Our body needs a certain amount of water to function normally. Thus, water regulates body temperature, aids digestion, cleans toxins, relieves fatigue and lubricates joints, tissues and organs.
It is generally recommended to drink ten glasses of water a day, but needs may vary from person to person. In addition, you may need to drink more fluid to rehydrate your body after physical exertion for example. Similarly, environmental factors and some health conditions may also require an increase in the amount of water to drink.
You will also need a larger amount of fluid if you eat a lot of protein. Indeed, the body needs a greater quantity of water to clean the nitrogen present in the proteins, but also in the fibers.
To find out if you drink enough water, just look at the color of your urine. If the color is between light straw and amber, you are well hydrated. If it is darker, you need to increase your water consumption. Other common signs of dehydration are also lack of energy, headaches and dizziness.
Plus, there are apps for smartphones that keep you up to date and remind you to drink more. You can also set an alarm to remind you to drink every 1 or 2 hours.
2. Listen to your thirst
The signals of hunger and thirst are controlled by the same area of the brain, the hypothalamus; which sends the same signal for thirst or hunger and therefore, we tend to confuse hunger and thirst.
The next time you’re hungry, drink some water and wait 20 minutes. If the water has filled you, it is likely that you were just thirsty, not hungry.
3. To succeed in drinking more water:
A bottle at your fingertips
Keep a reusable water bottle with you in your car, purse or gym bag will help you drink more.
In addition, it will save you from consuming too much sugary drinks that you might be tempted to choose instead of water if you do not have it on hand. Finally, the fact that the bottle is visible is a visual reminder that will make you want to drink more.
4. Explore more options
Aside from water, you can increase your fluid intake by drinking teas and herbal teas made from chamomile, ginger or mint …. You are spoiled for choice! Drinking a few cups of green tea is also a good option as it will benefit your health by its antioxidant properties.
You can also drink more water with:
- Fresh fruit and vegetable juices
- The soups
- Coconut water
- Skimmed milk
- Soymilk and other soy beverages
- the natural smoothies