So how do you create the need to drink water
In my first part we looked at how water is an important nutrient in our body and why it is important to keep ourselves hydrated. In this second part I will tell you how do you keep yourself hydrated?
The answer is very simple – Keeping a bottle of water handy and sipping on it whenever you look at it. Personally this has worked well for me as I myself was terrible at water intake at one point in time. I could hardly drink even a litre throughout the day. Luckily, I was very well aware of the reason and I decided to overcome this problem.
Before stepping out of the house, I made sure that I have carried my water bottle. I followed this for quite a while and now it’s become a habit. If I deprive myself of water now, I can feel my cells and organs screaming out loud for water! My mouth starts to feel the dryness, ad to that the feeling of dullness and low energy, concentration level dips and my head starts aching if I am not well hydrated. These are some physiological signals that my body sends which compel me to grab a bottle of water immediately. Thus, once you make your body cells habituated to drinking enough water, your body makes sure you drink enough of it by sending you the thirst cues more often, thus creating the need to drink!
Now the question is how much water is enough for you?
There are different recommendations for water intake. A rule of thumb is one should drink about 3 litres (12 glasses) of water per day. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. For some people, fewer than 8 glasses may be enough. Those who indulge in lot of physical activities and exercise have higher water requirements. The best way to check if you are well hydrated is to check your urine. If your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow, you are most likely to be optimally hydrated. Many a times, increasing your water intake may also increase your rounds to the washroom.
My answer to this problem is that, one should divide the water intake throughout the day instead of drinking 1 bottle at one shot. It’s always worked if you drink 1 glass of water every hour. This reduces the frequency to visit the washroom often and makes sure you are well hydrated throughout the day.
Let me summarize a few tips for staying hydrated
- When you are out, consider carrying a reusable water bottle so that it could be re-filled with water once it’s empty. This can also make it easy for you to track how much water you actually drank through the day.
- If plain water doesn’t fascinate you, try squeezing a lemon to your drink
- Ensure that you drink water before, during and after your workout.
- Begin and end your day with a glass of water
- When you feel hungry, drink water. This will help you find if it’s just the thirst or you are actually hungry. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water.
- Prepare a schedule if you have trouble remembering to drink water. For instance, drink water when you wake up; at breakfast, lunch and dinner; and when you go to bed or as I mentioned before, drink a small glass of water at the top of each hour.
- Drink water when you go to a restaurant. It not only keeps you hydrated but also keeps you full so that you eat in controlled portions.
Take-away message: Stay well- hydrated, keep glowing and keep fit!