Hydrating is one of our primary needs: water and its mineral salts are fundamental to regulate and purify our body, we could not survive otherwise. Still, how often do we think “I should drink more!” or to get to the end of the day and realize that we haven’t consumed enough water?
The many commitments, shifts, schedules to be respected that made our days fast and hectic, stopped in this period. Life has taken a slower pace and this has meant, for many people, totally changing their lifestyle. Adapting to new rhythms also means developing new habits: why not take advantage of it to get used to it and drink more water?
Drinking regularly is important not only for our physical health, but also for our brain. One should never forget to drink the right amount of water every day to keep our body and mind healthy and active.
In fact, if on average the human body is made up of 60% of water, with values that vary according to the age and gender of the individual, the brain contains an even greater percentage: on average around 75%, up to 85%. Furthermore, children’s bodies contain proportionately more water than that of an adult and it is even more important for them to learn from a young age to “drink well”.
REMEMBER TO DRINK THANKS TO ROUTINE
Do you feel the need to keep your mind and body awake and performing every day, even if you are at home? Start by remembering to drink more! If you really don’t get into it, don’t worry. Some small but brilliant tricks can be used. For the more forgetful, there are also several smartphone apps to remember to drink through notifications.
If instead we prefer not to use technology, to develop this good habit we can simply begin to associate the gesture of drinking with the actions of everyday life, such as getting out of bed, working, studying or going to the bathroom.
Here are six ideas for drinking more often and without effort:
- Just get up: drinking a glass of water, or better yet two, just waking up is one of the healthiest habits of the morning. To not forget, just keep a full bottle and a glass on the bedside table or in a place near you. It will be the mere sight of these two elements in the morning to remind you what to do.
- At home: when you move from one room to another in the house, carrying a bottle of water with you always will allow you not to forget to drink. An even more practical method is to keep a bottle of water in each room, resting on a strategic point. For example, you can use the 0.5 liter bottles of Acqua Sant’Anna , which are comfortable and take up little space.
- On the work surface : as mentioned above, the brain contains a very high amount of water, so why not keep it handy when working or studying? Always keep a bottle on your smart working or study station, and you can drink a little at each break. Hydration will promote concentration, increase your productivity and even have positive effects on your short-term memory.
- After every break in the toilet: get into the habit of drinking a glass of water even after going to the bathroom; it may seem bizarre as a habit but it will help you compensate for the loss of fluids in the body immediately.
- Before meals: it is now known that drinking during a meal does not block digestion. In fact, if you do not ingest such quantities of water as to dilute the gastric juices (it will be sufficient to just drink what is necessary to quench the thirst stimulus), the water even has a beneficial effect because it helps the body to soften the ingested food, facilitating the digestion process. However, if you are afraid of feeling weighed down or swollen by drinking during meals, try drinking a nice glass of water as soon as you sit at the table, before starting the meal.
- After physical activity: staying at home does not necessarily make us more sedentary. Although going to the gym or running right now isn’t possible, there are many exercises and disciplines you can practice at home to keep fit. It takes 20-30 minutes of exercise a day to see its beneficial effects on the body and mood. The important thing is to remember, after each session, to rehydrate. In one hour of exercise, the body can lose up to a liter of fluids, so keep a bottle ready to wait for you!
OTHER SIMPLE TIPS
Watch out for liters! If your goal is to drink two liters of water a day, count how many bottles you emptied during the day. It is enough to know their capacity to understand how much you have drunk and how much water you have yet to drink. Being aware of how much you have drunk helps to realize the progress made.
A nice and easy to hold bottle like Sant’Anna Baby Bottles can help even the youngest ones to remember to drink. In fact, it is even more important for children to learn immediately to drink the right amount of water during the day. Even at home there should never be a bottle tailored to them!
VIRTUE IS IN THE MIDDLE
Warning! Remembering to drink frequently does not mean exaggerating with quantities. Each person should make sure that they drink at least 1.5 to two liters of water per day. But this quantity increases and changes according to various factors, such as climatic conditions, nutrition and physical activity.
Arriving in the evening, if you have not drunk enough during the day, do not overdo it before going to sleep. The urge to go to the bathroom could affect your rest. So it is better to drink just one glass and commit to being more virtuous the next day.
All clear? Take advantage of these home days, trying to associate water with everyday gestures. At first it may not be simple, but with a little goodwill they will become daily gestures. And you will see that good habits will remain, even when we return to normal routine!