“Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday.”
it’s a common advice we hear on an everyday basis, isn’t it?
Water plays an important role in every physiological process that takes place in our body. Be it blood circulation, or digestion, cooling our body or driving away exhaustion, our body’s need for water can never be underrated.
But, rarely do we remember to drink water the way we remember other things. We prepare to-do lists for every little thing we need to do in a day, but never include “Drink enough water” to it.
Often, during the day, we feel exhausted and irritable and blame our tight schedules for it. Seldom do we pause to think if we have been drinking water while completing our tasks. The irritability and the fatigue is a signal from our body that it needs water–a signal we fail to read.
Hours pass before we realise we haven’t had a glass of water! Nothing can make you realise the impact of not having enough water as much as your body can. So, why not add ‘DRINK WATER EVERY HOUR” to our to-do list?
TIPS TO REMIND YOU TO DRINK WATER:
- Set an alarm in your smartphone for every hour that will remind you to drink water.
- Label the alarm: DRINK WATER NOW.
- Drink two glasses of water every hour, or more/less, as per your requirement.
TIPS TO INCREASE WATER INTAKE:
This again is something we all know about, but don’t bring into practice as often as we should–which is everyday!
- If you find drinking plain water boring, you could add some mint leaves and citrus fruits to it. Or, include green tea, fruit juices (home-made), coconut water and buttermilk, too.
- Drinking coconut water after a workout, instead of a protein shake, will help replace the electrolytes and potassium that your body loses while exercising.
- Include vegetables like cucumber, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, zucchini and broccoli that are high in water content.
- Include fresh fruits like oranges, lemons, grapefruits, watermelons, musk melons and pineapples that also have a high water content.
- Having a bowl of cucumber+tomato+carrot salad for dinner will not only supply you with enough fluids for the night but also help flush out toxins and supply you with the much-needed fibre for a healthy gut.
- Starting the day with two glasses of warm jeera (cumin) water has wonderful health benefits, too.
- Keep sipping warm lemon water at regular intervals instead of tea or coffee. But, be careful if you have sensitive teeth. The acid in lemon can make your teeth more sensitive.
- Opt for fruit juices made at home, or cut fruit. Sugarcane juice is also one of the best thirst quenchers that also energise you on a tiring day.
- Drink a glass of water an hour before bedtime so your sleep won’t be interrupted by bathroom visits.
- Lastly, drink a glass of water an hour before meals and an hour after meals, instead of during the meals.
The best way to check if you have had enough water during the day, is to observe the colour of your urine. If it’s clear or light yellow, it means you have had sufficient water. If it’s dark in colour and has a strong smell, it means you need to hydrate.
A word of caution here:
Drinking excessive water can harm your health! I came across this note in the papers today. Do read about the side-effects of drinking too much water.
I am participating in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge and my theme this year is ‘SELF-CARE’.
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