How to drink more water

I’m sure you know that it’s good for you to drink water and stay hydrated. You are 60-80% water but here’s a few things that can happen if you are dehydrated.

-Up to 8% of your blood disappears which can lead to narrow blood vessels, blood clots, raised blood pressure and a higher chance of having a heart attack.

-Up 26% can disappear from your intercellular space. Leads to higher acidity levels, gout, kidney stones, brittle bones, lower immunity.

-66% of your cells, higher cholesterol, reduced metabolism and accelerated ageing.

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First of all check what your water intake should be per a day, click here.

 

So here’s some tips that help me drink more water

I will link my favourites after

1. Drink water as soon as you wake up. Leave a bottle next to your bed, not drinking for those 7-8 hours of sleeping can make you very dehydrated.

2. Buy a nice water bottle. Personally, I like to buy several. One to take out and about, as well as one that is large to use at home.IMG_0127

3. Drink through a straw. You tend to drink more this way as you feel you aren’t drinking as much when using a straw. I recommend reusable straws as this doesn’t damage our sea life

(Here’s a Youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wH878t78bw )

 

4. Drink flavoured water. Put fruit in a bottle of water if you aren’t a fan of the taste of water.

5. Put reminders on your phone. I suggest one for every hour.

6. Track your water intake. I use the app My Water to help me keep track but you can also draw out cups and colour them in every time you drink a glass.

 

IMG_01257.Take a bottle of water everywhere! Put it on your desk at work/ school, throw a bottle in your bag. Take that bottle everywhere like it’s an extra limb!

8. Eat food which has a high water content. Some examples are, watermelon 92%(obviously), strawberries 92%, cantaloupe 90%, peaches 88% and many more.

 

9.Exercise. I find that I drink more when I workout in order to rehydrate.

10. Listen to your body. Check in with yourself throughout the day, is your throat dry? Do you feel tired when you shouldn’t be?

 

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My faves

Camelbak water bottle (it has a straw already in it)

Reusable straws

Current water bottle

Bottles to put fruit in

Youtube vid about dehydration 

 


Stay hydrated,

Holly x

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