As someone who is approaching middle-age, I can tell when I’ve not been drinking enough water. My skin looks tired and wrinkly, I feel dehydrated and lacking in energy.
I made a resolution to myself that I would make sure I drink 2 litres of water a day. As someone who reaches for a coffee first thing, it’s not always that easy.
So these are my 5 ways to increase your water intake.
- start the day with hot water and lemon. It’s great for flushing your system out and rehydrates you straightaway. I cut my lemon up the night before to save time in the morning so all I need to do is add hot water and I take it with me in my KeepCup to the station.
- flavour your water by adding mint, cucumber, lemon, ginger etc. I’m actually really good at drinking water at work (due to point 3), just not so great at home. I’ve found if I add mint to a carafe, I find it a much more enjoyable and interesting drink (basically I try to kid myself I’m in a restaurant).
- buy a large water bottle with reminders drawn on it to remind you when to drink. This has been the biggest game changer for me: partly because we only have tiny glasses at work and I tend to forget to refill it; and secondly, it really prompts me to check how much I’ve drunk. I bought one from Hydratem8 but you could easily buy a water bottle and mark it yourself.
- carry water with you. If I’m out and about, generally I will wait until I feel ridiculously parched before I will go out in search of somewhere to buy water. I tend to fill my bottle half full (it can be heavy otherwise) and it really makes a difference
- remember there is water in lots of other things. Cucumber, celery, tomatoes and fruits such as watermelon and grapes all contain water. I tend to go for a camomile tea in the afternoon, which is a great way of drinking water with other health benefits too.