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Wellness

6 easy ways to drink more water every day

Abigail Shiers
Abigail Shiers

I think I can safely say that we all struggle to drink enough water each day.

Water is a healthy and cheap choice for quenching your thirst, it has no calories and contains no sugars that can damage teeth.

The NHS has detailed how much water we should be drinking on their website:

“The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That’s about eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman, and 10 glasses of 200ml each for a man.”

With some simple tricks, and maybe getting a new product or two, it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

Here are our 6 best tips for drinking more water every day.

Add flavour to your pitcher.

Why not try adding a little flavour to your water with fresh fruit – such as grapefruit, strawberries or lemon, or veggie slices – cucumber, ginger, or celery, and herbs – such as basil, mint or lavender. The longer you let it steep, the tastier each cup will be. And you can play around with different combos, like cucumber mint or basil lemon.

At Fieldworks we now have the wellbeing garden in full swing and to help staff stay hydrated in these warmer temperatures. There are jugs of rosemary water and/or mint water each day in the kitchen.

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Or take it a step further and get a high-tech water bottle.

Smart water bottles are here to complete the picture. Perhaps the best invention of recent times, these keep up with the level of water you are taking in so you never have to think about it.

A smart water bottle also connects to a phone app. The most basic ones will tell you how much water you have had to drink, your water goals, and how much you have left to drink to achieve your daily goals.

The sophisticated ones will tell your water requirements according to your activity level. They can connect to fitness trackers and apps like Fitbit and Garmin.

For example, both DrinKup and the Thermos Connected Hydration Bottle have smart lids containing sensors, which can tell you how much you need to drink, the temperature of your water and your goal for the day.

The H2OPal and Bellabeat Spring are both designed with different consumers in mind but are focused on working out exactly how much water you should be drinking each day based on all kinds of things, like your activity levels or whether you’re pregnant.

There are also some very simple offerings, like the Hidrate Spark, which simply glows when you need to take a sip. Or the super minimal Joseph Joseph Dot, which tracks your water intake with simple light ‘dots’ throughout the day – no phone needed.

Drinking waterUse an app to track your cups.

I don’t know about you, but for me, if an activity involves using an app, it’s a lot easier for me to get into it. Keeping up with how many glasses you’ve finished can be easy with the help of a free app like Daily Water Free or Daily Water. Download them to your phone to set daily reminders and alarms.

Invest in a filter.

Even if it’s not something you necessarily need because of the quality of water in your area, filtered water can still taste better than what’s coming out of the tap. Also, I find that when I invest in putting a system in place, whether that investment is in the form of money, effort, or both, I find that I’m a bit more likely to make use of that system.

Choose sparkling or mineral water over soda.

If you just can’t stomach the thought of drinking tap water, spice things up with some fizzy water. You can also add a slice of lemon or mint, and you’ve got yourself a mocktail! It also has the added benefit of being able to drink it at your desk. #winning

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Eat water-rich foods.

Add fruits and vegetables with a high-water content to your weekly shop. For instance, cucumber is 96% water, zucchini is 95% water and watermelon is 92% water.

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