How to get your water intake without touching a glass of water all day
By Dani Sacht
How wonderful that these days water coolers and filters are the must-have accessory for workplaces and homes. BPA free, double-glass, anti-leak water bottles hang proudly by almost everyone’s side. With all its stylish accessories, filters and motivating-quote-plastered bottles, water is in fact SOOO much more than a fashion statement; water is essential to life.
If you found yourself stuck in a forest with lots of rain and little food, you’d probably survive a few weeks, even months. Conversely, if you were stuck in the desert with no water and little food, you’d only last a few days. Water is vital for existence.
More than half of our body is made up of water and we use it for almost every function. It’s found in and around our cells and forms the base of blood, sweat and digestive enzymes. It also helps regulate body temperature, lubricate joints and remove wastes. Therefore, we need to provide a constant supply of water every day to make up for our losses. When our bodies need more water, they’ll tell us! Cue parched lips, a dry throat and a heavy headache.
Although water and its stylish accessories are very much on trend, if water is just not your drink of choice or you’re finding it difficult to reach your daily quota, here are 6 wonderful ways to get your daily intake of water without having to touch a glass all day.
1. Fruits and vegetables:
Yep, that’s right, eat your water! Many fruits and veggies contain a high water content, which means you get crunch, flavour, nutrients and hydration all in one! Ever bitten into a ‘juicy’ peach? That’s water! Think watermelon, celery, tomatoes, melon, cucumbers, oranges, spinach and lettuce; all which have a water content of at least 90%. Ohh yeah!
2. Tea and coffee:
Contrary to popular belief that these lead to dehydration, tea and coffee can help you reach your necessary intake of water. If you think about it, your favourite café’s barrister-blend coffee is mainly just water. Unless you add syrups, sugars and other extras, these drinks can contribute to your overall fluid needs for the day when consumed in moderation. Even better, include decaffeinated herbal teas such as rooibos, green, peppermint and camomile for body-loving antioxidants, delicious flavour and water to keep you lovely and hydrated.
Kombucha (‘com-bu-cha’) is a fermented tea either brewed at home or found in most grocery stores. It’s made by adding a specific colony of bacteria and yeast solution to tea with sugar and sometimes fruit juice. Sounds scary, but the health benefits of kombucha seem to be nothing short of wonderful! What more, this unique drink can also help you reach your daily quota without sipping on water itself.
4. Soups and broths:
Good for the soul, belly and parched lips! Clear soups and broths are great hydrators as they’re mainly water, stock and veggies. Smooth veggie soups such as pumpkin, potato and leek and tomato are the next best water-boosters. Added bonus if they’re water based rather than milk or cream. This way you’ll get your fluid intake up with less calories. Creamy soups will still contribute to your water intake, but they tend to be heavy in calories. Keep these soups as plan B if you’re watching your weight.
5. Coconut water:
Coconut water is not just famous for its water content, but its electrolytes; key soldiers in the fight to prevent dehydration. Electrolytes such as sodium and potassium are unique to coconut water compared to normal water. As a general rule, opt for unflavoured coconut water varieties as they contain no added sugars.
6. Sparkling water:
If the one thing you loath about water is the lack of fizz and flavour, try sparkling water instead. Add berries, mint, lime, lemon or cucumber and create your own flavour sensation!
Remember that at the end of the day, a cool glass of water is always the best choice to quench thirst and hydration. Our bodies are mostly water so it’s important to make sure we’re getting enough every day. Water itself cannot be replaced, but these are certainly a good way to reach your daily quota without forcing down that H2O. I’ll drink to that!