Like a stuck tape recorder, time and again, we have been told that water is important. But, how important is it? What does it do? And how does one drink 8-10 glasses of a tasteless substance? The answer is pretty simple — water is of utmost importance for the smooth running of almost every single physiological process of the body.
From hydrating the brain for improved focus and concentration, lubricating joints, eyes, ears, nose, and throat, to helping one breathe properly, water has a key role to play (1). This colorless liquid forms 90 percent of our blood (2).
But, how much water does one need? The universally accepted intake of water stands at about 3.7 liters a day if you’re a man, and 2.7 liters, if you’re a woman.
Are You Drinking Enough Water?
If you’re not the kind that keeps a count of the daily water intake, here are a couple of signs you should look out for. If you experience any/all of these, you need to pick up a bottle of water for yourself right now!
The first sign of dehydration is a headache. When there is a deficit of water in the body, the body compensates by taking water from the blood. Consequently, this affects the oxygen supply in our brain and ergo the introduction of headache. So, the next time a headache strikes you, consider having a glass of water instead of popping that aspirin (3).
Feelings of delirium, dizziness, confusion, short attention span — all these signs that are asking you to grab a water bottle and drink a few sips. When the body expels water in the form of urine, sweat, and other bodily functions, it needs more water as there is a loss of electrolytes (4). An imbalance in electrolytes can disorient our body.
Have you ever noticed your urine take on a dark yellow shade? Dark colored pee is indicative of insufficient water intake (5). Also, your visits to the loo are less frequent. In such cases, increase your water intake instantly.
- Your Eyes, Skin, And Mouth Are Dry
Any dryness that occurs over your skin, in your eyes or mouth is a result of inadequate water supply to it. Dehydration is the numero uno cause of dryness.
Another thing to note is that dehydration can also manifest as a salt craving. When the body doesn’t have sufficient fluids, this is your body’s way of telling you to eat or drink more (6).
The aforementioned signs and symptoms seem to be quite irksome. To save you from these, here’s how you can keep yourself hydrated:
1. Drink A Glass When You Wake Up
As soon as you wake up, gulp down a glass of water. That’s the healthiest way to start your day. It will help you rehydrate after a long night, help you from overeating, and it forces you to start the day on a calm note.
2. Drink A Glass of Water Every Hour, on the Hour
Set a timer on your phone and drink water every hour, right when the clock strikes the hour. This will significantly increase your water intake and will also force you to move that derrière out of the chair and take a walk to the water cooler.
3. Drink A Sip With Every Task You Complete
Some people, like me, aren’t big on downing bottles of water (we like downing other things, you know?). If you’re one of them, trick your body into taking small sips of water after you complete a task. Finished reading an article? Sip. Finished texting your crush? Sip. Finished arguing with the boss? Sip, Sip, Sip!
This sipping not only keeps your water intake in check but also helps you from reaching out for that cigarette or that pack of snack.
4. Add Flavor To Your Water
We all like a little bit of flavor in everything, right, so why leave behind water? Since water is pretty much tasteless, infuse the water you carry in a bottle, with berries, melon, mint, lemon, etc. It not only looks appealing, but it also offers variety to the brain. So, you can trick your brain into desiring more water than the usual. Plus, you get extra nutrients! This makes it a win-win.
5. Eat Your Water
No, that wasn’t a typo. Eat vegetables and fruits that are high in water content. Although you can’t measure the water content, it adds up as a bonus to your regular quantity of intake. Watermelon, cucumbers, and tomatoes contain more than 90 percent of water in them. So, eat your water, guys!
6. Drink A Glass Of Water Between Hot Or Alcoholic Drinks
Caffeine and alcoholic drinks are the number one beverages that can lead to dehydration. So, if you’re a caffeine addict or a chai addict, dilute the effects of this by sneaking in a glass of water between each cup of these beverages. This can turn an unhealthy habit into a healthy one.
7. Keep A Bottle Of Water With You, Always
Like they say, keep your heart on your sleeve, always keep a bottle of water in your bag. If you don’t have water with you, you obviously can’t drink it. If you have a bottle of water in your vicinity, you are more likely to sip on it.
8. Track Your Water Consumption With An App
What would we do without apps! There’s an app for this too. All you have to do is, download an app, and track your water intake. If you are of a forgetful nature, you can always seek some assistance from the technology around you. Switch on the app’s notifications and it’ll remind you to sip a glass of water.
So, now you know why you are asked to drink water every time you feel a little under the weather. So, from now on, let’s pledge to drink more water and take care of our bodies, what say?