Drinking water is not only good but necessary for a healthy body and mind. Though the benefits of being sufficiently hydrated are many — such as a healthy gut, glowing skin, weight loss, and better control over diabetes — many aren’t able to consume the required quantity of water. Let’s take a look at some tricks that will make this task easier.
Set daily goals and schedule
Decide how many glasses or liters of water you want to consume everyday and zero in that figure as your target. Ideally, men should consume at least 2.5 litres and women should consume at least 2 litres of water daily. Also, set a fix time for drinking water. For example, you can make a practice of having a glass of water before or after every bathroom break or every time you stretch your legs at work.
Infuse fruits, vegetables and herbs
Leave your favourite flavor in a jar of water overnight or for a few hours. Apart from helping you drink more water, foods like mint and lemon will boost weight loss. Some of the famous infusers are berries, cucumber, mint, lemon and watermelon.
Buy a marked water bottle
It will not only help you make hourly goals but also keep track of the amount of water you consume throughout the day.
Use a straw
Drinking from a straw helps in drinking more at a faster pace. Before you know it, you will have finished your glass. Make sure to use paper straws – not plastic – to reduce your environmental impact.
Use water reminder apps
There are tons of apps that can help you reach your water goals. They will send you reminders as well as help you track your progress.
Drink hot water at night and in the morning
This will not only increase your water intake but will also aid digestion. Add lemon and honey to maintain your weight.
Replace soda with water
Though you can replace soda with fruit juices too, water will help you cut back on your sugar intake.
Always refill your glass or bottle
When the glass or bottle is constantly full, you are more likely to drink water.
Set rules and make a water buddy
Set rules for yourself: for example, no coffee or soda until consuming “x” number of glasses of water. Having a water buddy, who will drink water along with you, is helpful too.
Keep a water bottle while commuting
Since many of us spend a fair number of hours commuting, having a bottle of water handy ensures that you never go thirsty while being on the move, especially in hot weather. Remember to use a reusable bottle to cut down on plastic wastage.
Include water-based food in your diet
Make foods with high water content, such as cucumber and watermelon, a part of your daily diet.
Make a water wager
Gang up with your friends, co-workers, and gym mates and set up shared calendars to ensure you all are on track. You can make it more interesting by making the person who drinks the least amount of water treat everyone else.
Get a high-tech water bottle
If you want to monitor your water intake in detail, you could go for a smart water bottle. Some of the bottles available in the market record the amount of water that you sip or drink and send the data to your cell phone through an app. They even glow to tell you that you need to drink more water, and the apps give information about your water-drinking habits.
Use a water filter
You could also go for portable bottles with attached filters since filtered water generally tastes better and is a healthier option too.
Sip water before meals
It’s generally considered good practice to drink a bit of water before every meal since you tend to feel a little full, which in turn stops you from overeating. Drinking a glass about half an hour before a meal is also believed to aid digestion.