Raise your hand if you can’t believe it’s already February! We’re almost a month and a half into 2012, you guys! For me, a new year means one thing: new resolutions, and trying my best to stick to ‘em! Michelle made hers—did you? I kicked off last month with a massive list of ways to make my life better—and I’ll be the first to admit, some were easier to write down than to actually follow through with.
My number one resolution, however—the one I’m totally committed to and am DEF going to make happen? Drink. More. Water. Now, I know I’ve told you in the past that I try to drink lots of it—it was one of my beauty tips back when you first met me—and I do try, but for some reason, getting those 8-10 glasses (some say 11-12) in EVERY DAY is something I’m awesome at for a week… and then I slowly start to regress. It’s sad, really. Because water is super important for our bods. Not to mention our skin, energy levels, detoxification and digestion. I know it. You know it. Now why can’t we just DO it?
If you’re in the habit of reaching for a Diet Coke or a coffee instead of a glass of H2O, read on. Or, if you’re simply like me and need some motivation, I’ve got you covered. We’re in this together!
Water: It does the body good
Let’s talk a a bit about WHY you need water, if I haven’t convinced you already. It makes up over half of your body weight and it’s 100 percent necessary to help do things like flush out toxins and regulate your metabolism. In fact, every system in your body depends on it, and when you don’t drink enough—well, you do the math! Did you know that once you feel thirsty, your body is already experiencing dehydration? That’s why it’s important to sip from a water bottle or glass throughout the day. When your body is properly hydrated, you experience better health, your skin looks better and you have more energy!
Although it’s important to drink water all day long, one of the best times to gulp it down is first thing in the morning. After a night of sleep, body tissues are dehydrated and need a boost. Clean water with a squeeze of lemon provides the body with hydration, anti-oxidants and electrolytes. It jump-starts your digestion for the day, and maximizes energy function so much better than stimulants like coffee (which is a diuretic).
ALSO. If hot models swear by it, that’s kinda good enough for me. (Gotta love Erin Wasson at the end of this video!)
So you wanna drink more H20? Here’s how
1. Always carry a water bottle
But wait! Not all bottles are created equal! Don’t even THINK about picking up a plastic water container with a 1, 3, 6 or 7 on the bottom. Bisphenol-A, or BPA, a toxic chemical found in these plastics, disrupts hormones and is incredibly harmful to reproductive systems. There’s also concern about prostate disease, breast cancer and behaviour problems in children. Read here for more info on that.
Bkr bottles (see above; aren’t they pretty?) are made from glass, and as soon as I noticed celebs like Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff and Olivia Wilde (Michelle’s beauty icon) sporting theirs, I knew I had to get my hands on one.
Besides being good for the environment, they’re totally cute and are protected by a silicone sleeve to prevent breakage. I used to always empty Perrier bottles and tote them around full of water, but a) they’re not as adorbs and b) I had to be way too careful with ‘em! Carrying a fun, stylish, easy-to-wash bottle around (filled with filtered tap water, natch—my mom’s a Nikken distributor so I get to test all the water filtration systems) makes me a BILLION times more inclined to keep sipping throughout the day.
If, however, you forgot your bkr at home, and are stuck in a convenience store hunting for bottled water, choosing wisely is key. I’m partial to Icelandic Glacial, ’cause not only is it the world’s first carbon-neutral certified water brand, but the water also comes from a certifiably sustainable water source AND has a naturally occurring pH level of 8.4. (FYI: Keeping your body alkaline is crucial to good health. Ever peed on pH paper? I have! Highly recommend if you wanna figure out your body’s pH. For reals.)
Oh! And Dior also uses the water in their Diorsnow products, so that’s gotta say something!
2. Make it fizzy
I love carbonated drinks, and that’s why in the past, I was drawn to pop (a.k.a. soda for you Americans). Yes, I’ve enjoyed a Diet Coke or two in my lifetime. But no more! (Neurotoxins? No, thanks!) After being gifted a Twist ‘n Sparkle for Christmas, I’ve become completely obsessed with making my own fizzy water.
There are a few options on the market, and they’re pretty reasonably priced—I love the brand we have, but I’ve heard Soda Stream is great, too. It’s an amazing way to consume more water, because it tastes great and gives me the carbonation I crave—add a squeeze of lemon or lime, and I’m in heaven. I could drink glass upon glass.
3. Get creative
Sometimes I’m just not in the mood for plain ol’ water. It can get kinda boring. So, one of my favourite things to do is add flavours to it—spice it up a little! Fab additions include cucumber (very spa-like), basil, lemon, lime, slices of ginger (amazing for digestion and flavour), or mint! Let everything marinate in the water awhile, and then enjoy! If I were smart, I’d fill up two or three (glass) pitchers at the beginning of the week, add whatever I was in the mood for, and then stick them in the fridge for easy access.
4. Use reminders
I don’t know if you guys are iPhone users, but I was recently converted (sorry, Blackberry), and have had the best time exploring the App store! One of the coolest applications I’ve discovered is Waterlogged, which helps you track your daily water intake and set reminders to keep you on track. Or, there’s always the tried and true method of using sticky notes (I’m a huge fan). I put them up around the apartment—in the kitchen, at my desk, by my bed—to allow myself no excuses for forgetting.
Elizabeth Oborne is a Vancouver-based writer and holistic nutritionist. Follow her on Twitter: @Elizabeth_O_.
Do you drink 8-10 glasses of water a day?
When you do, do you notice a difference in your skin?
What tricks do you use to make water more exciting?