We all know we need to drink water. Many of us don’t drink enough. We have good intentions of giving our bodies the right amount of water to hydrate ourselves, boost energy and get rid of nasty toxins in our systems. But like so many other things the intention is good but the reality falls short.
Most of us need to drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day to stay well-hydrated. If you are physically active, pregnant, breastfeeding or feeling unwell you may need more.
Water does amazing things in our bodies and we should respect its importance to our health. Water helps us with good blood flow and can reduce blood pressure, it lubricates joints and it balances our bodily fluids. When our bodily fluids are balanced we have improved digestion, we absorb the necessary nutrients from our food, we are able to transport these nutrients, and we maintain our body temperature.
I want to drink more water but when I do I feel like a camel! How do we drink more water without the bloat?
Here are some easy tips to get that much-needed H2O in your day:
Have a glass first thing in the morning and a glass just before bed. Making it part of your daily routine instantly increases your intake level.
Flavour your water. Add some lemon juice to aid in digestion. Or get creative with combinations:
- Raspberries and mint
- Orange and lime slices
- Blackberries and kiwi fruit
Adding these combinations to filtered water gives it a nice kick, but adding them to carbonated water takes it to a whole new level! You will drink your daily quota with ease.
Herbal tea is always a nice way to increase your water intake. Drinking herbal tea can be a great way to decrease your caffeine intake, even if it’s only by one cup a day. There are abundant flavours to choose from, each with health benefits that are extraordinary.
If drinking more water or herbal tea doesn’t sound appealing you can get more water in your diet via some delicious hydrating foods:
- Grape Tomatoes
- Leafy greens
Water is essential for a healthy mind and body, being honest and taking a look at how much water you are drinking on an average day is very important. Make it fun, change it up and add a bit more where you can throughout the day. You will feel the difference when you add more water, a nice hydrated feeling and hopefully not like a camel with a full hump!
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