More often than not we forget to fulfil the most fundamental aspect of our body’s requirement - the daily quota of 8 glasses (about 2 litres) of water. Not drinking enough water often leads to dehydration, the common symptoms being dry lips and dark-coloured urine. You may feel tired or a little light-headed as well. If you have experienced these symptoms, it’s time for you to up your hydration routine with 7 easy ways to motivate yourself to drink more water!
1. Fruit-Infused Drinks
We get that drinking plain ol’ water can be a little repetitive and mundane, so spice it up with some delicious cut fruits! We’re a fan of citrus ones like lime, lemon and grapefruit, but you can always pick your favourites to add. There are no bad combinations when it comes to making cold, refreshing fruit-infused drinks. And the best part? You can consume the fruits for added Vitamin C! If you’re thinking of infusing for a longer period, you can utilise your Thermos® Tumbler to keep your drinks cold for a one-person serving or the Thermos® Carafe to make a bigger batch!
2. Diluted Juices
Fruit juices contain lots of vitamin C and minerals that are great for the body, but only when taken in the right amount. This is because fruits do contain a naturally-occurring sugar called fructose, and when consumed in a high quantity of a few glasses every day (an average of 4 oranges to make a glass of fruit juice), it can cause a blood sugar spike in the body. However, you can always dilute one part fruit juice with 2 part water to lower the sugar content while still keeping the delicious flavour to encourage increased intake!
3. Carry a Water Bottle Around
A carry-on water bottle will always be a handy reminder for one’s hydration needs. Choose one that is stylish enough to complement your outfit while having its practical features. Our Thermos® JNT-551 One-Push Tumbler series comes with three stylish designs, is lightweight and has a detachable strap for carrying convenience and easy portability. You can expect the tumbler to keep your drinks warm or cold for at least 6 hours too!
4. Set Alarms For Drinks Break
Utilise your phone’s alarm system to set 8 (or more) alarms titled ‘WATER BREAK’ as a reminder to fulfil your 8 glasses a day quota. It can be allocated at every hour during work hours (if you work 8 hours a day) or spaced out to your liking. Just be sure to stick to it religiously (having a portable One-Push Tumbler will help when the timings clash with your schedule).
5. Toilet Routine
Whenever you expel water from your body, it’s always a good idea to replenish it back. Therefore, work around your bathroom visits to determine your hydration schedule. Make it a habit to drink a cup of water after every bathroom break. This creates a healthy self-replenishing cycle of you drinking a glass of water, feeling the need to visit the toilet after an hour or so, and then drinking another glass of water after you’re done visiting the restroom. We find this trick of using your body as the alarm to be the most reliable and effective.
6. Body Hydration State
A good way to gauge if your body is well-hydrated or severely dehydrated is to check the colour of your urine. A light, pale yellow often means that you are on the right track with your water intake, while a darker, more concentrated colour (often with a distinguishable pungent smell) indicates that you are most probably dehydrated. The colour changes, however, can also be due to certain medications or colour-inducing food like Berocca® tablets. You can refer to this chart here!
If you feel that you are slightly dehydrated, you can also opt to consume broths or soups on top of drinking more water. Just be sure that the broths or soups are low in sodium (salt) to not dehydrate your body even further. You can also cook one up yourself with our healthy recipes using the Thermos® Shuttle Chef® or Thermos® Food Jar to dabao to work!