We often hear that we should drink more water. And that drinking water is important for our health and well-being, But why? In this article we will go into the why and how of drinking more water. Read on to find out 4 simple steps to drink more water.
Around 60% of our body is made up of water. We often hear that we should drink a certain amount of water to be healthy.
But what are the benefits of drinking water? First of all, we of course need water for our basic bodily functions. Our kidneys cannot function properly without enough water.
Of course, our physical performance suffers if we are not hydrated enough. This is especially problematic in situations where we are doing intense exercises or in places with hot weather.
There are other, lesser known but equally important benefits of drinking water. One of them is improving our cognitive function. If we don’t drink enough water, our brains can’t work properly. We make more mistakes in whatever we are busy with. Another benefit is that drinking water can help prevent headaches and migraines.
Drinking enough water can help with constipation too. There is evidence to back up the claim that drinking water helps us restore our normal bowel movements.
Some studies even show that we might be able to lose weight more easily if we drink enough water. The explanation is that drinking water increases our metabolism, and that helps us burn more calories in a day.
In case you’re having trouble drinking enough water, don’t worry. We’ve all been there at some point. Given that drinking enough water is so important for our health and well-being, here are some tips that can help you drink more water.
4 WAYS TO DRINK MORE WATER
- SPICE UP YOUR WATER WITH FLAVORS!
You don’t have to be drinking plain water all the time. There are quite a few things you can add to your water to give it some excitement and extra flavor. The first option that comes to mind are of course teas. You can prepare a nice cup of green, black or even herbal tea (in case you’re worried that drinking teas will make you pee more, don’t fret, teas are still a net positive for keeping you hydrated). You can also try adding slices of fresh fruit (lemon, blackberry, strawberry) or vegetables (ginger, cucumber) or even herbs (mint, rosemary). It’s best to drink flavor infused water 2 to 4 hours after making it. But you can even prepare some before and leave it in the fridge overnight for some delicious infused water in the morning.
- ALWAYS KEEP A BIG WATER BOTTLE OR PITCHER NEARBY
Keep a water bottle or pitcher near wherever you will be spending most of your time. Whether that be your desk, kitchen table or next to your yoga mat on the floor. When you have easy and quick access to water you’ll naturally want to drink it more often. You’ll also be reminded to drink more water by seeing the level of water throughout the day. You can consider it a mini challenge to finish it before the day ends!
- STOP BUYING SUGARY DRINKS
By drinking less sugary drinks like sodas, lemonades and juices, you free up your body to have more room for water. It might be difficult to change your lifestyle so you can start by gradually eliminating sugary drinks. And you can limit drinking them to social gatherings.
- MAKE A RULE TO DRINK A GLASS OF WATER AFTER EVERY BATHROOM BREAK
Going to the bathroom can be an easy way to remind yourself to drink a glass of water. You’re already walking to the bathroom so you might as well grab your bottle or glass and fill it from the faucet or water cooler. Besides, the more you drink the more you will go to the bathroom. So you will have created a self-repeating cycle for yourself.
So with these tips and knowledge about why drinking water is important you should have everything you need to get started. Here’s to your health, cheers!