When you don’t drink adequate water each day, your energy levels drop and your body struggles to meet its needs. Drinking at least eight glasses of water each day is recommended. Drinking adequate water helps the body to rejuvenate itself. It also aids in weight loss, maintaining the mineral, and maintaining the salt balance in the body and fights against bladder infections.
You can increase your water intake by adding flavor to your water with vegetables and fruits. This can be done by consuming vegetables and fruits that are high in water content, spacing your water consumption throughout the day, drinking green tea as a beverage, and by drinking water before meals.1
Simple Tricks To Drink More Water
1. Flavored Water Can Come In Handy
Now, there is an easy way for you to drink more water. Toss in some cucumber slices, lemon juice, a bunch of mint leaves, and some ginger juliennes in a pitcher filled with water and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Fruits like oranges, berries, and herbs can also be added for a variety of flavors.
A cup of cool and refreshing detox water in the morning is enough to bring your senses alive. This detox drink greatly helps in flushing out toxins from the body and aids in weight loss as well.2 You thus get the hydration from water, the goodness from the additives, and you get to hydrate yourself very well.
2. Eat Fresh Watery Fruits And Vegetables
Consuming veggies and fruits high in water content can help you meet the daily water requirements of your body. Some of the veggies and fruits with the highest water content are cucumber, tomatoes, cabbage, bell peppers, strawberries, watermelon, and celery. These veggies and fruits are also high in mineral content like magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium, which is an added advantage. You can eat them raw as that keeps the nutrients intact. It also helps you manage your weight.3
3. Span Out Your Water Consumption
The reason you may have for not drinking enough water is that you don’t feel like drinking all the water in one go, that too in the mornings in particular. An easy way to get over this is to space your water intake in intervals, say 2 to 3 glasses of water an hour apart. It helps you stay hydrated throughout the day. Keep a water bottle handy on your desk and sip whenever you feel thirsty. 4
4. Hydrate Yourself With Green Tea
Green tea has amazing benefits in itself. Consuming green tea in between meals helps in the digestion process and keeps you hydrated. It also helps in weight loss, flushes out toxins from the body, and can keep blood sugar under control. It is also found to be beneficial in fighting cancer because of its antioxidant properties. Grab a drink or two of green tea at your workplace or at home for that instant refreshing mood and push up your water meter!5
5. Drink Water Before Eating
Drinking water an hour before your daily meal can help in digesting the food and avoiding bloating. It also prevents the buildup of gas in the digestive system when you take food on an empty stomach. This further helps in calming down the raging acids in your stomach when you have not taken a meal.
Opt for a glass of water when you happen to skip a meal, to reduce the acidity levels in the stomach and keep you feeling full. It is helpful for people suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, and acid reflux in particular. It also helps obese individuals as they tend to consume lesser calories and feel full when they drink water just before a meal.6
With these easy tips, getting eight glasses of water a day isn’t so difficult after all. Drink up!
|↑1||Rylander, Ragnar. “Drinking water constituents and disease.” The Journal of nutrition 138, no. 2 (2008): 423S-425S.|
|↑2||Mitha, Madhu, B. Divya, and Simmi Jain. “Formulation and quality analysis of detox drink.” (2016).|
|↑3||Can eating fruits and vegetables help people to manage their weight?. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.|
|↑4||Stewart, Brett and Irwin, Corey. The Athlete’s Cookbook: A Nutritional Program to Fuel the Body for Peak Performance and Rapid Recovery. Ulysses Press, 2014.|
|↑5||Cabrera, Carmen, Reyes Artacho, and Rafael Giménez. “Beneficial effects of green tea—a review.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition 25, no. 2 (2006): 79-99.|
|↑6||Dennis, Elizabeth A., Ana Laura Dengo, Dana L. Comber, Kyle D. Flack, Jyoti Savla, Kevin P. Davy, and Brenda M. Davy. “Water consumption increases weight loss during a hypocaloric diet intervention in middle‐aged and older adults.” Obesity 18, no. 2 (2010): 300-307.|