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8 tips for drinking more fluids

You have probably read or heard somewhere that it is essential to consume two liters of water per day (at least). However, if we do not ha...

You have probably read or heard somewhere that it is essential to consume two liters of water per day (at least).

However, if we do not have this habit, it is often difficult to comply with the recommended dose.

So in the following article we give you some tips to drink more fluids, regardless of the time of year or the activities you do.

 

Why do we need to drink more fluids?

It all depends on several factors such as, for example, physical activity, age, health status, etc.

However, the 6 or 8 glasses of water daily are necessary for each and every one of us. The benefits of this liquid for our health are many:

  • Increases energy
  • Avoid headache
  • Reduces the risk of heart attacks
  • Improves physical performance
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Avoid constipation
  • Lets you lose weight

Tips for drinking more fluids

8 tips for drinking more fluids

As we have already said, the recommended amount is two liters per day. However, it not only “counts” water, but also natural infusions, fruit juices and even vegetable soups.

It is very important that you analyze the color of the urine to see if you are on the right track.

When you wake up it is normal that it is very yellow but with the passage of the hours it should be changing until it is transparent.

That is when you have met the proper intake of fluids. If you do not have the habit of drinking lots of water during the day we recommend that you pay attention to these tips:

1. Do not wait to be thirsty

Thirst is a sign of dehydration. Therefore, when you feel like drinking water it is because your body has been needing fluids for maybe an hour.

Keep your body hydrated so you do not get the feeling of dry lips and throat.

2. Always have water near you

8 tips for drinking more fluids

During the first few weeks it will be a bit complicated to remember that you have to drink water. That will happen until you incorporate the new habit (it will take about 21 days).

  • To remember the intake of liquids a good idea is to carry with you a bottle of half a liter.
  • It is also important to leave it “in sight” (for example, on the desk in the office). So you will see it and you will remember that you must consume water.

3. Replace soft drinks with water

When you have lunch or dinner, or when you are thirsty and you are walking down the street, instead of buying a soda filled with sugar, we recommend that you choose the water.

In this way you will be moisturizing the body and adding “good” liquids. It will also be easier to meet the appropriate daily amount.

4. Drink before eating

8 tips for drinking more fluids

A glass of water before each main meal already fulfills half of the recommended intake .

And if, in addition, you add a glass before the collations mid-morning and mid-afternoon and you have 1.5 liters. Very close to recommendable.

The remaining two glasses can be eaten, for example, after lunch and before bed at night.

5. Increases intake in summer

The 2 liters so famous are an “average” for an adult but, of course, at some times of the year we should increase that amount . For example, when it is very hot.

During the summer months it is recommended to increase to 3 liters per day. That’s why a good way to incorporate the habit is in winter. By the time the hot days begin, it will not be so difficult to increase your intake a little.

6. Add tea

8 tips for drinking more fluids

Another advice for drinking more liquids is not just to “single” water. It can be quite boring, especially if we are not used to it.

A good way to hydrate naturally and effectively is through infusions of herbs.

  • You can choose green tea (an excellent antioxidant), chamomile, mint or whatever you want.
  • The important thing is not to add sugar and if you want to sweeten you can use stevia or a teaspoon of honey.

In summer cold herbal infusions can be excellent to quench our thirst and to regain our energies. Serve with a few slices of lemon, ice cubes and mint leaves.

Instead, in the winter warm them to feel comforted and elevate body temperature while you hydrate.

7. Choose natural juices

Another good way to drink more fluids is to take advantage of the amount of water that fruits and some vegetables present.

The important thing is that smoothies or juices are 100% natural . That is to say that you prepare them yourself at home. You can combine the ingredients as you prefer.

Be sure to add some fruits like apple, orange, watermelon and peach to your recipes. You can add ice cubes or fresh water to make them less “heavy”. Do not add sugar.

8. Consume soups and broths

8 tips for drinking more fluids

As with juices, it is essential that the soups are natural and homemade. Separate the broth from the vegetables and consume it throughout the day.

It is ideal for cold days, because it not only hydrates you, it also comforts you and prevents you from eating caloric foods.

If it’s hot you can opt for a rich gazpacho (better if you prepare without bread) or vegetable smoothies that include tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beets, etc.

Finally, remember not to spend more than an hour without drinking fluids to avoid dehydration, headache and dryness of the throat.

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