Use stainless steel drink bottles for autumn hydration
It's easy to remember to drink plenty of water in the hot summer months when your body craves the clear stuff to stave off dehydration, but as the weather gets cooler you might find yourself drinking less often.
Although you may not feel as if you need as much water, it's equally as important to keep hydrated in autumn. You still need your one and a half to two litres per day depending on your age, even if you don't feel thirsty!
Here are some tips on staying hydrated during autumn:
Remember to carry stainless steel drink bottles
The walk to the water fountain in the schoolyard or workplace is much less attractive than reaching into your bag to grab your drink that's all ready to go. Make an effort to fill your stainless steel bottle in the morning and you'll be thankful for it later.
You're far more likely to sip throughout the day if water is convenient, meaning you'll stay on top of your hydration needs. Plus, this eco friendly approach has absolutely no adverse effect on the environment, unlike plastic bottles do!
Change it up
If you hate the taste of water itself, try tempting yourself to drink it by making the flavour more appealing. Add fresh fruit or design pretty ice cubes with non-toxic flowers and fruity pieces to add to your drink.
This is a great idea for kids who find drinking water 'boring'. Invest in some reusable straws in crazy, twirling designs that kids will get excited about using. Just remember to avoid packets of disposable straws!
Try an alternative
If you're really struggling to keep up with your daily water requirement, it is possible to source fluids elsewhere. Tea such as green tea or raspberry flavoured tea are basically flavoured water and can even have health benefits such as antioxidants, so they're a fantastic alternative. Plus, they're nice and hot – perfect for warming up in cooler weather!
According to the Dieticians Association of Australia, the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends milk for part of your fluid intake, as it's around 90 per cent water and is packed with calcium and protein. Try a low-fat, non-flavoured variety.