Detox: Drink more water in 2019
New year, new you! Start on the right foot by drinking more water!
After the festive period of eating, you might be thinking of starting to detox. A good way to flush out toxins in a healthy way is to drink more water. Stay hydrated and meet the eight glasses of water a day recommendation – you’ll notice the benefits immediately.
10 tips on how to drink more water
1. Drink a glass of water when you wake up
Our normal habit in the morning is to reach for the coffee pot. Instead, drink a glass of water to start off your day. You’ll be rehydrating yourself after your sleep in the best way. Simply prepare a glass of water or a flask near your bedside. Once you have your first glass, you’re more likely to drink more water throughout the day.
2. Store a full water pitcher in the fridge
Do you not drink water because it’s not cold enough? Instead of reaching for an icy can of fizzy pop, try to keep a pitcher of water in the fridge. By keeping it full as often as possible, you’ll drink more water because it’s available. If you like ice in your drinks, keep your ice tray fully stocked as well.
3. Keep a full water bottle within view
Working in an office means you’re staring at the same things all day. If you keep snacks and canned drinks on your desk, you’re more likely to consume them. Instead, try to keep a full (and preferably large) water bottle on your desk. Since it’s there, you won’t be distracted by other beverages and you’ll drink more water than you usually do.
4. Customise your drink!
Do you avoid drinking water because it just doesn’t look appealing? Use or buy a bottle that’s got a design you like, aesthetically and practically. Get a bottle that has a straw for easy access, or one that has a unique screw cap motion. Find a bottle you like the look of – you’ll enjoy drinking out of it!
5. Have more than one bottle lying around
Do you use the excuse of not having any water available as a reason to not drink more water? This is easily solved by having more than one bottle lying around. Keep one in your purse, in your car, on your desk and even in your gym bag. If you don’t have any water on hand, at least you know where you can easily grab a bottle.
6. Get into a routine
If you’re someone who can pick up a habit after slipping it into their routine, you can set regular timers throughout the day. It’s easy to do on your phone or on your computer. The regular pings will remind you to drink more water. It might take some time to get used to it, but after a while, you’ll be drinking water at regular intervals without even thinking about it.
7. Track your progress
It can be fulfilling to see your progress written down. By using an app, you can log each time you have a drink of water. You can write down the times on a piece of paper if you prefer to go old-school. After you build momentum, you won’t want to disrupt your flow and you’ll be encouraged to drink more water to keep up the good work.
8. Infuse some flavour into your water
Maybe you can’t stand how bland water tastes. The good news is you can infuse your water with herbs and fruit flavours to mix things up! The recipes can be simple and refreshing at the same time. Try blueberry and basil or the classic cucumber and lemon. Remember to let the herbs and fruit mixture infuse for 2 hours. Leaving it overnight usually does the trick, so preparing it before you sleep leaves you with a delicious and healthy drink in the morning.
9. Or water with bubbles in it.
You might be too used to drinking carbonated drinks. If you’re trying to drink more water, you can satisfy those fizzy cravings with with soda water! Even if you don’t like soda, bubbly water can be a fun change to normal water.
10. Build a community
Starting a new habit can be more fun when you’re doing it with other people. If other people want to start to drink more water, set up a WhatsApp group. You can encourage and motivate each other to stick to timings, as well as share tips.