Ten Tips for Increasing Your Fluid Intake
- Have a glass of water when arising in the morning.
- Drink constantly throughout the day, rather than several ‘big gulps’ at once—this meets your body’s needs and may prevent the problem of frequent urination.
- If you have problems with constipation, it may be due to not drinking enough water—our bodies need water to balance the fiber intake that comes from fruits, vegetables, and grains.
- Fluids are more easily absorbed from the body when they are somewhat cooler, about 4 – 15 degrees celsius. Keep a one- or two-quart bottle of water in your refrigerator, and make sure you drink and refill it daily.
- When you pass a drinking fountain, stop for a refreshing drink.
- Use the colour of your urine as a guide for how well you are hydrated. If you urinate regularly and your urine is light yellow, you are drinking enough. If it is dark yellow, increase your fluid intake.
- Carry a water bottle with you and drink regularly between meals.
- Allergy sufferers and persons taking any medication should try to attain the fluid goals outlined above. Our kidneys and liver need extra water to process medicines.
- When exercising, drink one to two cups of fluid 30 minutes before and half to one-cup fluid every 15 minutes of exercise.
- Drink before you get thirsty. Thirst is actually a sign that your body is already dehydrated. Keep drinking regularly throughout the day even after your thirst is quenched.
Make water part of your daily routine for good health!