We all know that drinking water is good for us. But did you know that drinking water helps with almost every bodily function? Water can increase your energy levels and relieve fatigue, it promotes weight loss, removes and flushes out toxins, reduces hunger and cravings (especially at night), supports your kidneys, improves the quality of your skin, aids in digestion and can prevent constipation, boosts your immune system and the list goes on and on. Our bodies are 60% water, so it makes sense that we need to it support daily functions, promote health and find balance!
One of the most common recommendations we make to clients is to suggest they include more water in their daily lives. This can actually be very challenging for many people for a variety of reasons. The two most common explanations we hear are “it’s easy to forget” and “I don’t like the taste/water is boring”. We won’t argue but want to suggest that if you’re struggling with finding balance with your health sometimes it is best to go back to the basics and try something as simple as adding more water.
Here are some of the top recommendations we give our clients so they can include more water consumption in their daily routine:
- Bring a reusable water bottle with you to refill throughout the day and keep it visible as a reminder
- Place a large jug of water on your desk at the beginning of the day to remind you to drink
- Write yourself a “drink water” sticky note and put it on your computer or somewhere you look during the day
- Set timers on your phone to remind you to drink water regularly
- Download a free water tracking App on your iPhone that will log your water each day
- Leave a large glass of water on your bedside table over night to remind you to drink it first thing
Think water is boring? Spice it up by adding some fresh squeezed lemon or lime, some frozen berries, pineapple chunks, mint leaves or chia seeds. Filling a water jug with sliced cucumber, lemon, ginger and mint leaves can make the most refreshing drink!
NB. In order to support digestion remember to limit the amount of water your drink during meal time as this can reduce our digestive juices that are trying to break food down. Instead drink plenty of water half an hour before and after and take small sips during your meal if desired.