As the warmer weather comes (and goes if you live in Scotland like me) it’s important to keep yourself hydrated. Not only does it have several benefits such as clearer and more nourished skin, it’s also essential for our bodies to function on a daily basis.
Making sure you stay hydrated is essential for our bodies to work the way they are supposed to, and even more essential as the days get hotter.
However, I know for a lot of people it’s hard to make sure you are drinking so I’ve popped six top tips below in order to make it easy for you!
1. Water bottles are your best friend! I usually say the bigger the better because I’m awful at filling it up, so the fewer times I have to do that in a day the better. I have a work one and a home one so that I always have one around me, therefore no excuse not to drink out of it!
2. If you don’t like drinking water that much then there are other ways, like drinking tea and coffee. Now I’m not saying go and drink four or five cups of coffee in a day because that much caffeine isn’t good for anyone, but having an extra cuppa after lunch or dinner can help with your water intake. And if you don’t like normal tea and coffee then there are so many options. Some of my favourites are peppermint, green or lemon and ginger tea.
3. Again, touching on the point above, if you don’t like plain water then you can flavour it. You don’t need to be restricted to juice, you can use fruit and veg too. I like to have lemon and lime or even some mint in my water. It makes it very refreshing and it’s better than drinking plain water! Lemon is also great for your skin so that’s a win win.
4. Have a goal in mind for how much you want to drink and then you will be more likely to stick to it. For example, I know my bottle is 750ml and I try and drink at least three of them a day, more if I’m exercising. You are always more likely to stick to something if you have a goal in mind.
5. If you are really struggling to make sure you drink enough then you could set alarms on your phone every couple of hours to make yourself get up and get a drink. I know when I’m at my desk I can get busy and engrossed in something and then three hours have gone by and I’ve not taken a sip – alarms and reminders can work as a handy tool to prompt you.
6. Last but not least, you can also eat your water to help boost your hydration levels. Fruit such as watermelon, strawberries and peaches have a high water content, and so do vegetables like peppers and cucumber. You can have them as a snack or as part of a meal and Bob’s your uncle you’ve just consumed some more water without even having to think about it.
Drinking more can be difficult but it’s an important habit to get into, so I hope you found these top tips useful!