How to Become a Water Guzzler

Drinking more water has been on my “to do list” for pretty much my entire life. We’ve all come across articles explaining how you will die very quickly if you don’t drink water. Clearly, I like living life close to the edge because I’ve spent most of my life drinking next to nothing.

However, I’ve been pushing myself to kick the dehydration habit and cash in on all the benefits of drinking water. Lovely husband is excellent at drinking water. Lovely husband also has some of the best skin I have ever seen. It actually feels hydrated, while mine probably feels like it’s about to flake off.

The average adult is recommended to drink between 2 – 3 litres of water a day. That does sound like an astonishing amount of water, especially if you are used to living on a couple of glasses at most. To help motivate us all, here are all the things YOU COULD WIN if you take on the water drinking challenge:

1. Reduced Fatigue – Around 60 - 70% of your body is water. Drinking enough water helps to make you more alert and boosts your energy levels.

2. Increases Brain Power - Just under 80% of your brain is made up of water. Drinking water helps you think and concentrate better.

3. Helps You Lose Weight – Drinking more water reduces the space you have for food in your stomach. In this way, water acts as a natural appetite suppressant. Water also helps to digest your food.

4. Improves Your Skin – Drinking water gives you clear, smooth and fresh looking skin. When your body doesn’t get enough water it uses what it has for your vital organs. Nice skin doesn’t make the cut.

5. Prevents You From Getting Sick – Drinking water helps boost your immune system and flushes toxins from your body.

6. Prevents Cramps – Water helps oxygen to reach your muscles and promotes muscle elasticity.

I think we can all safely say that water is the elixir of life.

So, here are some ideas on how you can increase your water intake. These tips have really helped me. Where I've fallen down is consistency. I never stick it out long enough for it to become a habit! So, this time, I am going to focus on drinking more water for a month because it takes 30 days to form new habits.

Keep Water Handy

Keep a 1 litre bottle on your desk. This will give you a good measure of how much water you are getting through in a day.

People often say keep sipping at water throughout the day, but I found I would only ever literally take a sip and by the end of the day I would have more than half a bottle left to drink. Try keeping a glass on your desk and drinking a glass every few hours instead.

Try Adding Fruit

Some people actually don’t like the taste of water. Try fruit infused water. All you need is a glass jug and some of your favourite fruits or vegetables. Try adding slices of oranges, cucumber or lemon to your water to give it some flavour. I love popping mint leaves into my water too when I can.

Check Your Water Temperature

This may seem like an odd one but have you checked what temperature you prefer your water at? I can only drink water at room temperature for instance, while lovely husband must have it absolutely freezing cold with ice cubes. Try experimenting with the temperature of your water to see what you prefer.


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