Summer’s in full swing, which means the bikinis are out, the sun is shining and it’s officially beach weather. But, hand in hand with the hot weather comes a higher risk of dehydration. And with dehydration comes nasty things like a negative effect on our mood, energy levels and ability to think clearly. So, while Summer can be a really enjoyable time of year, there are certainly a lot of good reasons to keep an eye on our water intake. Here are a few practical tips that will see you reaching for another glass of H20 without even realising it.
SIP FROM A HIGH TECH WATER BOTTLE
If you’re ga-ga for gadgets like us, then you need to get your hands on a high tech water bottle. One brand that stands out is the Make One prime Vessyl Intelligent Cup, which is actually sold at the Apple store. With this cup, you input data like your age, weight, height, and gender, and it will work out how much water you should be drinking. You can pair your iPhone or Apple watch to it and it will send you reminders through the day of how much you should be drinking and keeps track of how much you’ve drunk through the day. Pretty freaking cool if you ask us.
USE A WATER TRACKER APP
In this day and age, it can be easy to be too busy to actually remember how much water you’ve drunk. So, let an app do the hard work. Daily Water is a free app (with the option of upgrade) and after entering some basic stats, it will work out how much water you should be consuming for your size. You can easily input data about each time you drink some water, and it will send you reminders throughout the day to drink more. The best part? Every time you log a drink the app has a little celebration party for you!
RAMP UP THE FLAVOUR!
Let’s face it, water isn’t exactly the most exciting drink in the world. So, rather than turning to dehydrate and sugar-packed beverages like soft drinks, try a healthy and tastier spin on water by adding natural fruits! Simply slice up a range of fruits and pop them in a big jug of water and leave it to infuse overnight. By morning time, your boring water will taste fantastic!
MATCH EACH GLASS OF ALCOHOL WITH ONE OF WATER
You’ve probably heard of the hangover-fighting technique of drinking a glass of water after every time you drink an alcoholic beverage, but this can be a great method to increase H20 intake too. We all know about the negative effects alcohol can have on our health, and most bars will serve you a glass of ice cold water between drinks – so you have no excuses!
EAT WATER RICH FOOD
Contrary to popular belief, water doesn’t actually need to be drunk to be ingested. There are plenty of water-rich foods like Watermelon, Oranges, Cucumber, Celery, Lettuce and Spinach that will help hydrate your body without having to actually drink anything!
REACHABLE BIG JUGS
With our busy lifestyles, it’s important to make drinking water convenient for you. So, pack a big jug and keep it on you at all times so that you can sip on throughout the day. Pack a big, cold 1.25L bottle in an insulated bag in your car, and reach for it every time you drive to your next job, or even set a few reminders on your phone to remember to have a drink while you’re working. Better yet, invest in an insulated water bottle for your toolbox so your water stays with you and stays cool – much more enjoyable!