We’ve all heard this before haven’t we? Drink more water to stay hydrated. Drink more water for better skin. Drink more water. Period.
Yet lets face it – are you drinking ENOUGH water? If you only drink water when you’re feeling thirsty its technically too late. Your body is already dehydrated. The common thing we hear about is 8 8oz glasses a day but honestly, are you drinking even that? Well, I have a very simple tip for you to help you monitor your water intake, and I’ll also share some quick tips on how upping and monitoring my water intake has helped me personally in recent times. I’d like to hear if you have any tips too or if you just don’t like the taste of water? :)
Keep a water bottle by your side
Its very simple actually. Get yourself a water bottle with a set measurement of how much water it will hold then keep it by your side at work and when you’re at home. I have 2 such bottles. The one I have in the photo holds just 800ml but I have another that holds 1125ml that I keep at work.
At work, I try to ensure that I drink at least 2.5 of the large bottles spread out over a work day. That gives me about 2.2-3 litres of water, which is about the recommended amount. At home, I technically shouldn’t need a bottle to measure water intake, but I soon realised that I drink far less water at home than when I’m at work! So I’ve started this habit too. I just keep the bottle by me when I’m working or watching TV.
This way, I ensure that I drink sufficient water throughout the day and I’ve also realised that since practising this, I’ve derived some health and beauty benefits that I thought I’d quickly share :)
Curing a headache
I developed a rather bad headache while at work one morning and couldn’t find any Panadol on hand. I don’t normally get headaches or migranes for which I count myself lucky, but when I do I do feel terrible. I was planning to head home early but there were things I had to do so I soldiered on, while drinking my water at my desk. By mid afternoon, I was called out for a surprise meeting but it was then that I suddenly realised that my headache was gone! My head did still feel a little heavy but it wasn’t throbbing anymore. I soon found out that drinking enough water balances the electrolytes in your body and that sometimes, headaches are caused by dehydration. So drinking lots of water helped flush that away.
We know we need to keep our skin hydrated inside and outside and sometimes, creams and lotions can only do so much. Dehydrated skin is also a sign you aren’t drinking enough water. Since I started monitoring my water intake, I have noticed that my skin is better than before even while using the same set of skincare that I have for months. Less problem with flaky skin and hydration levels.
No more chapped or dry lips
One of the places that show dehydration most quickly is your lips. The skin on our lips is very thin and very delicate. When I started monitoring my water intake, I realised that the sporadic incidences of chapped or dry lips were no more. I’d wake up with supple lips (I do use Lucas Papaw Ointment at night) and despite sitting in an air-conditioned office all day I didn’t have dry lips. I didn’t need a lip balm (I never use one anyway) and lipstick or lipgloss just looks so much better. So before you whip out your lipbalm next time you feel that your lips are too dry, consider your water intake instead. It could just mean you aren’t drinking enough water.
Cleansing to the system
Our bodies are mostly made up of water so it is no surprise that if you don’t have enough, you can encounter problems. Living in a tropical country and especially right now when we are facing very poor air quality in our part of the world due to the haze and air flow systems, we need to stay hydrated and to flush out toxins from our bodies where we can. I in fact find myself drinking more water now when the air is hot and dry, to keep my nasal passages moist. If you sweat or exercise, you need more water. One way you know you don’t have enough water is to take a look at your urine colour the next time you head to the toilet. A dark yellow or yellow indicates your system needs more water (provided you aren’t on any medication or taking any weird food). If you drink enough water, your urine will be light coloured and clear. You will also find yourself making more trips to the loo ~ may not endear yourself to your boss :P
Don’t overdo the water
That said, it is worth warning also not to overdo the water.
It is possible to drink too much water and that upsets the balance of the electrolytes in your body which is also bad for health. One of my uncles once told me to never gulp down a large glass of water at one go, no matter how thirsty I was and particularly not after exercising. What I should do, is drink it slowly. It assuages your thirst better and doesn’t suddenly dilute your system.
Also, don’t drink too much water at one go. If you are drinking a litre of water within a few minutes, that’s too much. As with everything in life, moderation is key.
But I don’t like drinking water!
Well, suck it up :P I’ve never had a problem with drinking water so I perhaps am not the best person to understand the problem of taste. Water to me, is water. I take it at room temperature which I know many people dislike and I rarely take cold water or iced drinks. Just a personal thing. I take my coffee in the morning, and then water for the rest of the day. No juices unless I make my own or unless they are freshly squeezed, sodas, concentrated juices, carbonated drinks etc Just not my thing :)
If you truly dislike the taste of water, a squeeze of lemon or a lemon or orange slice helps with the flavour. It doesn’t add to the sugar intake and it masks the taste. Coffee and tea are diuretics so taking too much can dehydrate your system. Fresh juices could pass, I suppose but that also means your sugar intake goes up. Not good for your weight. So ultimately, the best solution is just plain water – 0 calories and 100% benefits :)
Do you monitor your water intake? Do you have a problem with the taste of water?
I’ve derived a lot of benefits since I started watching how much I drink so its something I do recommend practising. As I said, I don’t have a problem with the taste of tepid, room temperature water so taste isn’t something I quite understand. Educate me? ;)
Disclaimer: This is based on my personal experience and is meant to be for general information, not medical advise. Please consult your doctor for medical concerns and advise.