Thursday, July 28, 2011

Freebie List - "8 Glasses of Water a Day"

Unless you are a fish, most of us probably don't drink enough water every day - come to think of it I'm not even sure if fish actually do drink - but you get what I mean.

The old '8 glasses a day' rule has been around for ages, and even though the latest scientific evidence somewhat debunks the theory that we need at least 8 glasses a day, I know there are days when I don't drink a single glass at all.  Which is not a good thing.

Some of the main benefits of drinking plenty of water include -

  • It helps to suppress your appetite 
  • It helps to keep skin moisturised, radiant and supple
  • It helps our digestive system to work properly
  • It helps to flush toxins from our body
  • Drinking enough water stops your body from retaining water

So, combining my need to drink more water and my exorbitant love for lists, I've created a little chart to track how much water I am drinking each day.  So far today I've already had 3 glasses - which is roughly 3 glasses more than I had yesterday so I'm on a roll so far, woohoo!


The good news is scientists now agree that most liquids you drink count towards the total, including tea, coffee, juice, etc. but obviously there are far more benefits from drinking water than downing 8 glasses of soft drink!

5 tips for drinking water (if drinking water is not your thing!)

1. Drink 1 glass as soon as you go into the kitchen in the morning.

2. Personally, I find water is easiest to drink with a straw, it goes down quicker and easier.

3. If you drink a lot of coffee or tea during the day, trying drinking a glass of water between each one.

4. If I feel like a little extra zing, I add a dash of one of Bickfords traditional cordials.  There are 9 cordials in the range but the Diet Lime cordial is my favourite - super refreshing and not too sweet.  And I just love the look of the Bickfords bottles - so vintage!

5. Finally, I like drinking my water out of a really nice glass.  Years ago I bought two gorgeous cut crystal tumblers and they are divine to drink out of - heavy and sparkly!  $20 is a lot of money to spend on one glass, but when you think about it $20 is not too bad to have a little luxury in your life and you may be able to pick up a bargain on eBay.  Waterford Crystal is some of the best crystal in the world.


If you have any more tips on how to increase your water intake, I'd love to hear them!

If you would like a free copy of the chart (its an A4 page with 2 charts per page), leave a comment with your email address, or you can email me directly at eloise (at) webbi . com . au


Lastly, just keep in mind that although 8 glasses is a great idea, it's not a big deal if you can't manage 8 a day.  If you are not a big water drinker normally (like me), even 3 or 4 is an improvement so don't beat yourself up about it if you are not crossing all the glasses off the chart.

5 comments:

  1. Being a teacher, I am constantly talking so I need to drink water regularly. We keep our old Bickford's bottles in the fridge filled with water. I pour one into my drink bottle each day and my goal is to drink the whole bottle over a day - that's 750ml of water, or 3 glasses. I start each day with a coffee and drink about 2 cups of green tea a day - another 2-3 glasses there! (6 in total). I hve a glass of water with dinner and one before I go to bed. That's 8 baby!!!

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  2. great work Nic! being a primary school teacher Im surprised you don't keep vodka in the old Bickford's bottles :) I am up to 5 glasses so 3 to go.....however I should mention that toilet trips are up to about 25!

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  3. I can't drink from a glass. Have no idea why LOL. SO I fill my stainless steel bottle (700mls) and have a swig whenever I pass the fridge. I'd easily refill it at least twice a day, if not three times. Then again I'm tandem feeding so should probably be drinking even more than that!!

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  4. I drank milk like crazy when I was breast feeding, strangely enough. Could not get enough choc milk! Must be why Bailey is so dark hahaha

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  5. @Nic
    I like to hydrate too and boy does it help to get the body function better and feel better. I certainly notice the difference if I'm slack and/or eat sugar!! These "bad' habits seem to go hand in hand for me.

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