How to drink more water
Laina Shulman, DC
Have you ever gone to bed thirsty and realized you haven't had a sip of water all day? Here's how to drink more water and the health benefits of doing so.
Have you ever gone to bed thirsty and suddenly realized you haven’t had a sip of water all day? Life is so busy that although many of us know we should be drinking more water, we have a hard time remembering to do so.
There have been many conflicting studies with respect to ideal fluid intake. Factors such as your health, activity levels, the climate you live in, and whether you are pregnant or nursing affect your water requirements.
A good rule of thumb is to drink enough water to rarely feel thirsty and to produce between 1 and 2 litres of colourless or slightly yellow urine a day.
There are many important reasons to ensure we drink enough water. Did you know that water is an important component to maintaining a healthy weight? One study found that increasing water intake by 1.5 litres per day can lead to a 5-pound (2.2-kg) weight loss within one year.
Here’s a tip: when you have a junk food craving, or are about to eat a large meal, drink a glass of water instead. You will feel full quickly and consume fewer calories. Besides, it allows time to pass until the craving fades.
For Those of Us Who May Not Be Able to Drink Enough Glasses of Plain Water, Here are Some Tips to Make Increasing Your Fluid Intake More Enjoyable: