How to drink more water
It’s #ThirstyThursday and here are some top tips to help you drink more water during the day, rather than rely on tea and coffee to keep you hydrated.
It is only when a real thirst kicks in at the end of the afternoon, that you think about drinking more water to up your fluid intake (and then opt for a glass of something stronger instead!)
Even with the very best of intentions and a reusable bottle on the office desk, most of us know that we’re not actually drinking enough water. Guidelines say we should drink around 2 to 3 litres a day or the 8-glass a day rule.
Common symptoms of dehydration include thirst (because if you’re thirsty you’re already too dehydrated), dizziness, headaches and fatigue. But further to this, research suggests that even mild dehydration can have a significant impact on mood, energy levels and cognitive function. That mid-afternoon slump could well be because you haven’t had enough water. Not having enough fluids can also lead to digestive problems such as bloating and constipation.
Here are some top tips to help drink your daily quota, making it a bit more exciting and sustainable.
Infuse your water with fresh fruit and fresh herbs, to give it a delicious, natural low sugar flavour. The possible combinations are endless, but some of our favourites include lemon & fresh ginger; strawberries & other berries, lemon & basil; and watermelon & mint.
Cordials and squashes do add a flavour to water. Be careful of the sugar content and the sugar-free versions with artificial sweeteners. Add a couple of orange slices to chilled water and leave it aside for a few hours. Oranges contain calcium, potassium, vitamin B complex, vitamin A and antioxidants and are a rich source of vitamin C that fights infections.
Have a cuppa
Herbal and fruit teas are a particularly good alternative to drinking water when you fancy an afternoon brew! We love organic herbal and green teas and the wide variety on our supermarket shelves now. Ginger, liquorice, fennel, lemon, cinnamon, the tea leaf choice is endless. You can’t beat a fresh mint tea and lemon tea helps with hangovers and improves skincare.
Eat your water
There are lots of fresh fruit and vegetables with high water content and incorporating these ‘juicy’ foods into our diets can help ensure that we stay well hydrated! Quench your thirst with fruit and vegetables to eat your water and get the added boost of vitamins and phytonutrients at the same time.
Cucumbers are composed almost entirely of water and form the perfect base for juices and smoothies. Chopped cucumber snacks are also a fantastic to-go snack, delicious dipped in hummus
As the name suggests, watermelons are high in water, around 92%. Deliciously refreshing, watermelon combines perfectly with feta and mint in a super salad.
Ripe tomatoes consist of around 94% water and this one of the reasons why a Bloody Mary makes such a good morning-after drink!
While there are more nutrient-rich (and trendy) greens such as kale, spinach and watercress, when it comes to water content iceberg lettuce comes top of the leaves!
Treat your team
Many people find chilled and filtered water has a superior taste and quality than tap water, making it much more pleasant to stay hydrated in the workplace.
Make sure you have sufficient plumbed in water coolers, fountains and dispensers for your team bearing in mind no mingling and social distancing. Instant hot taps offer boiling and cold, chilled and sparkling so water as you want it all in one handy appliance.
Refill a reusable bottle and save buying single-use plastic to deliver sustainable hydration in the workplace. Many ways to feel healthier and improve wellbeing.