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5 clever ways to drink more water

Water is more than just an important resource, it’s also very good for your physical health. If you struggle to drink enough water during the day, don’t worry. Here are five simple ways to stay hydrated.

One small thing: Keep a bottle of water close by all day – at work, in the car and at home. This will help to remind you to stay hydrated.

Drinking enough water is very important for your wellbeing. Not only does water help to keep your body temperature and blood volume constant, but it also transports nutrients and oxygen to and from your cells, and helps lubricate joints and body tissues, such as those in your mouth, eyes and nose.

Even so, many of us struggle to drink enough water throughout the day. When faced with the option of sugar-laden soft drinks or delicious cappuccinos, water often seems less appetising.

Here are a five tips to get you over the hurdle and help you stay hydrated this summer.

1. Invest in a water bottle

Thanks to the trend towards plastic-reduction, reusable water bottles have become a thing – now you can opt for something glassy and classy. Or, if you want a sturdier container, choose stainless-steel, which will also keep your water cooler for longer.

A few high-tech companies have brought out bottles that combine ease of use with some nifty features, like those that keep water ice-cold for 12 hours and ones that monitor your water consumption so that you don’t have to.

2. Infuse your water

Water infusion is not just fashionable at high-brow events and kitchen teas; it’s now quite trendy to keep your own in the fridge for a refreshing drink at any time. Simply choose your fruit or herb of choice, chop or slice as you like, and add to a jug of water.

Good combinations include citrus fruits, berries or cucumber, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try fresh herbs such as lavender, mint or basil. Remember, the fresher the better, so don’t leave your water infusion overnight as the ingredients may begin to ferment.

3. Keep a glass of water next to your bed

Get into the habit of drinking a glass of water before going to bed at night as this will help you meet your fluid needs for the day. Try half a glass to begin with; this will ensure no midnight visits to the bathroom.

Regularly wake up feeling thirsty? This is your body’s way of telling you that you’re not drinking enough water.

4. Drink water before meals

Get into the habit of drinking a glass of water at least half an hour before having a meal –this will help you feel fuller so that you eat less.

In the beginning, like most good habits, it may be difficult to get used to, but after a while, it will become a natural part of your daily routine – just stick to it as often as you can.

5. Organise a little healthy competition

If you have a competitive side, now’s the time to put it to good use. Get a friend or the whole family to join you for a water-drinking competition.

Decide on a water-drinking goal for the day (the recommended daily amount is eight glasses) and ask everyone to report back on their progress each day.

Those who managed to drink the required amount score points and, at the end of the week, the person with the most points wins. Have fun getting hydrated!

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References:
https://www.healthline.com/health/drinking-water-before-bed#drinking-before-bed
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-how-much-water-should-you-drink/
https://www.brit.co/high-tech-water-bottles/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-health-benefits-of-water#section2
https://www.uwhealth.org/madison-plastic-surgery/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/26334