Nutrition and wellbeing

13 tips to help you remember to drink water.

We all know now how important it is to drink water and stay well hydrated but I have so many people say to me that they just plain forget. The funny thing is that your brain needs water to function optimally and being forgetful can be a sign of being dehydrated! Here are some top tips on reminding yourself to drink water.

1. Keep a bottle or glass of water (pref 500ml/1 pint) by your bed so the first thing you do is drink that before you go down stairs. If you have a cat or a dog I suggest a bottle – you don´t want to end up sharing 😉

2. Whenever you fill up the kettle to make a cuppa pour yourself a large glass of water as well and drink it before you have your cuppa. You may even find you don´t want that coffee or tea after all as you were actually just thirsty. If you still do then at least you will have hydrated a bit before hand.

3. Swap 1 or 2 of your teas or coffees for warm water with a squeeze of lemon. I actually like just hot water plain, as it is. Try it, it´s surprisingly comforting.

Hot Water

Hot lemon water

4. Set a reminder on your phone to go off several times a day.

5. Always keep a bottle of water on you – in hand bag, rucksack etc so you are never caught short and make sure you drink the whole thing every day and re fill. Do not leave in the car for long periods of time though as some tests have shown that the plastic can leach into the water when it gets hot. PBA? No thanks.

6. Use an app on your phone to track and remind you. There are plenty out there to choose from and some are free. There is an app for everything nowadays! Hydro drink water and Waterlogged are just a couple.

7. Freeze some bottles of water to take out with you on hot days. Just drink as it thaws to keep you cool.

8. I love to drink naturally sparkling water from a beautiful wine glass or load up a tall glass with ice and a slice of lemon it feels more special. Can almost kid myself it´s a G&T 😉

posh sparklingwater

posh sparkling water

9. Add natural flavours such as lemon, lime, orange, fresh mint or basil leaves, a long slice of cucumber has a very refreshing taste and a little bit of fresh chilli or ginger gives it a little kick! You can add these to jugs or jars of water and leave in the fridge, topping up every day. Change the fruit/veg/herbs after 3 days. Do not buy the flavoured waters though as you don´t really know what you are getting and they are often loaded with either sugar, artificial flavours or horrid artificial sweeteners.

10. Buy a couple of really nice bottles you can use daily to carry your water around in. Something in your favourite colour, with patterns or pictures that you like – something you are going to want to use. If you are buying plastic be sure to buy BPA free though.
11. My friend and work colleague Helen Turier has a great idea of putting 4 elastic bands around the bottom of a 500ml bottle and every time you empty then refill put one of the elastic bands to the top. The aim is to have them all at the top by the end of the day – showing you have drunk 2 litres of water that day.
12. Use a straw to drink with as you can take bigger gulps and if you have sensitive teeth you don´t need to worry about ice. You can buy glass or stainless steel straws online.
13. Take a large (1-2 litre) bottle of water to work, keep it on your desk and make sure you drink the whole thing by the end of the day. You can even turn it into a little competition with work colleagues on boring days!

Hydration is one of the key elements to keeping your cells happy, something we talk about in the Revitalise your Life plan. If you would like to know more about keeping your cells happy then contact me for how to get started.

I would love to hear some of the ways you remind your self to stay hydrated and get through your water quota each day. Please let me know your top 2 tips in the comments below and share this blog with anyone you think could do with a helping hydrated hand. Cheers!

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