Drinking enough water is a key element in optimizing our health. Often people find that while eating healthily and adding exercise is a great way to feel good, there can still be a prevailing tendency to feel sluggish. Could drinking more water be the answer, and just how much water should we be drinking?
Why is drinking enough water so important?
Studies show that just a 5% drop in our body’s fluid level can result in a 25-35% drop in our energy. Hydration levels affect our mood and ability to focus, and dehydration is the number one leading cause of headaches.
The image below is a start to understanding how much water our body needs in a day. We also need to remember to factor in the amount of exercise that we do. If you are exercising a lot or your job requires more physical activity, you will need to drink even more water. Caffeine will also dehydrate you slightly, so try to match a cup of a caffeinated drink with an equal amount of water.
Practical water tips
Personally, I don’t have a problem drinking water when the weather is warm outside. I must say that I REALLY struggle during the winter months! When it’s chilly outside, there is nothing less appealing than a cold bottle of water. So how can we combat this and increase our water intake? I’ve put together a list of my favourite ways to get in enough H2O:
- I have a bottle that holds 1 litre of water. This is an easy way for me to keep track of my water intake, as I usually just drink two of these during the day.
- Add a cup or two of water into smoothies.
- Drink tea that is naturally decaffeinated such as Rooibos tea – the warm water is much easier when it’s cold outside.
- Add lemon, cucumber, strawberries – whatever you want!- to your water. Not only does this add anti-oxidant benefits, but it also makes the water taste better.
- Use an app on your phone to help you track your water intake. I have used the FitBit app in the past to track my water. If you are using a small bottle or a cup, you can use rubber bands to track your water. If you are going to have 4 bottles of water, put 4 rubber bands on the bottle. Remove each band as you finish drinking the bottle.
- Keep water in sight – this will remind you to keep sipping throughout the day.
- Divide your water up throughout the day – for example, drink 500ml before 10 am, then another 500ml before 12pm, etc.
I’d love to hear other ideas of how readers track and maintain their water intake. Comment and let me know!
Have a great, hydrated day!
Lots of light and love xx