Drink water, drink water, they say. But life gets in your way all the time! Here are 2 simple tricks that help keep track of your hydration tally.
I suppose that even those living under the most ancient of rocks have heard the news: dehydration makes us feel drowsy and measurably lessens our reactions and our IQ.
Bad news first: your good-morning coffee latte, while certainly liquid, doesn’t count. As don’t sugared soda beverages and alcohol.
NOT SO FUN FACT: SODA
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston
have found that people who drink soda age quicker, and that
large amounts of soda are as aging as smoking cigarettes.
Soda drinks also increase the risk of developing kidney stones.
1) Soda and Cell Aging: Associations between Sugar-Sweetened
Beverage Consumption and Leukocyte Telomere Length
2) External Link Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
In terms of your hydration balance, herbal and green tea, fresh vegetable juices, as well as fruit juice spritz drinks (pure fruit juice is a simple sugars cocktail) are the good stuff.
Most nutritionists and doctors also agree that about 2 liters of water are needed for our brain and kidneys to function properly – and thus, to make us radiant in our beauty!
Water math: two liters of water = approximately eight glasses of water where each glass measures 250 ml or 8 fl oz.
Life gets in the way…
Then why do we keep forgetting about it so often?
Well, because life!
Unless you can just carry around a large water bottle, getting 1 liter of water until noon becomes a veritable challenge.
I have actually two solutions that I find insanely helpful, no matter how simple they may sound. I hope I can give you ideas, too 😉
#1 MY CUP CHART
At home, in my kitchen, I have a chalk board where I have charted all our favourite tea cups and glasses, lettered with their measured volume.Now, it’s not art. It’s a visual aid. But you can make it as artsy and decorative and creative as you wish, just make sure to include all your fave cups, thermo bottles or even tea kettles.Cuppa Golden Osmanthus, 320 ml, anyone?
#2 MY WATER BUDDY
Now, the chart trick is really helpful if you, like me, sometimes have a tea and water party, and mix and match your drinks to your liking. On a more frantic day however, it’s easier to just drink water (and be keeping count still).
To do just that, I have a convenient little helper – this little guy by Drinkitnow:You just fill it up twice a day, morning and noon, and your glass bottle is your clock/reminder/hydration help:I ❤ the little “Done!” in the end in particular!