It’s recommended that we drink 8 cups/2 litres of water a day. If you don’t currently drink this much, it can be a pretty hard habit to instil. But as we highlighted in our feature to keep track on resolutions, it takes just 21 days to form a habit. So we thought, particularly as water is so good for you, that we’d cover a feature to help you increase your water intake.
Firstly, why should you?
- Water has no calories, contains no sugar and is a cheap (free) way to quench your thirst.
- Your skin is dependant on water- consuming more makes your skin more healthy
- Water helps your body rid itself of toxins- the kidneys and livers primary function is to rid the body of toxins, proper hydration, helps these vital organs perform effectively. It’ll also mean you’re less prone to infection.
- It’s also better for your stomach- it aids the digestion process and prevents constipation.
- It reduces your appetite- ideal if you’ve a goal to lose/maintain weight. The body often gives the same symptoms for hunger and thirst- try a glass of water before a snack to see if it controls the ‘hunger’ pangs
- It aids headaches, fatigue, stomach upset and helps acne.
- Drinking water improves concentration and boosts your energy- if you’re feeling lethargic despite drinking lots of water, try reducing your sugar/caffeine intake which can counter the water’s benefits.
How to increase your water intake:
- Personally, I keep a bottle of 1.5l bottle of water with me everywhere. When I am in public I appreciate it isn’t very ladylike but it ensures I drink the minimum requirement daily. Alternatively, carry a smaller bottle around with you and fill it up throughout the day.
- Set yourself reminders during the day to have glass- for example, one when you wake up, during an allocated break, before your meals (though it’s suggested this isn’t ideal for those with digestive issues) and before you go to bed.
- Natural flavours. If you really don’t find drinking water appetising (you will get use to it, I promise), why not try it with some natural flavouring? Fill a glass jug with water, ice and herbs and fruit for an infusion of flavour. See our favourite infused water recipe through Pinterest.
- Introduce high water content fruit and veg into your diet. Good to you give us the rundown on the top 7
- Drinking fruit/infused/plain teas and coffee is a way to contribute to your water content. Note though that although caffeinated drinks are actually a dehydrant, they still contribute to hydrating you- we can’t explain it.
- On a night out, drink one glass of water to one glass of alcohol.