It is summer time and the sweltering heat makes you drink more water. Your body sweats more and hence it is important to keep your body hydrated. Drinking water is very important as your body is made up of more than 60% water. Most of the time, we drink water only when we feel thirsty. It is important to inculcate the habit of drinking lots of water. Ensure that your family, including your children drink water regularly.
Some of the main benefits of drinking water are listed below:
- It improves the digestion in the body.
- Water relieves constipation.
- Further, it is a proven way of flushing out toxins from the body.
- It relieves fatigue and tiredness. You are more likely to feel tired when your body is dehydrated.
- Research has indicated that it helps in relieving migraines, headaches and moods swings.
- The lighter the colour of your urine, the better is your hydration level.
It is also important to note that when you are thirsty, the only thing that can quench your thirst completely is plain water.
Today, let us look at 10 Easy ways to drink more water in Summer .
Keep a bottle of water close by.
Often we forget to drink water and our body gets dehydrated. So it is important that we are constantly reminded of water. Keep a bottle of water nearby on your workstation, study table or dining table. In my house, I have given my young children their own respective water bottles. In this way, we are also able to monitor the amount of water they drink.
Make your water interesting.
You can make your water more interesting by adding lime, fruit juice etc. Lime water is a great drink which refreshes you. Coconut water and fresh sugarcane juice are some other good options available.
Eat fresh fruits and other foods that are high in water content.
Many fruits like watermelon, sweet lime, oranges, strawberries, grapes, tomato, cucumber, zucchini etc., are water rich foods. You can include these in your diet to adequately increase your water intake, while you enjoy these foods.
Drink water before your meal times.
Drinking water before your meal time reduces your food intake, which further helps in weight loss. Ensure that you drink water before you start eating your meals.
Keep water targets.
In order to encourage drinking water, give yourself water targets. Keep a 1 litre bottle with you and ensure that you keep refilling it. Once you have achieved your target, give yourself a small reward to keep yourself motivated to drink more water.
Also, you can motivate yourself by getting a colleague to have water targets, similar to the water targets you have kept for yourself.
Eating spicy food.
Eating spicy foods also increases the intake of water. It is important to be careful, not to eat too much spicy food which can cause harm to the body.
Drink water after using the toilet.
It is important to replenish your body with fluids, after you have been to the toilet. This will ensure that your body is replenished by the lost water and it remains hydrated.
Build your water levels slowly.
It is important to build your water levels slowly. Avoid drinking lots of water suddenly. Start by drinking 3-4 glasses of water and slowly build on it. Drinking water will cleanse your body and give you a glowing skin.
Drinking water helps to keep the balance of fluids in the body.
Water helps to maintain your body functions, such as the absorption of food, saliva generation and to maintain a proper body temperature. It is clear when the body signals you to pass urine or to drink more water when you are thirsty.
Water energises your muscles and kidneys.
Drinking water while exercising is an important element of any fitness regime. You keep replenishing the water lost through sweat. The muscles need water to be more flexible.
Similarly, when you drink less water, the urine becomes darker in colour, smelly and you carry a higher risk of developing kidney stones. Avoid all these problems by simply drinking more water.
Our lives have become so busy and stressful, that we forget to do simple things that can keep us healthy. It is important that we inculcate the habit of drinking water regularly.
The above are 10 ways that can help us drink more water and keep our body hydrated in summer.
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