Dehydrated? Try this.

Feeling dehydrated? If you can’t tell, press lightly on your palm with your nail. The length time it takes for your skin to ‘bounce back’ indicates how well hydrated you are. Naturally, your skin should regain its original form within a second or two.

I’ve been reading about liver function this week. I know, I can’t believe I’m into it either. The liver is vital to detoxifying the body. My research has identified that when the liver is under undue stress, it has body-wide implications. One implication is the forming of skin disorders. Fortunately, there’s a simple way to facilitate the liver’s detoxification process. Drink lots and lots of filter water each day. It seems overly obvious. And that’s because it is. In the past few months I’ve been able to increase my daily water-intake from approximately 500mls per day to 2.5Ls per day by following the tips below.

Herbal tea time

Find a herbal tea that works for you and have it 3 times a day. My favourites are peppermint tea, Dandelion root tea, Licorice tea and white tea.

Try a glass bottle

Purchase a large glass water bottle (at least 800ml) and decide how many bottles you need to empty a day. I aim to drink 3 bottles a day (800mls x 3 = 2.4L).

Keep water interesting

Buy 75c sparking water at the supermarket. Pair it with sliced lemon for an inexpensive spritzer. This refreshing option is perfect for your work desk.

Stay fresh with fruit 

Chop up cucumber and add it to your water and let it infuse throughout the day. Cucumbers are known in Ayurveda practices to help to release excess heat in your stomach, which is said to be a primary cause of bad breath. You could also try lemon, watermelon or raspberries for a different twist.

Stay top of mind

Retrain yourself to question your eating habits by asking, ‘Am I hungry right now or am I just thirsty?’