Everyone knows these days how important it is to stay well-hydrated when you’re leading a healthy lifestyle. Water is a crucial component of a daily diet, as it helps to regulate body temperature and maintain the balance of fluids in the body. We should be drinking approximately 64 ounces of water per day – that’s 8 x 8 ounce glasses, or 1.8-2.5 litres.

Unfortunately,  as many as two thirds of Americans are not reaching their recommended daily water intake – many people even admit to this, despite being fully aware of the important role it plays in promoting a healthy mind and body.

It can feel intimidating to be faced with 8 large tumblers of water, knowing you have to get through every one before the day is through. But by taking your time and having a few handy hints up your sleeve, you’ll soon be able to knock back the H20 without even thinking about it.

  1. Set an alarm

A big reason why people don’t drink enough is simply because they forget. We’ve all been there, working away at a desk and ticking those chores of your to-do list when, before you know it, it’s time to pick up the kids, make dinner and, at long last, get to bed. The point is that time flies when you’re busy, and sometimes a little reminder is necessary. Set an alarm on your computer or smartphone to go off every hour or so. When the buzzer goes, take a few gulps and get back to work. Who knows, it’ll probably make you focus better as well.

  1. Add Some Sparkle

If you’re a sucker for carbonated drinks, mix things up a little and go for some fresh and fizzy carbonated spring water. It’ll make your drink feel fancy and you’ll be more inclined to actually want to drink it.

  1. Get your five-a-day

It sounds surprising, but humans actually get a large amount of their daily water intake from the food they eat. Fruits and vegetables have a particularly high water percentage, usually around 80%, so having some healthy snacks is a great (and much more exciting!)  way to reach your recommended daily intake. Chop up some watermelon and strawberries for a tasty snack, or if you’re more of a savoury person try cucumber sticks with houmous.

  1. Add flavour

Plain water sounds boring – but soda and fruit juice are full of sugar and just don’t have the same health benefits as the pure stuff. You can, however, add some flavour to your water without the added sugars by chopping up your own fruit and letting it diffuse into your bottle. Lemon is a great one, and mint with cucumber is delicious too. If you’re more of a sweet-tooth, try adding some mixed berries.

  1. Bottle it up

Convenience is key if you lead a busy lifestyle. It’s difficult to sit down with a glass of ice water if you’re always rushing about trying to get on with your chores. Invest in a nice, reusable bottle, something that you actually want to carry around with you, so that it’s right there to hand whenever your thirst hits.

  1. The Final Straw

You know when you go to a party and there are bowls full of nibbles everywhere, and you end up picking at them time and time again until you’ve eaten three packets of chips, 2 packets of pretzels and a handful of nuts? But then the moment you’re faced with a plate full of food you feel like you’ll never get through it all? It’s the same with water. Straws help to break down large amounts of liquid into ‘bite size’ portions, which means that you forget how much you’re actually consuming and before you know it you’re slurping the dregs out the bottom of your glass.