Drink up! 3 tricks to keep yourself hydrated
Drinking a sufficient amount of water each day is important for maintaining healthy digestion and kidney function, as well as beautiful glowing hair and skin. But with our busy lives and hectic schedules, keeping track of our water intake can become somewhat of a nuisance. Here are a few tips to help you keep your body well hydrated without too much hassle.
Make your own spa water
Granted, compared to sodas, juices and colourful sugary drinks, water does seem a bit boring. If you find that you drink less water because it’s not “tempting” enough, try replacing it with so-called “spa water”.
Fill a transparent jug with water and add lemon, orange or cucumber slices, mint leaves and berries. The bright colours and fruity aroma will definitely make a drink of water more appealing. Remember to wash out the jug at least once every two days and store in a cool place to prevent bacteria formation.
Eat fruits and vegetables
A balanced diet does go a long way, since most fruits and vegetables are actually around 80% water. Apples, melons, cucumbers, strawberries, all have a high water content which can help you top off your daily necessary water intake.
Just make sure they’re fresh and clean. You can make yourself a morning fruit juice, a fruit salad snack or a dish of juicy steamed vegetables.
Nothing quite compares to the joy of drinking a hot cup of tea on a chilly autumn afternoon. Even during the summertime, similar to a hot shower, a cup of tea may prove more refreshing than a cold beer. Moreover, rather than a sweet desert or a cold drink, a cup of warm tea after a meal ensures a smooth and healthy digestion.
Make sure you check the brewing time and effects or properties of the plants when choosing your tea. Green or black tea, for instance, only needs 3-5 minutes of brewing, otherwise it turns bitter, whereas fruit infusions usually take up to 10 minutes.
Chamomile tea has relaxing properties, whereas green and black tea have stimulating effects, due to their caffeine content. Also, be careful with peppermint tea: it may taste good, but if you make it too strong, you may find yourself constipated for several days.
Can one drink too much water?
Yes and no. We eliminate plenty of water through urine and sweat, and our body needs replenishing, especially during the summer time or after a workout. However, if you drink more than 4 litres of water a day, in normal circumstances, and still feel thirsty, that may be a symptom of diabetes.
Yes, there is such a thing as water intoxication, as is the case with any substance consumed in excess. If your kidneys aren’t functioning properly, drinking more water than you can eliminate may lead to water poisoning (also known as dilutional hyponatremia).
Endurance athletes, such as marathon runners, are also susceptible to water intoxication if they drink too much while exercising, caused by a severe decrease in sodium levels.
Note: Alcohol and caffeine may lead to dehydration, so when you go out for a drink or a cup of coffee, make sure you have a bottle of water handy.