For some, drinking enough water each day is easier said than done. Maybe you dislike the taste, get too busy or just plain forget about drinking until bedtime, when chugging eight glasses is highly impractical (and not advised!). To help you drink more water, we’ve put together 7 tips you can use to develop this healthy and essential habit.
1. Buy a water bottle (and use it)
Invest in a high-quality, stainless steel or heavy duty BPA free plastic water bottle and take it with you everywhere! If you regularly forget to drink water, find ways to keep your water bottle visible. Keep it on your bedside table, on your desk and in the car. Increase your availability of water and opportunity to drink and chances are you will.
2. Add sugar-free flavour
If plain water isn’t your thing, try flavouring it with fresh fruits and herbs. Try these tasty combinations:
- Cucumber and mint
- Fresh lemon or lime wedges – squeeze some of the juice into your water first
- Frozen berries – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries. These also double as ice cubes and are great for summer
- Fresh lemon and ginger root
- Orange slices & blueberries
- Watermelon and mint
- Rosemary and grapefruit
- Kiwi and cucumber
3. Switch things up and go for sparkling mineral water.
Soda streams are all the rage at the moment and are a cheap way of making your own bubbly water without the wastefulness of buying numerous bottles from the supermarket.
4. Add water to your daily routine
Adding water into your morning and nighttime routine is an easy way to ensure you drink at least two glasses of water each day. Get into the habit of drinking a glass of water before you have breakfast and another right before you brush your teeth at night.
5. Turn your water bottle into a timer
You can create drinking goals and mark them on your water bottle to hit targets by certain times of the day. Use tape or a permanent marker to mark how much water you aim to drink by a particular time. This is a helpful way to keep track of whether you are going to hit your goal water intake (or not). You can also buy motivational water bottles pre-marked or even fancier products with inbuilt computers that track your water consumption.
6. Create mental triggers
Identify some mental prompts to drink water. For example, if you feel hungry opt for a glass of water before eating. Not only will this keep you hydrated it will also possibly curb your hunger.
7. Be active
We lose water in sweat which needs to be replaced during and after exercise. If you’re struggling to drink, go for a brisk walk or do some exercise in the gym. This will help drive thirst as your body works to restore its hydration balance or homeostasis.