Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, and we all need water to help us function properly, yet many of us don’t drink enough. The reasons I hear a lot are that it’s too boring and tasteless. If you fall into the category of people who don’t drink enough water or avoid it altogether, jazzing it up can help you want to drink more.
Infuse Your Water with Flavour
I’m not talking about adding powdered or liquid flavour containing aspartame, sugar or additives to your water. I’m talking about adding mint leaves, cucumber, lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange slices or berries to your water. You can either put them in a bottle with an infuser that you can take with you, or in a clear glass jug of filtered water. If you leave your jug or infuser where you will see them often, you will be reminded to drink, and it will look more inviting than plain old water. And it will make your taste buds (and the rest of your body) happy.
Start Your Day Right
Squeezing a half a lemon in warm water first thing in the morning is a good way to start your day, and will get your digestive juices flowing. Lemons are high in vitamin C and potassium and are alkalinizing in your body. Lemon water helps flush toxins out of your body.
It’s best to drink all water at room temperature because cold water shocks your system. It might take a bit of getting used to if you usually drink beverages with lots of ice, but give it a try.
Are You Really Hungry?
Sometimes thirst is mistaken for hunger. When you feel hungry, try reaching for a glass of water before you rummage in the fridge for something to eat to see if that feeling goes away. Drinking enough water can help control your appetite as well as help with puffiness. When you don’t drink enough, your body holds onto water and can make you puffy. Taking water with you and sipping it throughout the day will help you stay hydrated.
A Friendly Reminder
If you find it hard to remember to drink enough, there are apps that can help. Try installing the Hydro Coach app if you’re an Android user. It can give you a general idea of how much you should drink after you put in your information, and then it will give you reminders throughout the day. It’s a free app that can really get you into the habit of drinking enough water. iPhone users can install the MyWater app.
When You Shouldn’t Drink Water
You shouldn’t drink water, or any other beverage, with meals. When you drink a lot with meals, it dilutes your digestive enzymes which you need to digest your food properly. I get a horrified look when I tell clients about this, and I get it. I spent most of my life drinking a glass of juice or other beverage with meals. After all, I had to wash my food down. But once I started not drinking with meals, it became less horrifying, and now it’s normal.
If you have to drink while eating, just take small sips.
We all have different water needs depending on factors such as our activity level, lifestyle, climate, and size. A general guideline is to drink between two and three liters of water per day. Eating water-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, and beans will also help with your water intake and help keep you regular.