Getting our daily dose of water helps our organs perform their functions, keeps our skin clear and hydrated, and allows physical action in our bodies to flow smoothly. In the summer, when we tend to play hard, sweat and spend prolonged time in the sun, drinking plenty of water is critical. Signs that you may not be drinking enough water are poor digestion, sluggish thinking, skin breakouts, headaches, bad breath and general fatigue. In fact, if your body is giving you any signs of discomfort (hunger, cravings, muscle cramps, etc), a glass of water is a wise first response.
Some people can get by on relatively little water, while others will drink several liters a day. I recommend starting your day with a glass of water before eating or drinking anything else. Drinking water first thing in the morning pulls out toxins from the previous day and freshens your system for the day ahead. Keep water accessible throughout the day, whether you are on the go or at a desk. Having water close by will remind you to take a sip when thirsty. The first sip will usually let you know how much more water you need. A sip or two may be enough, or you may need a big glass. Have some water before and/or during exercise, whatever feels right for you. If you drink most of your daily water before early evening, you most likely will not be thirsty before bed. This is good, because drinking before bed and then waking to use the bathroom disturbs your peaceful night's sleep.
What about quality?
Some people like bottled water, while others prefer filtered water. The key is to like the taste of the water you are drinking, and the water should agree with your body. If the taste of plain water is unappealing, experiment to see how you can make it tasty and drinkable. Try adding a few mint leaves, a wedge of lemon, a sprig of parsley, slices of cucumber, a twist of lime or a squeeze of orange to make water more tempting, or to jazz up your routine. If you are particular about the kind of water you drink, be sure to always have some of your preferred water available. Also, drinking tea or juice and eating raw fruits and vegetables contribute to the hydration process.