We are told that we must drink water and that it is good for us. It’s one of those basics, like eating 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables a day, and to do 30 minutes of moderate exercise for 5 days of the week. But how many of us actually do it?
With our best intentions, we sometimes fall off the wagon. But that is okay, we are human after all. We would encourage you to get back on to track, without giving yourself a hard time about it.
There are too many things in our lives that we are juggling without having to give ourselves a hard time about getting off track. Be kind to yourself, and go for it again.
The below are some useful tips about our relationship with water and what we can do to begin our love affair with it.
We will ultimately feel better as the water flushes away toxins and helps to keep us fully hydrated. In our fast paced world, we need to hold onto every trick in the book and if the below can inspire you to hopefully get a bit more H2O into your system, then you’ll feel better.
Try it out and see what happens.
If you aren’t great at drinking water, then initially, try and add an extra glass to whatever your usual quota is for the day. Then after a week or so, add another glass to your quota and so on. Ultimately you want to drink half your body weight from pounds to ounces, eg 160 pounds to 80 ounces of water, is just over 2 litres of water.
Essentially you will begin to create a habit of drinking water on a regular basis, and soon it will be second nature.
Add lemon water. For those who do not like the taste of water, adding fresh lemon or lime juice to each glass can make it more appealing with a refreshing taste. Do not use the lemon concentrate–it must be fresh lemon juice, preferably from organic lemons. Slice up a lemon at the beginning of the day and squeeze each slice into your glass or container of water. The acid of the fresh lemon or lime juice becomes alkaline once inside of the body and is very beneficial to ones health.
Alternatively, you can add fresh ginger, cucumber, mint to add more flavour to your water, without having to go down the carbonated water route.
Prepare a jug overnight in your fridge and decant into a water bottle for your day at work, or on the go.
I like to have a bottle of water in my car and in my hand bag all the time.
Drink water before and after meals. Some people like washing down their food with water or taking sips of water during a meal. This keeps the body from digesting food properly, since the necessary digestive enzymes can be washed away or diluted. It is much better to drink water before eating a meal, preferably 30 minutes before and one to two hours after. Remember to keep track of your water intake for the day when working around meals.
Drink the first glass of water warm. Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), called the “father of holistic medicine” by the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggested drinking the first glass of the day warm in order to flush out the body.
Drink your water at room temperature. Many prefer drinking ice-cold water, but this can be shocking to the system. Drinking water warm or at room temperature makes it easier for the body to use and process it. It also makes it easier to drink all of the ounces of water for your body throughout the day.
Carry Your water in safe, reusable bottles. If you are carrying around a water bottle, make sure it is eco-friendly. An eco-friendly, reusable bottle would be a plus. Some health food stores sell eco-friendly bottles, meaning they are non-toxic and made of materials that are safe for you and the environment. The regular plastic water bottles one can purchase and even the plastic bottles originally containing water can be toxic. They leach chemicals into the water every time they are reused.As more companies become “green”, you will see safe resuable water bottles appearing in greater quantities. You will find that drinking half of your weight in ounces of water each day is easy, refreshing and very enjoyable.
If you are a coffee or tea drinker, add an extra glass of water after drinking each cup of coffee or tea with caffeine. Water is lost when drinking caffeinated beverages, and this is a way to ensure you are still getting enough water.
It is not necessary or recommended to drink more water than what’s required for your body and weight. Drinking too much water each day can be dangerous.
Expect to be urinating more frequently at first. This is very normal. The color of your urine will become lighter also. Ideally, your urine will look like a very pale lemonade.
If you drink coffee, this is a diuretic and your body will lose some of your precious water. Better yet, limit or eliminate all caffeinated beverages, including soft drinks.