The human body is a complex being – made up of muscles, organs, tissue and, most predominantly, water. In order to keep our bodies hydrated, it is recommended that you drink at least eight glasses of water a day, equalling two litres.
That may seem like a lot. Especially if you are the kind of person that isn’t overly keen on drinking water straight. Sugary, carbonated drinks are no good for your body and do nothing for refuelling the body – having a thoroughly negative effect on the system.
Keep a Water Bottle Handy
The easiest way to ensure you drink water is to keep a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day, especially if you are at work. If you are in the office it can be tempting to drink gallons of coffee and tea, complete with sugars. Hopefully, your place of work has a water cooler that you can use to refill your bottle throughout the day.
Taking regular sips is the best way to keep hydrated and work towards your daily water intake. Of course, still feel free to treat yourself to your morning cup of coffee (because who wants to tackle the day without at least a little caffeine in the system) alongside water.
There are many hours in the day and, when you break it down, it shouldn’t be too difficult to fit eight glasses of water into your day. For example, a good routine to schedule each glass of water could be:
- 7am – when you wake up/with breakfast
- 9am – as you start work
- 11am – with a morning snack
- 1pm – with your lunch
- 3pm – with an afternoon snack
- 6pm – with your evening meal
- 8pm – as you settle down for the evening
- Bedtime – a glass of water to go to bed with
This is just an example of how you could potentially schedule your water intake, but this obviously wouldn’t work for everyone. If you aim to drink a glass of water every couple of hours, you won’t be going far wrong in your efforts to drink more water.
Don’t Take Water for Granted
For those of us that live in the First World, water is a commodity that is readily available out of the tap. However, there are millions that are not so lucky to be able to simply walk into their kitchens and pour themselves a cool glass of water.
Global charities carry out fantastic work in the Third World on water projects that aim to install working pumps in communities so as residents do not have to travel for miles on end for dirty water. In countries such as this, eight glasses a day is an unrealistic target simply due to the lack of availability. If you click here, you can learn more about some of the charitable projects that are currently taking place.
Water when you Exercise
Exercise is when it is most important to refuel your body. It can be easy to become seduced into paying a good amount of money on isotonic drinks that claim to refuel the body better than water. Don’t believe the hype as any good nutritionist will tell you that there is no substitute for water.
When we exercise we sweat and lose water. So it is important to replace what we have lost and continue to do so after exercising. The increase in water consumption will also help towards your daily target of eight glasses.
However you look to keep yourself hydrated. Making a conscious effort to drink more water, even just in place of one or two fizzy drinks to begin with, is a move in the right direction.
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