About 70% of our body weight is comprised of water. It has many roles in our body including regulating body temperatures, maintaining electrolyte balance, lubricating joints, and providing moisture to our skin.
Being dehydrated can be a physical stressor to our body. We may feel nauseous, a loss of appetite, and we may find it difficult to concentrate or perform physical tasks. While we know it is important to stay hydrated, it is easy to forget to do so at times. Below are a few tips to help you drink more water.
First, we must understand our fluid needs. It is recommended for women to consume at least 2.7 litres of fluids daily and 3.7 litres of fluid for men. This recommendation is a balance of all fluids and water-rich foods. 8-9 cups for women and around 12 cups for men. But of course, this is a general recommendation, and everyone’s fluid needs vary depending on your activity level, your geographic location, or your health status.
Setting a daily goal or reminders. Simply setting a daily water intake goal can help you drink more water. The act of setting a goal can be motivating for you to make a positive change for your lifestyle. Your goal should be specific, measurable, realistic and time bound. Setting reminders using an app or alarm and recording your progress can also help you keep track and keep yourself motivated to achieve your goal and make it a habit.
Reusable water bottles. Keeping a water bottle around and at arms reach can help you drink more water. It can serve as a visual reminder to drink more water.
Replace other drinks with water. Instead of having a can of soda for lunch or a cup of coffee, why not replace with a bottle or cup of water. This cheap and easy replacement is healthy and keeps you hydrated.
Eat more foods high in water. You can also each more fruits and vegetables that are high in water content. Such as lettuce, celeries, zucchinis, watermelons, cantaloupes, or honeydew melons.