As you may know, the human body is composed of 60% water. Drinking an adequate amount of water, or any other healthy beverages, must be practiced as a daily ritual in order to keep your body hydrated. Even though water is the best (and cheapest) beverage that can be consumed, you can try different beverages to add more variety to your daily intake of liquid. This way you will actually look forward to being hydrated instead of just drinking water when you feel thirsty. It is also important to note that you should strictly avoid alcohol or alcoholic beverages.
Following are some tips that will help you increase your daily intake of fluids.
1. Don’t wait until you are thirsty!
Try to adopt to a timely manner of drinking water or some other healthy beverage. Try an app that reminds you to drink water – there are so many apps available for this for free. If you are feeling thirsty, that means your body is already dehydrated. You can measure body hydration levels from the color of your urine: If urine is a pale yellow, then your body is adequately hydrated; if it is a darker shade, then you are dehydrated.
2. Try detox water.
Detox water is a great alternative to water and very easy to make: just slice some lemon or cucumber, add to water, and leave it overnight. It is both delicious and nutritious, and it will be a good change to have instead of plain water.
3. Have a beverage with every meal and snack.
This would be a great way to keep up with the recommended daily amount of 8 glasses of water. You can also alternate between water or any water-based drinks such as milk or juice. Aim for 10 – 12 glasses daily if you are an active person.
4. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
It is important to keep in mind that about 20% of our fluid intake comes from food. In addition to the other numerous health benefits, eating more fruits and vegetables will also help you maintain the required fluid intake. The high water content of fruits and veggies such as watermelon, apple, cucumber, spinach, etc., will not only add to your body hydration, but also help you to obtain essential minerals.
5. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
It’s a good practice to keep a bottle of water with you in your bag, at your work desk, in your car, or even at home by your bed. You can even keep a bottle of detox water instead of plain water so you will be able to enjoy your daily fluid intake.