Staying Hydrated: 7 Simple Steps to Drinking More Water

Staying Hydrated: 7 Simple Steps to Drinking More Water

August 26, 2019

We all know we should stay hydrated.
We know that it's incredibly good for us, keeping us healthy, focused and alert. 
Most of us don't find it easy to drink enough water though. Amazingly a YouGov poll of 2000 British adults revealed 17% drink no glasses of water in the average day, and only 16% drank the recommended number. We set out with good intentions and then find we haven't drunk the optimum amount each day, and know our body isn't functioning at its best. 
So, what can we do to help ourselves stay hydrated at all times of the year and avoid feelings of thirst, dehydration and tiredness?

 Pouring lemon water

 

Let us help you with 7 of our easiest tips, which the Hello Day team use on a daily basis. Physical and mental health is incredibly important to us and we encourage you to make it a priority too by tracking your water intake with most of our Day Planners. 

 

 

How to Stay Hydrated: 7 Simple Steps

 

Step 1

Always start your day with a glass of warm lemon water. Kirsten, Hello Day's founder is a big advocate of this approach and has started her day this way for the last 10 years. It's one of the reasons why we are so passionate about helping our customers stay hydrated and healthy. 

Simply squeeze half a lemon (with a lemon squeezer if you have one) into a pint glass. Add boiling water to fill half the glass, then top up with room temperature water to get it to a comfortable temp. Drink up! 

This is a great way to help your digestion (your intestines will thank you!), add vitamin C to your diet and skin as well as boost your hydration.  

 

Step 2

Once you've started the day with your lemon water (and if you're like me, followed it promptly with a large coffee or two), fill a reusable water bottle and put it in front of you at a desk, or carry it around with you when you're out and about. 

This way you can't use the excuse of not having any water to hand. Plus using a refillable bottle deters you from buying single use plastic water bottles which we all know should be avoided whenever possible. We are all about saving our beautiful planet!

There are lots of options out there. I use a 750ml bottle from Flaske, a great Dutch company run by a friend of mine.

 

Step 3

The amount of water we should drink varies and depends on your gender, age and body size. Generally, women should aim for 6-8 glasses of water, or fluids, per day. 

How do you keep track and remember how much you've consumed? Well you can use most of our fabulous Day Planners to help you, of course.  

And because we love helping our clients with their wellbeing, we've added specific spaces to record your water intake in every planner. There are 8 circles to check off every day.

Our Mid-Year planners are the perfect accessory if you're planning on improving your hydration levels right now!

 

Step 4

If you don't like the taste of simple, plain water, try adding fresh fruit to each bottle or glass. Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries all work well. You can even add some cucumber and mint to give it a refreshing flavour and make it more interesting. Our favourite bottle specifically for this purpose is Drop Bottle, which is a stunning glass bottle that you can keep freshly chopped fruit in while you drink water throughout the day. 

Remember, anything you can do to help your mind and body feel more hydrated is going to help your ability to function well during the day. 

 

Step 5

Don't confuse hunger with thirst. It's often the case that we think we are hungry, but actually our body is craving hydration. Drink a glass of cold, refreshing water and wait 10-15 minutes. Do you still feel hungry?

It's quite likely that by topping up your fluid levels you'll prevent yourself from snacking on unnecessary sweets and treats. 

 

Step 6

If all the tricks above don't work for you and you don't like the taste of plain water, you can add some squash or cordial to your cup, or even drink a few glasses of fruit tea.

Just be sure they don't have added sugar or caffeine - and keep any milk you add to coffee to a minimum. You don't want to consume extra calories, or the chemicals which can act as diuretics, defeating the objective altogether. 

 

Step 7

Finally, to really keep you on track, you can set a reminder on your phone to drink from your water bottle or glass. Just don't ignore it!

 

What do you do to keep yourself hydrated?

We'd love to know if you have any other tips or hacks for ensuring you drink enough water every day.  

 



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