Water remains the healthiest drink available. Vitamin waters and energy drinks try to appeal to the health conscious with their marketing campaigns but many of these drinks have added sugar. Even if the ingredients include naturally flavours and fructose, you are not benefiting from the fibre and nutrition of whole fruits. Water is calorie-free and readily available.
How many cups do you manage to drink in a day? According to the Dieticians of Canada, drinking fluids (including coffee, tea, and other drinks) can help to rid the body of waste, regulate body temperature, carries nutrients around the body and even helps to cushion your joints and organs. Yet, drinking enough water in a day is a common challenge for people who are busy.
Here’s an effective way to drink more water in a day:
- Find a clear plastic bottle that would hold about 3 cups of water.
- Divide the length of the bottle into six, making six marks with a permanent marker. These marks will note the morning hours: 6am, 7am, 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am.
- Turn the bottle one third of the way around and repeat the marks, noting the times 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm.
- Turn the bottle another third of the way around and repeat the marks for the final six hours in the day: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, 12pm.
- Fill your bottle with cold water and carry it with you as you go about your day.
- Check in to see where you are on your water drinking schedule throughout the day and drink to stay on time.
It may take awhile to develop the habit but you will soon see the benefits of drinking more water in your sense of well-being. If you are used to flavoured drinks, try a twist of lemon or lime to entice your taste buds into this healthier option.
Did you try this tip? We’d love to hear your experience in the comment section.