When speaking of wellness, rarely do we give attention to staying hydrated, but getting plenty of water is the single-most basic thing you can do to improve overall health. Maintaining the levels of fluid in our body is incredibly important, and even slight dehydration can have an impact on how you feel. Immediate symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, or loss of concentration. The first thing to do as soon as you experience any of these feelings is to consider if you've been drinking enough water that day.
Feeling thirsty usually comes after you're already dehydrated, so if you're someone who struggles with getting 8-10 glasses a day, keeping a reuseable bottle by your side throughout the day may be the key to increasing your intake.
For soda or flavour lovers, adding carbonation by using a Soda Stream or making a big pitcher of flavoured water using your favourite fruits may help. Cut up citrus, strawberries, or peaches and fun herbs like mint or basil - simply place in a pitcher and keep in the fridge to encourage hydration!
Outside of how you feel (which is reason enough!) drinking more water has been shown to have significant impacts on how you look as well. Studies have shown that increasing water intake can promote weight loss by slightly increasing your metabolism, which can increase the number of calories you burn on a daily basis.
If you still have trouble upping water intake, here are some quick additional tips to help make it a daily habit:
- Set reminders on your phone
- Purchase a water bottle that tracks intake throughout the day
- One to one: each time you enjoy a cocktail, ensure you have a glass of water to go with it
- Drink a litre of water when you wake up
- Brew a cup of tea everyday at the same time
- Download an app to track
- Attach drinking a glass of water to a habit you already have, like waiting for your morning coffee to brew or turning on the news in the morning