My #1 Hydration Hack
Consuming enough fluids is important for our health in many ways, including joint function, body temperature regulation, infection prevention, and detoxification via the kidneys and liver.
For women, the target is about 2.7 litres of fluids a day. For men, 3.7 litres. About 20% of that will come from our food, particularly fruits and vegetables. The rest should be drunk in the form of water, broth-based soups, tea, coffee, and milks. (Sugary drinks don't count toward your daily quota.)
For a long time, I struggled to drink enough to stay properly hydrated. I'd think about having some water, but I'd keep putting it off over and over, until I reached lunchtime or the end of the workday without having drunk a single sip. Or I'd put off washing my water bottle and then forget to keep refilling my glass.
What finally changed that was a book I read called Willpower Doesn't Work by Benjamin Hardy. Hardy says that willpower isn't reliable when we're trying to change our habits. Instead, among other things, we need to change our environment to remove barriers and resistance against our success.
I was skeptical when I read this, but I decided to give it a try. The "barriers" to my drinking more water seemed to me to be:
- Having to unscrew and then replace the lid on my water bottle every time I took a sip
- Forgetting to refill my bottle when it was empty
- Procrastinating on washing my non-dishwasher-friendly bottle
Could these seemingly trivial points of resistance be holding me back from my water goal? I was willing to test the theory.
I invested in a 950ml, dishwasher-safe tumbler with a straw and took it for a test drive (you can try it with a mason jar and a stainless steel straw, or buy the same one that I have - we carry it in Fleur Noir - don't forget the straws).
To my surprise, I instantly and effortlessly started drinking significantly more water, and with a bit of time, I was reaching my goal most days! (Katherine commented on my video last week that it helped her drink more water too.)
This week, try my hydration hack and see if it makes a difference for you. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.
Take care of yourself,