinking a glass of water may help you eat fewer calories at the following meal.”