It is important to stay hydrated. Water helps you stay cool, maintains skin health, supports kidney functions and helps energise muscles among other health benefits.
However, staying properly hydrated can be difficult for some people. Drinking water may not be a priority for other people because of their demanding and busy life.
In some cases, people hate water because of their diets that are high in sugar or sweet drinks.
Health experts previously recommended drinking eight glasses of water everyday. However, previous research debunked the advice and organisations eventually provided new recommendations with different consumption levels.
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) said it is difficult to give recommendations about fluid requirements. The organisation noted a person’s water needs should depend on his or her activity level, location and health status among other factors to consider.
So it is important to check those factors before reducing or increasing your water intake based on tips from online health size or magazines. To help you in your journey to a healthy lifestyle, this article explores the best ways to improve your hydration.
Always bring a water bottle
Easy access to a water bottle or container anywhere and anytime could help you manage your water consumption. It will either encourage you to drink more or help you monitor your intake depending on the recommended levels you need.
Consider water over other drinks
When you are thinking about drinking soda and other sugary drinks, always add water to the options and pick it. It could help you stay properly hydrated and reduce your calorie intake.
The drinks with added sugar have long been associated with the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Eat foods that contain water
If you cannot drink more water, eat more for hydration. There are fruits and vegetables that can give your more water and help meet your daily needs.
Healthline’s list includes lettuce, celery, zucchini, cabbage, watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon.
Add some flavour
Drinking water can be boring that may encourage you to drink a bottle of soda. But you can add a little flavour to your water using some fruit-infuser water bottles.
Some good combinations are strawberry-kiwi, cucumber-lime and lemon. You can try other fruit flavours depending on your taste.
There are also water enhancers in powder or liquid form. But always check the product’s content for added sugar and other additives.
Be A SMART Drinker
Set your goals and be smart. Your daily water intake should follow the SMART plan that focuses on “specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound” drinking.
SMART could help you monitor your consumption daily and boost your motivation to stay hydrated since you can see your progress easily.
Source: Medical Daily