Ensure You’re Always Hydrated With These Free Apps

Ensure You’re Always Hydrated With These Free Apps

We’re all comfortingly familiar with our cups of herbal teas, coffee, soda and energy drinks that could give Arnold Schwarzenegger a run for his money. And at times, we’re so caught up with drinking the latest health trend of the moment, that we forgot to drink up on our daily fix of H2O.

It may not be the most glamorous thing around but water is present in two-thirds of our body. And influences 100% of all the functions in our body.

Drinking enough water on a daily basis keeps us energized, boosts the mood, helps in clarity of thought, keeps the kidneys healthy, hydrates the body, freshens up the skin, helps in weight loss, promotes heart health, prevents some types of cancer and battles fatigue. Phew. Now that’s quite a long list isn’t it!

How Much Water Do We Need Daily?

On an average, it’s recommended that men drink around 3 liters (that’s about 13 cups) and women around 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) a day. 1.5 liters (7 glasses) for kids between 9 – 12 years and 2 liters (about 8 – 10 glasses) for kids over the age of 13 is the ideal amount of water consumption per day. Now while this is the number spewed out by various research bodies, the amount of water you need largely depends on your size, diet, level of activity, unique body chemistry and climate you’re living in. We lose a lot of water through activities like urination and sweating, but did you know that we lose water even while breathing?

According to medicalnewstoday.com, America reports a sorry state of affairs when it comes to water consumption. Research has found that:

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36% adults reported drinking only 1 – 3 cups of water per day

35% adults reported drinking 4 – 7 cups of water per day

22% adults reported drinking 8 cups or more per day

And 7% respondents reported drinking no water at all, and instead turning to fruits, vegetables, juices and soft drinks as a source of hydration.

Dehydration

When our bodies lose anywhere between 1 – 2% of water, the brain responds by telling us it is thirsty. If you suddenly crave for a snack, it’s most likely that you’re actually dehydrated, not hungry. Make sure that you down a few glasses of water as soon as you wake up, and keep sipping on the beverage throughout the day to keep dehydration at bay.

The simplest way to know if you’re dehydrated or not is by assessing the color of your urine. A darker urine means that your kidneys are working overtime to retain whatever little fluid is there in your body to perform normal bodily functions. Ideally, urine should be colorless. Unless you’re taking multi-vitamins that is!

There are many hacks for drinking the recommended amount of water each day. The important thing is that you reach your intake goals so you avoid dehydration.

Free Apps That Help You Drink More Water

There are millions of apps out there that help us with our everyday tasks. So why not turn to another app in order to ensure you’re drinking as much water as you should daily? Like we stated previously, there are recommended amounts of water for every age and gender, but what’s really important is tailoring your intake to your specific physical activity and diet. These apps do just this.

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1) Waterlogged

This app is super easy to navigate and will make sure to keep you on track with your water intake. Set your goal, get reminders and monitor your consumption daily. You can even graph your consumption by day, week or year, which is pretty cool.

waterlogged phone app

2) Drink Right

This app not only tracks how much you should drink but also when you should consume it. Drink Right takes tracking to another level by letting you know when you should drink more water and when you should hold off. It also stores your drinking records so that you can look back at your intake history.

3) Water Your Body Lite

Whats different about this app is that it sets specific goals based on your weight. After you input your weight, it estimates how many glasses of water you should be drinking each day. Throughout the day you tap the table and a glass of water will pop up with the time in which you drank it. This app monitors your intake, keeps your data, is easily adjustable and visually appealing.

Water Your Body Lite phone app

These apps are sure to help you create the healthy habit of drinking your daily dose. Remember that both the planet, and our bodies, comprise more than 70% water. So drink responsibly!

How do you make sure you’re drinking enough water? Share in the comments below.

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