We all know that drinking water is important. However, due to hectic schedules, sometimes we don’t get the daily amount that we really need, and with that blistering Bajan sun beating down, dehydration looms right around every corner.
Dehydration, even if slight, can have a big impact, from headaches and difficulty concentrating, to dry mouth and general fatigue.
So, the big question is, how can we get ourselves to drink more water?
Have no fear; there are some simple ways to incorporate more water into your diet without feeling like you’re drowning in the stuff.
Some benefits of increasing your water intake include:
- Healthier hair
- Less blemishes and acne
- More energy and less fatigue
- Weight loss and weight control
- Boost an immunity against colds and germs
- Increase metabolic rate
- Flush out toxins from the body
- Prevent kidney stones
- Regulate body temperatures
- Joint lubrication
Sip a glass of water along with your morning coffee or tea. Including water in your daily routine will help you feel brighter and more refreshed in the mornings and give your metabolism the kick-start that it needs. Also, drinking water at the same time every day will become a healthy daily habit.
2. Keep it Close!
Take a bottle with you in the car. Keep a bottle on your desk at work. Have a bottle with you at the gym. Put a glass of water on the nightstand by your bed.
Kept in plain sight and in close proximity you’ll have no excuse, and drinking water will quickly become a part of your routine, and dare we say, you’ll actually miss having water when it’s not easily available.
Yep, there’s an app for that!
In fact, there are several.
There are great apps out there that help you to track your water intake while also reminding you to drink more throughout the day.
For example, “Plant Nanny” is an interactive app that tracks how much H2O users drink per day while encouraging them to drink enough to keep the loveable little plant on the app alive.
Watch the plant grow and flower with every glass you drink!
Not big on apps? Use your phone (we know you’re on it all the time anyway!) and set a timer to remind yourself to hydrate at different times throughout the day.
4. Make it Pretty
For the visually inclined, treat yourself to a cute reusable water bottle to sip on throughout the day. You’ll be more likely to use it, and will be helping the environment along the way!
TIP: Metal water bottles are known for keeping water colder for longer, and are also more durable. Definitely worth the purchase!
We get it, water can be pretty boring, but you can easily spice it up by adding your own flavor!
Infused waters are undeniably popular right now, and for good reason – you get the benefits of drinking water, plus the added nutrients and flavor of the fruits! YUM!
Simply chop up some fresh fruit, veggie slices or herbs and dunk them into your water bottle to liven up that H2O!
To AMP up the taste even more, let it sit for a few hours in your fridge.
Feel free to experiment with some local produce, like lime, grapefruit, ginger, mint leaves…or even cucumber!
6. Consider it an Appetizer
Linking water with your most common daily activities is a great way to make it a habit.
This tip is great especially for those trying to lose or control weight.
Sometimes we can mistake thirst signals for hunger, and drinking water before a meal automatically curbs your appetite, leaving you feeling full and making you eat less.
We’re sure you already know the general rule of thumb when it comes to drinking alcohol: alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water.
Alcohol in excess causes dehydration, which can cause a hell of a hangover.
So set down that rum for a second and sip on some agua!
8. “Eat” Your Water
A sneaky way to increase your water intake (and no, it’s not cheating), is to incorporate foods containing a high water content, such as watermelon (92% water) and cucumber (96% water), into your diet.
An excellent way to make you drink more water is to eat hot or spicy foods.
So douse that cutter in some extra peppa sauce, dabble in some curry, and you’ll be begging for a glass of water in no time!
10. Make it a Group Effort
Get your friends to join, and set challenges and goals together! Make it into a drinking game; Sharon forgot to send out that email again? Take a swig of that water!