How much water should we drink to stay hydrated?
How much water should we drink in order to stay hydrated is variable from person to person. So, if you have been sweating a lot because of work, exercise or a warm climate then you are going to be needing to drink more than on those days when you have been relaxing in an ambient temperature. Equally, if you have been urinating a lot or have had more frequent bowel movements than usual then you may need to be drinking some more in order to replace the lost fluids.
For the average person Ayurveda recommends how much water we should be drinking at between 6 and 8 cups of water or herbal tea per day.
Ayurveda recommends that this is either warm or hot. This is because it is more readily absorbed into the cells at this temperature and hydrates quicker. In addition hot water stimulates the digestive system and promotes better agni (digestive fire).
Hot water flasks
Often I recommend the use of hot water flasks. These are great as they sit there as a reminder to consume the liquid throughout the day. They also act as a measure, so that you know at the end of the day exactly what you have drunk. Not only that by carrying one around with you all day, especially if you are travelling, you can get them refilled at drinks stations, avoiding the use of disposable cups.
Don’t like water?
If you dislike the taste of plain water you can of course flavour it instead. Add a slice of lemon, or orange, or cucumber in the summer months. In the winter and spring you can add a single star anise which imparts a wonderful aniseed flavour to it. Alternatively, mint is a staple favourite of many. Mint has the added advantage of acting as a carminative on the digestive system.
Another option is to utilise tea bags or make your own tea blend using empty reusable cloth teabags or unbleached paper bags.