It may be called the elixir of life, but, the humble water often receives a royal snub from most of us. Don’t try to deny it. We’ve all done it at some point or the other.
Want proof? Okay then, answer this: what’s the first thing you want when you stumble out of bed every morning?
C.O.F.F.E.E not W.A.T.E.R. It’s our fire-up-the-system drink for every morning. Trust us, you aren’t alone. Most of us “forget” to drink water.
How Much Water Should You Drink?
Ideally, every individual should be able to decide how much they drink because it depends on your overall health and lifestyle. However, the health authorities do recommend we drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day (mostly referred to as an 8X8 rule), that roughly translates to 2 liters. It is safe to say that anything less than the recommended intake could be a problem. And if you find it hard to monitor your intake, might we suggest you do this:
We all are aware of our lack of hydration, but we often make excuses to not drink water. We picked the most common excuses and suggest a way to work around them and down that H2O!
You Are Not Thirsty
Had to begin with this one because well, when you aren’t thirsty you can’t force feed yourself water. Can you ,now? Actually you can, and you should.
Did you know that thirst is often masked as hunger?
In fact, it does. So, the next time you want to go grab a snack (junk mostly!) or a bite – have some water. If you are still hungry after having water, then go ahead and eat. But you will notice that a glass of water usually satisfies your “hunger”.
Drinking water also ensures you do not stuff your face mindlessly, and therefore, is good for those wanting to shed the extra pounds!
You Prefer Other Beverage(s)
We get it. Most of us graviate towards coffee, tea or a fiz drink and it is okay as long as you also include water to your list of liquids. These drinks aren’t a subsititute for water.
Remember, water is vital for your body’s functioning. Water aids better blood circulation, flushes out toxins from the body (remember the countless pee breaks!), keeps the headaches at bay, as well as the crankiness, and the skin glowing.
When you don’t pick up the thirst cues your body is giving you, it sends out stronger signals. Yes, a headache could be because you are dehydrated, so instead of popping a pill have a glass of water. Same for cranky behavior. Or listless looking skin. Or even constipation!
Well, for your well-being, we hope not. Here’s something that works! Set an alarm on your phone. Or if you are married to your desk then setting a prompt on your laptop. It reminds you to walk away from your desk and while you are away, take that much-needed water break. In fact, before you reach for your choice of beverage, have a glass of water.
Don’t Like How It Tastes
Now, this is an easy one to fix! If you find the tasteless water boring and unappetising, then try infused water. Problem solved! You’d be surprised how much spunk you can add to a jar/bottle of water. And what’s best, your bottle of water could become a conversation starter, motivating others to have more water as well!
That’s it. Oh, and one last thing.