How much water to drink for optimal well-being is an individual matter, depending on lifestyle, age, gender and overall health. The truth is that most of us can increase our pursuit of active well-being by drinking more water. It’s simple, but positive behavior requires intent, especially in our hectic lives.
Here are some ideas on how to increase your daily water intake:
- Be in touch with how your body feels. Sometimes people are dehydrated because they don’t realize the feeling of thirst. If you are someone who rarely feels thirsty and therefore does not drink water throughout the day, drink some water at hourly intervals, even if you do not feel thirsty. You will feel the difference and have an increased energy level.
- Set yourself the goal of drinking more water. Write it down. The fact that you have the goal of drinking more water daily makes it more likely that you will be able to develop a new positive behavior.
- Keep a reusable water bottle with you. If you have a reusable water bottle, you can easily drink water in any environment, whether you’re running errands, traveling, or at home, at work, or at school. Having a water bottle handy can also serve as a visual reminder to drink more water. Bonus: A reusable water bottle reduces reliance on single-use plastic water bottles and supports the environment. Our PiMag® water bottle not only helps to reduce our CO2 footprint, but also filters pollutants from the tap water you fill it with!
- Consciously replace other drinks with water. Energy drinks and other caffeinated beverages contain water but provide less moisture than pure water. You don’t have to replace every drink you normally consume with water, but even one or two a day can improve overall well-being. For example, a single 240 ml cup of soda may exceed the recommended daily limit for sugar. 1
- Drink a glass of water before each meal. If you create this habit, automatically make sure you eat at least three glasses of water a day when you eat three meals.
- Drink filtered water instead of mineral water or tap water. Bottled water is known to be tap water that is bottled into disposable plastic bottles for convenience and profit. Filtering water removes contaminants and bacteria, which improves the taste of the water. Better tasting water helps us drink more of it and even crave it. PiMag® water from the PiMag Waterfall® or the PiMag® water bottle not only tastes excellent, but is more alkaline and moisturizing than unfiltered tap water. Bonus: PiMag® water helps us respect the environment by creating less plastic waste.
- Try to include foods high in water in your daily diet. Here are some foods with 90% or more water content: lettuce (96%), celery (95%), zucchini (95%), cabbage (92%), watermelon (91%) and honeydew melon (90%). Bonus: These fruits and vegetables also contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Drink a glass of water when you wake up. It will help you to wake up better and become attentive.
Even though we consciously drink more water to improve our health, being aware of how much water is being consumed and wasted can help each of us contribute to the conservation of our global freshwater resources. Water is a luxury good in many countries, so let’s fight together as part of the Global Wellness Community for awareness and environmental protection.