You will know that drinking enough water is essential for good health, and that 6-8 glasses is the daily recommendation.1
Water is the key to vital processes in your body such as digestion, temperature regulation and brain function. If you are not getting enough water, these processes become less efficient, which can make you feel sluggish and unwell. Dehydration is at the root of many common health complaints such as headaches, constipation and dry skin.
However, we understand that getting your day’s water can be a chore. You are more likely to get your fluids if you enjoy the taste. If you find it easy to drink water plain, great. Otherwise, here are a few delicious ways to get your fluids.
Adding fruit to your glass or water bottle makes water more interesting. Instead of opting for flavoured waters which can contain sugar or artificial flavourings; add a slice of lemon, lime or orange to your glass for a subtle citrus taste. Also, frozen fruit such as raspberries or blueberries make a great alternative to ice cubes and add a fruity burst of flavour.
You could also try a low-sugar cordial, well diluted. Also, sparkling water is a great alternative to fizzy drinks which can be high in sugars or artificial flavourings.
Warm it up
Herbal teas such as green tea, camomile tea and mint tea are wonderfully refreshing ways to add flavour to water without any sugar or artificial flavourings. Adding honey and lemon to warm water makes a soothing drink that keeps you hydrated.
You don’t have to drink herbal teas hot either. Using fresh herbs such as mint in water can be very refreshing, especially on a hot day.
Ways to remind yourself to drink up
Did you know your smartphone could help? There are several free apps available which are designed to help you track your water intake, personalise an intake plan and remind you to drink water regularly throughout the day.
Keep a large glass bottle or carafe by your bed, on your desk and in your car. This will make it easier to sip throughout the day and keep your levels topped up.
Treat yourself to a new BPA-free water bottle in a design you love, and keep it nearby and topped up throughout the day. Aluminium or stainless steel water bottles are excellent at keeping your water cold for longer, not to mention they are more environmentally friendly.
Avoid diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine which can make you pass urine more and worsen dehydration.
Don’t forget you can eat your fluids!
Did you know that many foods also count towards your recommended daily intake of fluids? Sources of water from food include fruit, vegetables, homemade soups (soups from a tin can be very high in salt), beans and oatmeal.
For example, cucumber and watermelons are both composed of more than 90% water, so include plenty of those in your diet especially as the weather starts to warm up.
1. [Online] https://www.nhs.uk/news/food-and-diet/six-to-eight-glasses-of-water-still-best/.