This is your overall fluid intake per day, including anything you eat or drink containing water in it, like fruits or vegetables.
1. Daily Water
Daily Water is designed to help individuals set drinking water goals and track the volume of water they are drinking on a daily basis. The app allows for schedule reminders and offers a basic statistical analysis of the amount of what you have consumed over the course of a day, week or month. Get the app here!
iDrated is one of the top rated water apps. Simply tell the app a bit about yourself (gender, age, weight, exercise schedule) and it will help you set a daily target for hydration. iDrated will even monitor how hydrated your body is at any given moment, keep track of the last time you had a drink of water, and tell you when you are due to drink again. This all-in-one hydration tracker allows you to easily and efficiently keep track of how you’re doing in terms of meeting your recommended daily water intake. Get the app here!
Waterlogged makes it nearly impossible to forget to drink enough water. The app allows you to set reminders for yourself at scheduled or random intervals to get something to drink and keeps track of how well you are meeting your daily water drinking goals. You can even customize the app based on the type and size of drinking glasses or water bottles you have, right down to the ounce. Simply take a picture of the glass or water bottled you are drinking from and note the volume of water it holds. Next time you drink from it, find in the list and tap to record. Get the app here!
4. Eight Glasses a Day
Eight Glasses a Day offers a simplified way to keep track of how many glasses of water you are drinking in the form of a challenge. Each time you drink a real glass of water, simply touch one of the app’s virtual glasses of water to empty it. Empty all the glasses and you’ll receive a water-related ‘Tip of the Day’. The app can be customized to include anywhere from 1 to 12 glasses of water. At midnight the app resets and all water glasses are refilled. Get the app here!
You can get them in most supermarkets and even ‘pound emporiums’.
There are times that you need more than just plain water.
If you are upping the exercise, pregnant, had a really hot day – or recovering from a tummy bug, perhaps.
The temptation is to get something off-the-shelf, maybe Diarolyte, Lucozade – PRICEY and often laced with sugar.
Your body needs water no question, but it also needs electrolytes and minerals that help all the body work efficiently,
e.g Calcium, sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphates, Sulphates and a teeny bit of Hydrogen carbonate (salt);
These help with muscle function, regulate the PH of our blood, rebuilding tissue and with carrying all the electrical signals across our cells – they also have an effect on determine blood pressure.
When we sweat we lose more of these electrolytes than we can keep up with with just our normal diet.
If you drink too much water and we risk diluting them all too much (water Poisoning) – rare, but worth noting.
So here are some do-it-yourself versions you can work into your water-drinking habits!
The most simple is just like the one you buy in sachets from the chemist.
Keep it simple
- 1lt Fresh water
- 6 teaspoon unrefined sugar or honey
- ½ teaspoon sea salt (Himalayan if poss, contains 80+ trace minerals)
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups fresh water or coconut water
- 2 tbsp honey or unrefined sugar
- 1/8 tsp sea salt /Himalayan
Pour it all into a container with a lid and shake well until the salt has dissolved
3 cups coconut water
1 cup strawberries
1 cup fresh water
1 cup of ice
1/8 tsp sea salt/ Himalayan
Place it all in a blender and blend until all the fruit has liquidised.