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Did you know your body is 60% water?
Our bodies are 60% water, our lungs are 90% water, our brain 70%, blood is over 80% water.
Why prevent dehydration?
#1. Start your day with large glass of warm lemon water
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#2. Carry a reusable water with you at all times
Carry a water bottle with you, I know this one is not rocket science.
But having a reusable water bottle with you allows you to fill up and drink whenever you feel thirsty, especially when you are on the go.
This makes it easy to travel with also. For example, drinking water before security at the airport and filling it up after you go through to save you needing to buy water at the airport of the plane!
I would recommend to get yourself one which you actually enjoy looking at.
I have those cool crystal bottles (check out the video) around my house, one I take with me always when I go out, one is regularly next to my bed, and one goes around with me when I work or go to the garden and so on.
But the key is that I love drinking from them so it makes me want to drink from them more. I also truly believe that the water from crystal bottles taste better! And there is the added benefit of having the water charged with the energy of crystals.
#3. Track your water intake
Track your water intake, this one takes a bit of prep work, but can keep you motivated.
Especially for those of you who use organising systems, calendars or bullet journal.
In the beginning, I had bullet journal tracker for water, and it got me motivated to tick each glass of water every day.
Also, fitness trackers and phones apps allow you to do that too now. Setting water drinking reminders on your phone will great to do that too.
#4. Flavour your water by infusing it with fruits and vegetables
#5. Drink herbal and fruit teas throughout the day
#6. Eat foods high in water content
#7. Add soups to your weekly menu
Incorporate soups into your diet, depending on the climate you are in or the season you may enjoy cold gazpacho soups or hot ones to warm you up.
Soups are incredibly easy to make at home, great for batch cooking and will keep you hydrated too.
All the vegetables have a high amount of water in them plus of course, you have the water in the soup itself.
Check out this recipe for spicy butternut squash soup or citrus celeriac soup here.
An additional benefit of eating soups is also a large amount of fibre which is highly beneficial for your gut health.
#8. Make sure you consume enough electrolytes
Ensure that you have enough electrolytes. Electrolytes are playing a major function in balancing the water in on out of our body, losing electrolytes through sweat can hinder the body’s ability to stay hydrated.
While you increase your water intake make sure you also eat foods rich in electrolytes such as spinach, turkey, potatoes, beans, avocados, oranges, soybeans (edamame), strawberries and bananas.
And remember that most of the drinks with electrolytes on the market are high in sugar so avoid those, just stick to whole foods whenever possible.
#9. Drink smaller amounts of water more often
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#10. Drink a glass of water before you start enjoying your daily coffee
If you drink coffee have a glass of water with it, just like the French do.
While scientist debate about the effects of hydration from caffeinated drinks, one thing is clear that coffee will make you pee more.
Even if the liquid in the coffee will add to your hydration, caffeine in coffee is diuretic and will make you pee more then normally.
So if you enjoy it and don’t react badly to coffee, just have your cup but while you waiting for the kettle to boil or if you are waiting for the barista to make your favourite vanilla almond mocha drink a glass or bottle of water before!
#11. Drink more vegetable juices and smoothies
Like with everything else, tune in what works for your body type, have fun with it and don’t stress.
When you get dehydrated your body will get thirsty and you will find some water, there is no fear of dying or damaging your health.
But if you aim to improve your cognitive functions and energy levels then ensuring that you are well hydrated all the time will help.