Hey friends. I’m back after my strange little last minute blogging break, that was heavily induced by my severely increasing pandemic anxiety. I’m pleased to report I’m doing much better than I was when my last post was published, although I still have my down days. I think at the moment though, that’s the same for all of us. Anyway, I’d like to regain some sort of normality with my blog after things have gone a bit ary in the last few weeks, so I’m using the extra free time we have to start work on some more posts, starting on this one.
This post contains gifted items.
Anyway, on to today’s post, which is all about how to drink more water. I always used to be terrible at drinking water, but over the last few years I like to think that I’ve improved on it. However, given recent events, many of us have had our routines disrupted, and for me, that includes the water drinking element.
Being at work, I set myself little intervals to drink water. As I’m on a computer and exposed to the clock all day, I make the point of having a sip every 15 minutes. This means that I manage to drink my 2 litres, and the fact I have to keep going upstairs to the kitchen to refill my water bottle (as well as frequently go to the loo!) means that I get regular breaks from the computer screen and can stretch my legs. During the week I would be absolutely smashing my water goals, but at weekends, things would grind to halt. Drinking endless cups of tea and generally just doing other things would mean that I often neglect my water bottle, ending up with a massive headache.
Again, given recent events, I’m now working from home. You’ll probably be thinking that the timing thing still stands given that I’m still sat with a laptop all day, and that’s true. However, the temptation of having my makeshift office in my kitchen, next to my fridge and with the possibility of endless cups of tea, biscuits and snacks, the water thing takes a backseat. I have no idea why, but I think it’s more the fact that I know there’s better things in my house I can be drinking as opposed to boring old water. But of course, by not knocking back the H2O, I’m missing out on all the benefits…
What Are the Benefits of Drinking Water?
Of course I’m not trying to up my water intake just for the hell of it (I certainly don’t like the constant peeing I’m now doing but you know, swings and roundabouts). The government’s Eat Well guide advises between 6 and 8 glasses of fluid a day, and most argue that this is around 2 litres. You probably already know some of the benefits to drinking plenty of water, but in case you need more reason to get drinking, here’s some of the main ones according to this article by Healthline.
- Helps to regulate body temperature
- Lubricates and cushions joints, spinal cord and tissues
- Assists your body in getting rid of waste through sweat, urine and bowel movements
- Aids digestion and helps prevent constipation
- Helps your body to absorb nutrients from food
- Keeps your skin hydrated and could promote collagen production
- Prevents overall dehydration
My main reasons for upping my water intake? I want to work towards clearer skin especially, and I’m hoping by cutting out sugary drinks I’ll feel the benefit. In addition, I want to take steps to improve my digestive health, as well as try and reduce the amount of dehydration headaches I end up getting.
Top Tips for Increasing Your Water Intake
Given that working from home is the new normal, I think I need to start making more of a conscious effort to drink more water. That’s why when the lovely folk at Waterdrop reached out to me asking if I wanted to try some of their products, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. So, if you’re also feeling inspired to start drinking more water, I’ve also put together my top tips on how to increase your water intake.
1: Enhance Your Water with Waterdrop
If you’re like me, you probably find water boring. To be honest, it took me a long time to willingly drink water. I was that person whom, if the only drink option was water, I’d stay thirsty. I also have a huge sweet tooth, so if there’s the option of a can of coke (or something a little stronger) on offer, I’ll immediately go for that. On occasions where I’m ridiculously thirsty, I don’t particularly find water refreshing. I want something with taste! Thankfully, that’s where companies like Waterdrop come in.
Waterdrop is a unique microdrink that’s designed to get us all drinking more water. They do this in the form of little cubes that are packed with natural fruit and plant extracts which are designed to enhance the flavour of your water. They’re 100% sugar free, enriched with vitamins, and they come in loads of different flavours. I was lucky enough to be gifted with a handful of some of their delicious flavours:
- Boost – Blackcurrant, Elderflower and Acai.
- Defence – Cranberry, Rosehip and Morninga.
- Focus – Lime, Baobab and Acerola.
- Youth – Peach, Ginger, Ginseng and Dandelion Extract.
- Relax – Hibiscus, Acerola and Aronia.
- Glow – Mango, Cactus Fruit and Artichoke.
- Nero – Guarana, Cola Nut, Blackberry and Activated Charcoal.
I’ve been trying these throughout the last week or so, and I’ve been loving them so far. They add a delicious subtle flavour to your water without being too overpowering. While I loved each one, my favourites are Focus and Youth. Focus is perfect for those who love citrusy flavours – it reminded me of a mojito to be honest! – and is really refreshing. I’m also quite a fan of peachy flavours, which you don’t see all that often, and that’s why Youth was another favourite of mine. The soft peach flavour is lovely, and the hint of ginger gives it a very subtle kick too. I’ll also give a shout out to Nero too, which is a limited edition flavour that contains natural caffeine, which makes a nice refreshing change from my usual Diet Coke on a Monday afternoon.
If you’re not sure what to try first, Waterdrop does a handy taster pack which has 6 different flavours to get you started. You can find out more about them by checking out their website, or if you’re in the UK and you live nearby to their Westfield store in Shepherd’s Bush, you can pay them a visit.
2: Invest in a Pretty Bottle
It sounds silly, but honestly, having a pretty water bottle to drink from can really motivate you to drink more water. Not only that, but it’s so much better for the environment. In addition to their water enhancers, Waterdrop also makes a range of bottles in some gorgeous designs too. I was very kindly gifted this stylish stainless steel bottle in Pastel Turquoise, which I absolutely love. It’s insulated, so keeps drinks cool for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours, and it’s durable and easy to clean. Plus, the bamboo lid closure prevents leaks, which is pretty handy when you’re as clumsy as me.
If stainless steel bottles aren’t for you, you can also check out Waterdrop’s selection of glass bottles too, including their gorgeous Edition Bottles, designed to match each of their flavours. There’s a design for everyone!
3: Do a Double Sip
This is such a simple one but seriously, it’s a game changer, especially if you only ever have a couple of sips here and there. Basically, every time you have a sip of your water, have two. It sounds so obvious but getting into the habit of having two sips instantly doubles the amount you’re drinking, and it means you’ll be finished quicker!
4: Have a Glass of Water With Your Meals
Again, it’s quite an obvious one, but I’ve found that having a glass of water with your evening meal (or even your breakfast or your lunch) is a great way to drink more water. Particularly if you’re tempted to have a glass of wine with your dinner, swapping it for a glass of water can be one way to get a bit more water into your daily routine.
5: Have Water to Hand When You Exercise
Another way that I’ve managed to drink more water is by making sure that I drink plenty of it during my workouts. It sounds so obvious, but I often will dive straight into a workout to the point where I don’t have any water to hand – I’ll see it straight through to the end without anything, which is stupid, and I don’t recommend. If you’re going to do a workout, have a big bottle or glass of water to hand and take a sip at regular intervals. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference it can make!
So that’s just a few ways you can drink more water when it comes to your daily routine. I hope you’ve found these tips useful, and I would definitely recommend that you give Waterdrop a try if you want to add a little more excitement to your water. If you’re anything like me, sticking to good habits will have definitely become more of a struggle in recent weeks, but remember, with a few changes, you can hopefully stay on track.
Do you have any tips for drinking more water? Let me know in the comments!
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Waterdrop and all products are gifted. All views are my own.