Do you find it hard to remember to drink enough water? Well, you’re not alone.
Drinking water is one of the best things we can do for our health and wellbeing on so many levels, but we often find it hard to remember to drink the amount we need to stay hydrated.
Luckily for you, there are some really simple ways you can trick your body into:
Here are our favourite and most effective ways of tricking yourself into developing a healthy habit of drinking lots of water every day.
Invest in a good quality home water filtration system
When something tastes this good both you and all of your family will want to drink more. And nothing is as tasty, refreshing or as thirst-quenching as pure filtered water.
Investing in a good quality home water filtration system is cheaper and easier than you think. And the modern inline filter systems don’t require a separate tap or a plumber to install them…they simply attach, out of sight, under your kitchen bench, to your existing pipes.
Do you always start your day with a cup of tea of coffee? Have a bath or a shower, morning or night, and brush your teeth twice a day? Well why not have a glass of water at the same time!
When you wake up have a glass of water. Add another one in when you have your morning coffee, and so on and so on. When you brush your teeth in the morning and again at night. After your shower, and before or after every meal. There’s eight extra glasses there…and we’ve only just scratched the surface.
Once you’ve include drinking water to your existing daily routine you’ll be surprised just how quickly 8 glasses a day becomes second nature.
When you invest in a good water bottle you can take your water with you anywhere, anytime, avoid the expense and environmental impact of bottled water and keep track of your daily water intake.
Invest a high-quality bottle, one that you can easily clean and will last for years, and if you are on the go a lot get two of them, so you always have a clean one filled with pure filtered water, ready to go in the fridge.
If you’ve worried about drinking water from a plastic bottle that’s been sitting in the sun you can also choose from stainless steel or glass water bottles.
If you still keep forgetting to drink enough water, use the timer on your phone. Set it to go off throughout the day and each time it does, drink one glass of water.
Or you could download one of the many apps specifically designed to remind you to drink more—there are plenty of free ones that remind you when to drink and also record how much you’ve drunk.
Perhaps you’re not drinking enough water because you prefer the taste of sugar-laden soft drinks, fruit juices or mineral waters?
Well you can still add some flavour without adding sugar by pimping up your water with pieces of fresh fruit (strawberries, lemon or lime slices), veggie slices (cucumber, ginger, celery) or fresh herbs (basil, mint, lavender) to your water jug.
Another great idea is to invest in a soda siphon to add fizz without calories to your filtered water.
Not all water needs to be ingested in liquid form. There are many fruits and vegetables choc-full of water which can all help boost your water intake, such as: watermelon, rockmelon, grapes, cucumber, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, citrus, spinach, strawberries, cherries and zucchini. But keep in mind that cooking fruit and veggies reduces their water content, so they are best eaten raw.
Drinking before you eat not only helps you create a habit, but it increases your water intake by at least three glasses of water a day, and fills you up before meals, which can also help you lose weight.
Every time you go to the bathroom, remember to drink a glass of water.
This will not only remind you to drink more, but also make you go to the bathroom more, which in turn makes you drink water more. Which is a win/win for your hydration.
Even a night out on the town can be a boost for your hydration if you remember to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume.
Not only will you stay hydrated, but you’ll save money…and you’ll probably thank us in the morning!
Creating new habits take time and what works for others, might not work as well for you.
But we can guarantee whatever tricks you use to create your habit of drinking water, you’ll feel better at every single level.
Creating your daily habit of drinking water isn’t as hard as you think…you’ve just got to know how.
Read more on the health benefits of filtered water