Water makes up around 60% of our body and we depend on it to survive. While individual needs May vary, 8-10 glasses or around 2 litres is a good daily amount to aim for. If you’re pregnant, older, exercising a lot or live in a sunny climate you may need more.
1. My top tip: buy a pint glass (instead of a regular one) and use it to drink water at home.
2. Always carry a bottle of water in your bag. Try to ensure it’s BPA free too.
3. Eat your water! Foods like cucumber, watermelon, tomatoes (94% water!) and most fresh fruits and veggies have a high water content.
4. Drink herbal tea. Perhaps peppermint tea during the day and a camomile tea to switch off a few hours before bed. Try not to have it too close to your bedtime as having a full bladder can disrupt sleep.
5. Keep a glass of water by your bedside and drink it first thing in the morning when you wake up.
6. Add slices of lime, orange, strawberries, fresh mint or cucumber to your water to make it even more refreshing and delicious.
7. Instead of a soft drink, try sparkling water with a slice of lemon when you’re out and about.
8. Try using an app to keep track if you keep forgetting or set a reminder on your calendar.
9. If you’re drinking alcohol or a lot of coffee, remember they are diuretics so please drink a glass of water in between drinks.
10. Smoothies, fresh juices, soups, tea, coffee, coconut water all count towards your daily water intake.
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?
Remember that drinking too much water can also be an issue and lead to an imbalance of electrolytes in the body. Keep an eye when you go to the loo – your urine shouldn’t be completely colourless.
Most pregnant women can and should drink adequate amounts of water, herbal teas and eat water-rich fruits and vegetables. However, in the case of pregnant women who have severe preeclampsia (water retention, raised blood pressure and electrolyte abnormalities), water intake and output needs to be monitored in a specialist setting. Avoiding fizzy drinks and caffeine containing drinks is also useful, especially for pregnant women as they tend to be dehydrating.