Hydration

At Centra we know that water is a key component of a healthy and happy life style. We also know that 86% of Irish people aren’t drinking enough water and that 53% of people don’t know that 8 glasses is the recommended amount that everyone should be drinking each day. In order to help Irish people stay hydrated we have come up with some helpful tips which will get you to your 8 glasses a day this summer.

 

  1. Start by adding one extra glass of water per day. Once you are used to this, you can add another one and gradually get used to the full 6-8 glasses over a few weeks.
  2. Pace yourself. Try not to gulp down a pint in one minute and then not drink again for hours. Try to sip some water throughout the day e.g. every 15-20 minutes if you can.
  3. If you don’t like the taste of water try adding a adding a squirt of lemon or lime juice to each glass.  You can also add cucumber and mint leaves.
  4. Find fluid companions. Get in the habit of taking along a bottle of water when you ride your bike, drive in the car, and especially when you go on outings with active, thirsty toddlers.
  5. Keep it close at hand. When water is close at hand in your bag, nappy bag, or front seat, you’re likely to drink more of it and is a simple habit that will help improve your hydration. Keep a glass of water or water bottle on the nightstand next to your bed and drink it as soon as you get up.
  6. Try water a bit before breakfast. Did you know you lose a water of water you’re your body as you sleep? Beginning your day with water rehydrates you after the night and helps your body begin the day better hydrated. 
  7. Save your drinks to the end of your meal. Although lots of water is important for hydration is it a good idea to eat first and wait until you are half way through or even at the end of your meal before you take a drink.  Chewing food is an important part of digestion and using water to get food to go down may mean you miss this step!
  8. Choose water based foods if you find it hard to keep hydrated. Fruit and vegetables are great places to get fluids.  Try lettuce, tomatoes, melon, cucumber, watermelon and oranges. 
  9. Make sure you are well hydrated when exercising or out in the heat. If you’re working up a sweat, you will need to increase your fluid intake.
  10. Enjoy herbal teas. There are lots of different types of herbal teas out there and it is worth finding one you like. Try adding fresh mint leaves or a cube of fresh ginger to hot water for a tasty, warming way to stay hydrated.