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Hydration. It’s important, there is no denying that. Our body depends on water to survive – every single cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function.

Then of course there are the BENEFITS that come with being well hydrated – healthier skin, healthier joints (yes, being well hydrated CAN reduce pain by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated), mental alertness and on top of all that there is the reduction of fatigue, which let’s face it, we ALL need.

But staying hydrated isn’t as easy as it sounds – life is just too busy for that sometimes, us mums need to be 100 things all at once. We need to be a doctor, chef, negotiator, cleaner, taxi driver, bank, technology expert, toy mechanic, organizational expert, social planner and much, much more PLUS we need to do it with a smile on our face and for absolutely no pay (OK, maybe we can accept hugs and kisses as payment).

Who has time to drink the required amount of fluids each day? I can’t even remember the last time I made MYSELF lunch, rather than just eating the kids leftovers. …

HOW could I make sure I was properly hydrated?

Who do you call? Not ghostbusters, I needed an expert in things other than ghosts! I had a chat to the team at Zip and here are their top 5 ways to help you stay well hydrated:

  1. Change it up – do you reluctantly chug down water? Why not make it interesting! Add cucumber, strawberries, blueberries, lemons, mint or whatever takes your fancy – a little pop of flavour makes your taste buds dance, and all that dancing means you’ll want MORE!
  2. Accessorise – grab yourself a gorgeous water bottle or two. There are SO many cute ones out there, make it colourful so it’s eye catching. The more it catches your eye, the more you’ll remember to take a sip!
  3. Keep it on tap – I mean this literally! Who doesn’t want crystal-clear drinking water from their tap? Take a look at the Zip HydroTap – it’s a necessity for any busy household who want to keep on top of their hydration. As the name suggests, its hydration at it’s finest, on tap – boiling, chilled and sparkling, any which way you want it, immediately.
  4. Visualise it – keep a water bottle in full view EVERYWHERE. Your handbag (see point 2 for doing this in style!), on your desk, in the kitchen, beside your bed, in the car and anywhere you find yourself regularly in the house or at work.
  5. Get organized – set reminders in your phone hourly, cut up fruit and herbs to put in your water and leave them in the fridge, fill up water bottles every night so they’re ready to go first thing. You will find you’ll automatically start drinking more if you have everything set up.

All of these little changes will help keep you and your family hydrated!

You can SEE the difference between being hydrated and dehydrated in this short video which shows two mums trying to control a 4 year olds birthday party…. could you survive?

Do you have any tips to add to this list? SHARE with us in the comments below.

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  • So important to stay hydrated, thanks.

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  • I try and have a drink of water every time I go into the kitchen. Definitely helps me.

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  • I enjoy just plain water. But fir a twist, at breakfast time, I have a slice of lemon and chunk of garlic in hot water. Good liver detox and metabolism kick starter

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  • I love COLD water! Ended up buying a fridge with the filtered water and ice dispenser. Drink SO much more than I ever used to.

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  • Very interesting! Thank you for sharing this article!

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  • fluid is a must

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  • yes it is also really important for the kids in summer

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  • A great reminder thank you.

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  • What great advice! I am definitely going to buy myself some cute water bottles!

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  • I am in much need of increasing my water intake daily. Thanks for this article

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  • We keep bottled water in the car so the kids can always have a drink before going shopping or after playing at the park. Putting on seat belts now seem to signal the chorus of requests for their drink bottle before we move to the next stop. (And I always wash and refill them as soon as we’re home ready for the next outing).

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  • I’m mindful of trying to get my water intake up during the day, as I’m a coffee drinker.

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  • I really need to start drinking more water

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  • Thanks for the helpful tips.

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  • yes make it fun! really watered down cordial is good for kids too

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