Five ways to up your water intake

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Even the most health conscious of people can struggle to drink eight glasses of water a day.

But if you are struggling to keep hydrated, Doran Binder, a qualified water sommelier and founder of Crag Spring Water, has shared his top tips for drinking more water, especially on very hot days.

Get a head start

It's a good idea to keep a large glass of water next to your bed every night.

"This is about changing habits by making hydration easier and more accessible, as well as the psychological element of feeling like you're ahead of the game," he noted. "I keep a large glass of water next to my bed each night, then as soon as I wake up, I drink the entire glass. If it's a pint glass, that's half a litre done before you've even got out of bed - a quarter of your goal for the day!"

Try something new

There are so many varieties of really good quality spring and mineral waters that can be easily purchased from your local shop or supermarket, so why not try something new?

"With natural, mineral or spring water, the taste and how it feels in the mouth is governed by the level of Total Dissolved Solids (Minerals) it contains - the TDS level. TDS includes carbonates, bicarbonates, chlorides, sulphates, phosphates, nitrates, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and many other minerals. These minerals are absorbed by the water as it filters through the geology in its journey to the source," he explained.

Don't go anywhere without your bottle of water

If you want to up your water intake, then you need to have your bottle on you at all times.

"If it's next to me, I will find myself swigging from the bottle without even thinking about it. It becomes a habit. Whereas, if you have to go to the tap, or the fridge, or the shop, then that's more of an effort. To make something a habit you need to remove as many barriers as possible, the easier it is the more likely you are to stick to it," advised Doran.

Be effervescent

There is absolutely nothing wrong with drinking just tap water, but it can get a bit boring.

"Why not alternate between still and sparkling and natural water just to give a bit of variation?" the expert suggested. "It's surprising how much of a difference this small change can make in upping your water intake."

Mix up temperatures

Sometimes it can be a struggle to drink really cold water, especially when it's a hot day, as the temperature difference to your body will be even more extreme.

"Whether it's ice cold, warm, cool, room temperature - water will hydrate your body the same no matter what temperature it is," he added.

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