Water is essential for every human being. Without water, we’ll die in a couple of days. Unfortunately, we don’t realize the negative effects of too little water, but they are tremendous.
Again, I’ve already mentioned some of this before, but I really like to repeat it, as it is really important.
Your body depends on water to do its job. It’s not only that but your body consists of 60% water. Your brain is 70% water.
The list of uses for water in your body is sheer endless. Here’s a small part of it. Water:
- lubricates the joints
- nourishes the brain
- protects the brain
- keeps up the amount of blood in your body.
- flushes out toxins.
- keeps your kidneys working properly.
- balances your hormones and muscles.
- keeps your skin soft and elastic, while giving you a glow.
There are many more things water is used for in your body, but I guess you get the point.
Some of the negative effects of drinking too little water include having less energy, worse skin and decrease mental functionality.
I admit it, sometimes it can be quite hard to drink the amount of water we should drink. I also fail from time to time, but there are many things you can do to increase your water intake.
Another thing that stops most people from drinking enough water is that they actually don’t know how much water they should drink, so here’s a rough guideline.
There is no one size fits all solution, but official recommendations range from 2-2.5 liters (65-85oz) for women to 3-3.5 liters (100-120oz) for men.
The other two recommendations I know are 1 oz of water for 1lb of body mass and 1 liter of water for 20kg of body mass, which is going into the same direction.
Another thing that’s quite important is to not drink too much water, as water poisoning is a real thing, but don’t be afraid. As you are likely to drink too little water at the moment, you need time to getting used to drinking enough water first.
Your kidneys, which are filtering the water, can process around 0.8-1 liter per hour, so you shouldn’t drink more than 1 litre per hour.
One of my favorite strategies for drinking more water is putting a glass of water on my nightstand and drinking it right after I wake up. Some people think this is disgusting, but you’ll get used to it and it will give you a head start on your water intake.
It will also restore the fluids you lost during the night because you mostly exhale water vapor.
Although this is a personal experience, but drinking water first thing in the morning makes me feel awake and energetic. Try it for yourself.
Another great thing to do is place a full glass of water on your working desk and continuously drink from it. Every time it’s empty, take a short break and immediately refill it. This could also make you more productive and relaxed as it makes sure that you get regular breaks from sitting and your screen.
Besides that. You probably know how studies found out that eating from smaller plates will reduce your intake of food, right?
You can do the same thing with water. Just get a bigger glass and you’re likely to drink more, without much effort. Our body likes to think in units and it doesn’t matter if a unit it half a litre (17oz) or a quarter of a litre (8.5oz), your body sees it as the unit “one glass”.
Take advantage of this and drink more water.
Steps to take:
- Get a bigger glass of water. Go for at least 17oz.
- Put a glass of water on your nightstand.
- Put a glass of water on your desk.