Often, caught up in our busy schedules we forget something basic- consuming enough water during the day. With winter fast approaching, it’s easy to forget to consume water without the heat to motivate you. Summer is incidentally the period when most people end up being dehydrated without realising it.
Here are a couple of tips to stay hydrated even when you are not thirsty!
1. Keep an alarm
It’s just that simple. Set alarms every three hours to remind yourself to consume water. Many people consume the required two litres, but at a time when they remember. This does not help much, as all the water is immediately drained out. It is better to consume small amounts intermittently to ensure hydration.
2. Make a rule
If you are a person who follows a certain routine- whether it is taking out the trash at a certain time, or walking to the bus- use this as a reminder to drink water. Something I follow is to drink a large glass or water right after I wake- and then drink half a glass every time I use a washroom.
3. Every morning and night
A glass of water right after waking up has shown marked improvements in people who suffer from constipation. Use a rule from their book and adopt this yourself. Consuming water through the day becomes easier if you consume the first 400ml right after waking up.
4. Avoid Salt
While reducing salt is always a good idea, watch the amount of salt you consume especially during winter. We do not sweat out as many salts and a buildup of these salts is damaging to the body. It not only dehydrates the body, but also increases muscular water retention- a painful prospect.
If drinking plain water doesn’t appeal to you (you’d be shocked at the number of people who do not like the ‘taste’ of plain water!) then just juice your favourite fruits. Juicing is a great way to get enough water in your system. However, take this with a figurative pinch of salt because water is essential in its direct form, and juicing and other sources of hydration act only partially in hydrating the body.
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