According to most Bengali moms, water is the solution to every problem in life.
“Ammu, onek matha betha. Ajke school ey jabo nah.”
“Dui glass paani kheye taratari ready hou.”
“Ammu, I need to see a Dermatologist. My skin has been breaking out like crazy.”
“Paani khao nah je! Amra chhoto belay eto paani khetam, tomader boyosh ey butter er moto skin chhilo.”
“Ammu, ami A’ Levels ey Math drop korbo. I don’t get Math.”“How will you get it? Your brain doesn’t work properly because..” You guessed it right! “Ek fota o paani khao nah sharadin.”
It hurts my ego to give credence to her words but I have learnt that water undoubtedly is very crucial for our health. Around 60% of our body is made up of water. The Dhaka weather being at its worst, we can easily get dehydrated which results in headaches, fatigue and even lack of motivation.
I do not like drinking water. The average amount of water I used to drink per day was two glasses. Not until very recently, did I start increasing my water intake and I must say, it has changed my life for the better. I was rather surprised to see such a drastic difference in my energy level, digestive system and yes, MY SKIN! So, here is a list of practical ideas which are tried and tested by yours truly for you to adapt for a healthier life!
- Invest in a Jumbo-Sized Water Bottle – I stumbled upon an article which pointed out that it is important that we continuously sip on water throughout the day, even if we are not thirsty. Some experts suggest that eight 8-ounce glasses of water should be consumed daily. Since I am the last person to keep count of her water intake measure, I chose an option more suitable for me. I had bought a pink 1 litre water bottle from Makkah to fill Zamzam water. I decided to not be overambitious and start with 1 litre of water a day. Before hitting the sack every night, I fill up my new pink buddy with some h2O (No, not the restaurant in Dhanmondi), and every morning I gulp down around a glass worth of water.
- Drink water on an empty stomach – Drinking water altogether is important but drinking water on an empty stomach is beneficial on a different level. Our body is deprived of water for long hours when we are asleep so drinking a glass of water first thing when you wake up helps flush out all the toxins from your body. It also prevents digestion problems and constipation. If you want to take it up a notch and do wonders to your body, add a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to your morning glass of water. I have been doing this for the past year and it has single handedly cured my Gastric problems without the help of medicines. My skin breaks out a lot less now too. Sure, it smells like puke but you can always hold your nose and gulp it down. I am too forgetful and lazy a person to ensure that I walk up to the pantry right when I wake up, so I keep my glass of water with Apple Cider Vinegar on my bedside table right next to me so that it’s the first thing I lay my eyes on when I wake up. Although, on most days, I wake up to my husband’s face. *blessed*. Be sure to give yourself 20 – 30 minutes before you have anything after that.
- Jazz up your H2O – Water really does not have to taste as bland as it does. When I have some time in my hands, which is almost never, I experiment and add some flavour to my water. You know you’re deep into the ‘drink more water’ game when you have your personal flavoured water recipes NAMED. I swear, I am not a psycho. Sometimes, my creative side gets the better of me! Some of the great combos I tried and absolutely loved are –
The Green Duo – cucumber slices and mint leaves
Everything Citrus – lemon and orange slices
Them Autumn Feels – Apple slices and cinnamon sticks
Green Tea is also a great drink to substitute with water at times.
- Set hourly alarms – Now, some may think I am pushing it a bit too far but I am the most forgetful person on this planet. I also don’t get thirsty too often. When the notification that reads “Drink water NOW!” pops up on my phone every hour, it helps, okay? It helps me finish my goal to drink a minimum of 2 litres of water every day.
The only downside of increasing your water intake is the increase in the number of trips to the loo. I would happily do that because the benefits of H2O have had the most positive impact on my health, both physical and mental. I would urge you all to give it a shot. It works like magic!