Nutritionists always recommend drinking around 3 litres of water per day but sometimes it can be so difficult to actually keep up the routine, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t like the taste of water. There’s no doubt that it has its benefits though – up to 60% of the human body is made up of water and it’s important to drink plenty of it if you want to keeps your skin healthy, flush out toxins and increase your energy levels. So, if you’re slack on drinking enough H2O, here are some life hacks to get more water in your diet:
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are loaded with water, so try to get as many portions of these into your day as possible. The most water-rich foods include cucumber, iceberg lettuce, celery, cherry tomatoes and would you believe it – zucchini.
You could also make yourself a fruit salad of watermelon, grapefruit, strawberries and cantaloupe, since these all contain more than 90 percent of water.
Make water infused with flavours
If you find that water tastes bland, you can make yourself like water by infusing it with all sorts of amazing flavors. Take an empty jug, fill it with water, then try adding some mint sprigs and some slices of cucumber. Alternatively you could try adding slices of orange if you prefer a more fruity taste. By giving the water some flavor, it can be a lot easier to stomach and actually enjoy it.
Download an app
If you find yourself really busy and stressed out with work during the day, then it can be easy to forget to drink anything at all. So you don’t forget, keep a bottle of water next to your desk and download an app like Daily Water for iPhone or Water Drink Reminder on the Google Play store. These apps will calculate how much water you need based on your height and weight, then send you reminders every time it’s time to drink more water.
Drink with every meal
Habits are really important, so the best thing to do is try to associate drinking water with certain actions. Every time you sit down for a meal in a restaurant, make sure you drink the water they put down in front of you. It can be tempting to go straight for the wine glass, but remember to pick up the water first. When you’re at home, put a jug of water on the table at all meal times so you’ll form a habit.
Get a high-tech water bottle
Many people find that getting a water filter bottle makes water taste much better, therefore making it easier to drink more. You can also purchase special hi-tech water bottles that have markers on the side telling you when to drink, or even ones that connect to an app to keep track of your intake. For instance, Hidrate Spark is a bottle that connects to your phone via Bluetooth and glows to remind you to drink. Just by investing in a fun water bottle, it can encourage you to enjoy drinking more.