Working long hours!! Stressed!! Skipping lunches!! Old age!!! Physical restrictions!!
You may be skipping your glass of water too…..!!!
Drinking not enough water may lead you to dehydration, lethargy, mood changes, headache, dry and cracked lips, dry eyes, confusion and many more troublesome symptoms. Elderly and children are more prone to suffer from effects of dehydration. Water is also necessary to remove toxins from our bodies.
Here are some tips to include in your daily routine to help increase your water levels.
- Make it accessible!! Keep a glass of water on your desk or a special water bottle handy in your bag. Providing personal water bottle to elderly and kids may increase water compliance. [Try to avoid more water after evening to avoid frequent night trips to the toilet!!]
- Spice it up! Add a slice of lemon and ice cube to add a refreshing taste to water. Add ice cubes made from fresh fruits to your glass of water. If you like a hot drink, warm water with some lemon, lime and orange will be best for you.
- Get your friends and family to help you to remember drink enough water.
- Munch on fluid filled fruits and veggies such as watermelon, grapes, tomatoes, cucumber, and oranges.
- If nothing works, set an alarm or use phone applications to remind you it’s water time!!
- Keep a water diary of how much water do you drink in 24hrs. Set a goal and try to achieve it.
Drink water wisely as drinking too much water can also damage the body and cause hypernatremia (water intoxication) which is rare in the general population.
General recommendation says adult women should consume around two litre (eight cups) and adult men 2.6 litres (about 10 cups) of fluids a day to prevent dehydration.