The human body is 60% water. And that is not for nothing. Water is essential to your health, wellness, and survival. It supports the transport of nutrients from food to the cells. It lubricates the joints and keeps tissues well-hydrated. It also supports the removal of waste and toxins from the body.
A glass of water can bump up metabolism, help with digestion, relieve a headache and even remedy brain fog. You can survive the hot season because water regulates your body temperature.
With all that said, it is important to keep yourself hydrated always. If you are yet to get into the habit of drinking enough water every day, below are simple tips for you.
Use a Hydration Calculator
The suggested daily intake of "8 glasses of water" is just an estimation. In fact, your body will most need more than 8 glasses of water each day.
The best way to know how much water you need is to use a Hydration Calculator. A good calculator includes the following factors to render a water intake figure that best fits your body's water needs:
- Height & weight
- Frequency, type & intensity of physical activity
- Sex (for females, if pregnant or breastfeeding)
- Location's climate & altitude
Get a Water Intake Tracking App
Water intake trackers do not only log how much water you've taken during the day. They often include features that altogether help you reach your water intake goals such as drinking reminders and weekly or monthly reports.
We currently love the Plant Nanny app which is free for Android and iOS users. It accurately tracks how much water you've had because it's interface features common drinking cup sizes. The cute plants that grow whenever you drink water are a bonus.
Get Creative with Your Drinks
Increasing your water intake can be very challenging especially if you are used to having store-bought carbonated drinks, fruit juices, and flavored water as refreshments.
Get creative and come up with healthier drink choices. This way, you will help yourself out during the transition and get a better shot at achieving your hydration goals. Here are a few tips:
- Make your fruit-infused water instead of buying flavored water
- Replace carbonated drinks with homemade smoothies and ice lollies
- Keep a fresh batch of homemade juice always
- Gradually rid your diet of soft drinks by turning to sparkling mineral water
Invest in Proper Containers for your Drinks
The best liquid containers are those that combine function with aesthetic. For this, you can't go wrong with high-grade glass bottles from Pratico Kitchen.
Glass is a non-porous material, so it will not absorb odors and flavors, making it easy to clean. These bottles have leak-proof caps and measuring lines.
Taking your drinks on the go has also never been this stylish and safe. Just get silicone sleeves for these bottles. The sleeves protect your bottles from impact and they provide added grip too.
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Eat your Water
No time to make a smoothie? Ran out of fresh fruit juice? Or do you just need a break from drinks? Go ahead and eat your water.
If you can only commit to 8 glasses of water each day, that is totally fine! You can always increase your water intake by eating water-rich fruits and veggies.
Watermelons, cantaloupes, strawberries, tomatoes, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, cucumber, and lettuce lead the list of water-rich fresh fruits and vegetables.
Water is the true elixir of life. So it is wise to build the habit of drinking enough water, especially during the hot season. When you do, your mind and your body will surely thank you for it.