There are numerous benefits to keeping well hydrated during the day. Some [cited by Harvard Health] include: –
- carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
- flushing bacteria from your bladder
- aiding digestion
- preventing constipation
- normalizing blood pressure
- stabilizing the heartbeat
- cushioning joints
- protecting organs and tissues
- regulating body temperature
- maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance.
Despite knowing all these benefits, it’s sometimes still a challenge to get enough of this natural and healthy fluid into our bodies on a daily basis. Here is something I’ve found helps.
I normally stock up on packs of 1.5 or 2 litre bottles of water. I find that drinking about 1.5 / 2 litres a day works for me. My preference is for [Brecon Carreg]water but it’s hard to get hold of so when I’m out of it, I just buy what’s available at the supermarket.
To remind myself to drink more I print out the days of the week on postage labels (the one’s normally used for posting parcels) and stick it on each bottle of water for the week.
For example, I set aside my seven bottles of water for the week, print out the labels each with a specific day on it — Monday through Sunday, stick the labels on the bottles and in the morning, I pick up the bottle for the specific day and all I have to do is make sure that that bottle is finished by the end of the day.
I have found this helps because I know exactly how much I need to drink each day and I know that if I’ve finished that bottle, I’ve likely drank enough for the day.
Effectively the system doesn’t matter, what matters is that you set up a way to remind yourself to drink so you don’t forget.
You could even use an app to set alarms to remind you to drink or simply get one of the many water reminder apps available on the App store.
Regardless of the method, do whatever works for you so long as you are drinking enough water to keep you hydrated each day. It’s one of those things that is easy to do and easier not to do.