Updated: Dec 4, 2020
I am a well hydrated person. Seriously, I love water. I carry my re-usable water bottle everywhere I go. I easily drink 2 to 3 litres of water a day. Are you like me? Or are you the complete opposite?
Some people find it really difficult to drink any amount of water. They simply do not like the taste.
“Water is essential for human life. It accounts for for 50-70% of our body weight and is crucial for most bodily functions. Any deficit in normal body water – through dehydration, sickness, exercise or heat stress – can make us feel rotten. (…)” – Toby Mündel, Massey University, March 2017 (see article here)
According to Medical News Today , there are 15 benefits of drinking water:
It lubricates the joints
It forms saliva and mucus
It delivers oxygen throughout the body
It boosts skin health and beauty
It cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues
It regulates body temperature
The digestive system depends on it
It flushes body waste
It helps maintain blood pressure
The airways need it
It makes minerals and nutrients accessible
It prevents kidney damage
It boosts performance during exercise
It reduces the chance of a hangover
How to drink more water
Set small daily goals.
Setting a daily water intake goal can help you drink more water. Taking baby steps is ok. For example, start with 8 oz before every meal. Increase the amount every day, working yourself up to 8oz every hour, etc. Set a timer if you need the reminder. Record your progress which can keep you motivated as you approach your goal. Remember, it takes 21 days to make it a habit.
Carry a re-usable water bottle.
I always have a reusable water bottle with me. It doesn’t matter if I am out driving my daughter to an activity or grocery shopping. Having that water bottle with you is a constant reminder to drink more water.
Drink water first.
Feeling hungry? Try drinking a some water first. Your body may actually be wanting water and not food. Another good habit is to drink about 16oz of water 30 minutes before a meal. How to drink more waterWater will help breakdown the food in your stomach so that your body is more able to absorb the nutrients from your meal. And…. it helps soften stools should you need it.
Keep a glass of water on your night stand.
At night, I keep my water bottle next to my bed. It comes in handy when waking up during the night with a dry mouth or throat. And drinking water first thing in the morning. It’s great for getting rid of bad breath first thing out of bed, and wakes-up the stomach for the breakfast to follow. (please tell me you don’t skip breakfast)
Flavour your water.
I love lemon juice in my water. Sometimes I even put lime. Other great options are sliced cucumbers, sliced oranges, or any fruit/berry of your choice. You get a different flavour each time PLUS the added benefit of that extra ingredient. It’s a win-win.
Don’t give up, keep at it. You won’t regret it.
Yours in health,