With a heat wave taking over the country, and many cities in Maharashtra peaking in the high 40s, staying cool is turning out harder than it sounds. And one aspect that is often overlooked in the rush to stand in front of the air-conditioning vent is possibly one of the easiest, and best, ways to cool your body naturally. Drinking enough water might seem like an easy thing to do, but it turns out, it’s actually harder. Not only are you sweating more in the summer heat, your body also uses up the excess to maintain its temperature. So basically, what you thought was “enough” water, really isn’t in the summer months. Your intake should go up from the standard 8 glasses a day, to at least 12.
Wondering why water is so important? It’s actually one of the reasons (or actually, it’s lack is one of the reasons) why you feel more lethargic during the heat. Because your body depends on your water intake to regulate its temperature, it’s easier for your body to overheat without it. Also, water helps flush out toxins from your body, and if you aren’t having enough, there’s an excess build up of toxins too. That’s also why instances of dry skin, dandruff, and pimples increase during the heat.
But while we all agree that water intake is important, it’s often seen that people, especially working professionals, simply forget to drink water. Yes, you read that right. They forget. Because getting caught up with reports, meetings, and the daily humdrum of the work life, it’s hard to keep track of water intake during the day. But worry not, if you’re one of the many, many who suffer from this phenomena, we’re here to save the day! We’ve compiled a list of ways to ensure that you stay on top of your daily hydration goals, and don’t waver.
1. Always in view
Make sure that you have your own bottle of water sitting at your desk, and ensure that it is clearly visible in your work space. The old adage of out of sight, out of mind is actually quite apt, and you’re more likely to keep drinking if you keep seeing the bottle every time you move your eyes off of your computer screen.
2. Restock the inventory
Ok, so this might sound childish, but it’s actually a great cheat. Every time you are heading back to your desk after using the washroom, have a glass of water. The more you drink, the more you’ll need to use the facilities, and therefore, the more you’ll drink. The best thing about this method is that it’s actually one of the easiest habits to inculcate.
3. An app a day
There are quite a lot of free apps available for download that basically give you a reminder to drink a glass of water every hour, and also track how much of water you consume each day. Not only do you constantly get reminded, you can also track your intake, and monitor your daily trends.
4. Infuse away
If you’re one of those that gets bored with plain water, try infusing for added flavor (and nutrient boost!). Slice some cucumbers, oranges, and mint (or a variety of other combinations) and chuck them into a jug, and fill with water. Leave it to infuse for a few hours, and voila! Nowadays, it’s even easy to find infusing bottles in the market, so you can take the same to work with you.
5. Appeal to the eyes
Buy a bottle, glass or cup that you absolutely adore the design of. It’s statistically proven that if we like the receptacle, we are more likely to use it often. So whether it’s a cup with a picture of your loved ones on it, or a glass with a quirky design, the more you associate a smile with it, the more you’ll use it.
Keep hydrated, Keep cool!