It’s not news that water is essential to our health and wellbeing. But for many, we typically don't even realise how dehydrated we are until mid-afternoon fatigue sets in, we experience headaches or see it manifest in our skin.
Not only do healthy hydration levels moisturise the complexion from within to maintain its texture and appearance, but studies show it also protects your skin barrier function and supports digestion, energy levels and cognitive function. And because simply drinking more water each day isn't as easy as it may seem, here are five foolproof ways to up your intake.
Know What You Need
8 glasses a day is a great baseline, but how much water each of us actually needs depends on a range of factors like body weight and age, as well as activity level and the temperature—after all the more you sweat, the more water you lose. As a general rule, multiply your weight in kilograms by 0.033 litres.
Try an App
To calculate more specific goals depending on your lifestyle, track your consumption and set reminders, look to apps like Waterlogged, Gulp and WaterLama. App averse? Well-timed calendar alerts or phone alarms will help keep you on course.
Take It Up a Notch
By adding HYDRATION Inner Beauty Boost, our bio-fermented elixir with coconut and cucumber water, to still or sparkling water, you’ll be helping to restore your body’s hydration levels and replenish thirsty, lacklustre skin from within. The supercharged formula now contains finger lime, trace minerals and magnesium for electrolyte balance, plus probiotics—including our exclusive strain, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GUT5Y™—for digestive wellbeing and skin health.
Eat Your Water
While carrying a reusable water bottle is a must, incorporating plenty of water-rich vegetables and fruits into your diet also has the added benefit of delivering vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fibre. Flood your cells with hydrating foods like cucumber, celery, radishes, papaya, melon, romaine lettuce, and tomatoes.
Drink Between Meals
While you may be accustomed to guzzling H2O with lunch or dinner, drinking immediately before, during and straight after a meal can dilute digestive enzymes, negatively impacting the way in which your gut absorbs nutrients. Instead, replenish your fluids at least half an hour before or
after eating to aid digestion and save you from confusing thirst with hunger.