Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99, If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it...

8 May 2013

Baz Luhrmann had some brilliant advice to give in Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen. It is one of my favourite songs from my childhood and I nearly just whacked that video in here and left it at that. Job done. But then I realised he doesn't mention this...

Drink more water.

The amount of people I know who don't drink enough water (or any at all) is astounding. It's super super important. Here's why...

1. Drinking water can help you lose weight by flushing down the by-products of fat breakdown. Oh and it also works as a brilliant appetite suppressant.

2. It can also help reduce water retention as your your body won't try to retain water if it's getting enough.

3. It can be a natural remedy for headaches. A lot of headaches are caused by dehydration and so instead of reaching for the pain killers, try a pint of water instead.

4. Your skin will be ah-mazing if you are flushing it from inside. I promise. You will really notice a difference after just a week of upping your water intake. Your skin will be clearer, more moisturised/hydrated and full of glow!

4. You will notice that your energy levels improve with the more water you drink. Water flushes out the toxins and waste products that can build up throughout the body and cause fatigue.

5. Drinking water can increase your cognitive function.Your brain needs a lot of oxygen in order to function at optimum levels and drinking plenty of water ensures that your brain gets all the oxygen it needs. I am all about expanding brain power!

5. Staying hydrated is one of the best preventatives of UTI's and kidney infections. Drinking water increases the flow of urine, which helps flush the bacteria out the system responsible for the infection. If you are prone to UTI's like I am, you will notice that if you are sufficiently hydrated you will have a better chance of avoiding them.

If you are one of those people who don't like the taste of water (Tash, here's looking at you) or find it hard to drink enough throughout the day then these tips might help:

  •  Flavour the water you drink
Add cucumber (my favourite at the moment), oranges, lemon, lime, strawberries, mint, rosemary...the list is endless!
Chuck something in and you will be surprised at how much more refreshing water can taste. There are tonnes of resources on the web about it but here is a good one (50 Awesome Flavoured Waters) if you get stuck.

  • Carry a bottle of water around with you everywhere
That way if you do get thirsty you will have a way to replenish immediately!

  • Set reminders
If you are particularly forgetful try setting a reminder on your phone to take a break every few hours to have a glass of water. That way you don't have to be thinking about it all the time, easy peasy!

  • Have a glass first thing and last thing 
This will help you regain the moisture lost throughout the night and set you up for the day. If you like having a hot beverage at night before bed, try adding a slice of lemon to some warm water.

  • Eat hydrating fruit & veg
Adding some of the water-filled foods to your diet helps keep those hydration levels topped up.
Lettuce, Cucumber, Celery, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Spinach, Watermelon, Strawberries,  Broccoli, Grapefruit, Peach, Carrots, Pineapple, Raspberries and apples all have a water content higher than 85% !

So, that was my advice...drink more water - even Goblin wants to get involved with the cucmber water -  and then go listen to Baz.


  1. Ha ha, I remember this song!
    Great advice, I am trying to drink more water, I'm intrigued by your cucumber water, I never use fresh fruit to flavour, may have to experiment.

  2. this is something i entirly agree with, girlfriend! i was going to email you and ask you about the water you blogged about the other day, the one with apple cider vineger? im intrigued, i wanna know more of this concoction :)

  3. You got me here. I am the worst water drinker in. the. world. I just about manage a pint after I wake up, but then I forget, or more realistically just don't want to have any more during the rest of the day. Even when I sit there thinking 'I feel so dehydrated' (which is quite often) I just can't force the water down. However I looove sparkling water so I should probably try and keep a few bottles in the fridge. I'm going to have so many wrinkles when I'm older :/ And I totally agree on the sun lotion note, it's sooo important!

  4. You have just made me feel very unhealthy. It is nothing I don't already know but you're so right. And, as with the other comment on here, maybe sparkling water is the way to set me off on the right path.

  5. AHH! I decided to follow Shay's advice and check out her friends, and I'm sold already. I'm like a water salesman I love it so much. And how many times has my husband heard almost all those same reasons to drink it?? Yes, yes, yes.

  6. I am a big cucumber water fan. Was sceptical to begin with but it's awesome. Will have to check out some of your other suggestions.

    Life of an Agnostic Sunday School Teacher

  7. love this! I am a big fan of water, but I always love reading about the benefits.

  8. YES! I drink a ton of water everyday. I don't know how everyone else doesn't get thirsty! I know people who can barely drink one glass of water a day, and that freaks me out. I think I would shrivel up and die if I only drank one glass. James hates drinking water, and it's so frustrating. I'm working on it with him.

  9. Baz. Oh how I love that song. And that man.

    Drinking water as we speak!

  10. 'm one of those guilty people who doesn't drink enough water. I need to be better at that!

    Jennie xo |

  11. Great advice!
    I was terrible with my water intake when I was in college but now it's all I drink and shockingly I've had far less headaches :D

    Thanks for the link! I've never actually tried flavoured water so this should be a fun experience!

  12. That pic of Goblin is cracking me up. Love it!
    And I totally agree with you - water is soooo important. Amazing that a lot of people are not aware of that.

  13. I love that song too, I often find myself listening to it on YouTube. It's a really good resource for work too! I am trying to up my water drinking, I get my 2 litres a day as I take a 2L bottle to work with me and make sure it's all gone by hometime. At the weekends I fail miserably though! x


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