Health · Lifestyle

It’s All About Hydration

Drink Up!I always assume that I’m drinking enough water. In an average month I will just drink water and decaf tea. On the odd occasion I’ll have a soda and lime, or even a cheeky cocktail.

I’ve usually got a bottle of water close by or a tea in hand so I very rarely have to think about drinking water.

The problem is that I’ve now realised that if I don’t drink enough water, I tend to get headaches.

Hydrate!

I now have to drink water throughout the day to keep the headaches away.

I bought myself a new water bottle to help with this. At roughly £20 (inc p&p) it’s not the cheapest but if it stops me getting headaches then it’s worth it.

The idea of the bottle is to fill it with water twice a day and drink it all. The key feature of the bottle is that it has the times of the day written on it so you know how much to drink, and when.

Times

I was intrigued to see how I would get on with it. The plus side is that I like knowing that I’m drinking enough water. However, I find that I’ll be out and about or with a client and it’s a bit hard to drink on the specific times, so I end up drinking as much as I want when I can. I do make sure I do this twice a day though.

You can also make your own with a normal bottle – try to make sure you get a big enough bottle (I’d aim for a 1 litre bottle) and fill and drink it twice a day. You can divide up the bottle and write the hours on it yourself. Super cheap and easy!

Make Sure You Get Enough

I used to stick to the old ‘have 8 glasses of water a day’ rule – without knowing which glass I should go for. But 2 litres also works well, making it easier to measure if you buy a 1 litre bottle of water.

If you’re working out, you’ll also need to drink more water than the above, to help replace the fluids lost in sweat. When I’m working out I’ll take a different water bottle and drink from that so I know I’ll still drink enough water. When you’re thinking about how much water you’re drinking, make sure you don’t include drinks with caffeine or alcohol.

Let me know how much water you drink – do you think you drink enough?

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