Drinking water may seem like a no-brainer to some people but to others it can be a real challenge. I remember when I first started on my fitness journey I would have been lucky to drink one litre of water each day. Now, I average about 3L of water per day. Let’s get into why you should drink a significant amount of water every day!
1. Water Helps Us Perform Better Physically
Up to 60% of the human adult body is made up of water and dehydration can have a noticeable effect if you lose as little as 2% of your body's water content! By replenishing our water intake during the day we can stay hydrated and ensure we are performing at our best!
2. Being Properly Hydrated Improves Brain Function
Dehydration has a major effect on our brain function. It can affect our mood, concentration and it often leads to headaches!
3. Drinking Water May Help Reduce Headaches And Migraines
In many adults dehydration can cause headaches and migraines. By remaining hydrated you can reduce the risk of this occurring!
4. Drinking Water Can Aid Weight Loss!
Water can cause us to feel fuller and also increases our metabolism. Some studies have shown that drinking half a litre of water can increase your metabolism by up to 30% for up to an hour and a half!
5. Drinking Water Leads To Many Health Benefits
Drinking enough water daily can have long lasting positive health effects. Here are some, just to name a few!
- May relieve constipation
- May prevent kidney stones
- Helps prevent hangovers
- Improves Skin Complexion
- Prevents Cramps & Sprains
As you can see, there are tons of reasons why you should drink water every day! For some of us though, drinking enough water is still a daily struggle. Below are my top tips that helped me to drink more water every day!
1. Get a Large Water Bottle (1 or 2 Litres)
Having a large bottle means you only have to drink 2 bottles a day rather than many small ones. For office workers especially, this makes the trip to the kitchen for a refill fast less frequent! It also makes it seem much more manageable.
2. Take 4 or 5 sips every time you drink rather than just one.
This is especially helpful for then you’re first starting and aren’t thirsty all the time yet! By consciously taking additional mouthfuls you will get through your water consumption quicker without realising.
3. As soon as your bottle is finished go and fill it up
You want to ensure you always have water on hand! If you don't fill up right away, you may get too caught up in what you are doing to remember to drink. This can lead to exhaustion and feeling lethargic later in the day.
4. Add some cucumber, mint, or lemon
Adding this to your water can make it taste better if you don't like the taste of the water you are drinking. Just a word of caution though, watch the enamel on your teeth! The acidity in lemon especially can wear this down. If you drink water like this often, it is best to use a straw to avoid damaging your teeth.
I hope this blog has been helpful and has given you some new ideas on how to increase your water intake. Do you have any tips? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear them!