One of my biggest weaknesses is not drinking enough water. I’ve been like that all my life – part of the reason I don’t drink enough is that I usually don’t feel thirsty and so I forget to have sips of water on a regular basis!
Even though I know how important it is to stay hydrated, it’s for some reason a habit that I fail at every single time! I often manage to get on a good path for a couple of weeks then just fall off again. So, I’ve decided that I have to be more conscious about it. Here are some of my tips for staying hydrated (or at least attempting to!).
Tip 1: Try to make water more appealing to drink.
While I have no issues with the taste of water, I tend to actually WANT to reach for that glass if it looks pretty or has a bit more flavour to it. One of my favourite ways to add flavour to water is adding lemon, cucumbers and mint/basil. You can also use soda water (but I don’t like fizzy drinks) or add other fruits such as strawberries.
Tip 2: Make getting filtered water easy.
We used to have one of those refillable water filter jugs but without fail one of us would ALWAYS forget to fill it up. And if you have one, I’m sure you’ll know what a pain it is to wait for the water to filter and fill the jug when you really, really want a glass of water.
I was sent the WaterLogic Hybrid Water Purifier system to test out. I wasn’t sure if it would suit our lifestyle but I’m happy to report it has found a permanent place on my counter top! It not only filters the water but purifies it too with UV purification technology. What’s also great is that there;s no waiting. Just fill the reservoir with water, push the button and drink! For cold water you can add ice directly to the reservoir or remove it and put it in the fridge. It might seem a pricier option at $199.99 but the system actually tells you when the it needs maintenance which is only about once per year.
Tip 3: Use hydrating products on your skin.
Writing about numerous beauty products on my other site has taught me the importance of using hydrating products on your skin! If your skin isn’t maintaining the moisture you’re replenishing it with, then you’re losing out on many of the benefits of hydration in the first place!
Choose a day cream with SPF for protection too. Neutrogena’s Deep Moisture Day and Night Creams are good examples of products you should be using daily. A combination of Vitamin D3 and glycerin will instantly relieve any dryness you may be experiencing, but more importantly is works deep into the skin to boost its ability to hold on to moisture longer.
Tip 4: Eat moisturizing foods.
This is probably my favourite tip. For some reason I find it much easier to remember to eat than to drink, so it was great to learn that moisturizing foods can help with hydration too!
Some of my favourite hydration boosting foods are watermelon, strawberries and yogurt.
I like to eat my yogurt with fruit and granola but I was recently sent some AMAZING gourmet morning yogurt recipes from The Edible Story here in Toronto. Here are a couple I would love to try!
Green Tea & Avocado Yogurt
- 250 ml of fresh yogurt
- 1 tbsp of avocado puree or 2 tbsp of fresh avocado diced
- 40 mg of green tea extract
- 1 tbsp of honey
Lemon Grass and Toasted Coconut Yogurt
- 250 ml of fresh yogurt
- 1 tbsp of shredded coconut, toasted to golden brown
- 1 tsp of cane sugar
- 2 tbsp of milk, steeped with lemon grass
Hope you enjoy!
Can you share with me any tips for staying hydrated?