I’m really bad at drinking water. I’m rarely thirsty, and it’s not uncommon for me to have a daily H2O intake of one half full glass. I’d really like to get rid of this bad habit, which is really harmful for my health, and drink more on a daily basis. To manage that once and for all, I decided to try several smartphone apps that help us visualise our water intake and send notifications to remind us to drink throughout the day.
I apologize for the biology lesson that will follow, but I want to specify some facts that are often unknown or wrong.
The human body is composed of 70% water. Needless to say, this is a vital element for us. I’m sorry to be the one to bring the bad news : it doesn’t work with beer…
An adult can hold three days at most without drinking before he’ll die (this was the funny fact of the day, thanks).
According to your weight, height and age, your daily needs vary, but an adult must drink between 1,5 and 3L of water everyday. I admit it, this is not easy, especially if you work in an environment where you can’t have a bottle of water at your disposal, or if you can’t go to the bathroom whenever you want (let’s be realistic).
But there are so many benefits… I will mention a few : healthier kidneys, prettier skin and hair, less dark circles and blemishes, more energy, a better digestion and less bloating, a feeling of satiety (which means less snacking, wich means potential weight loss)…
You can also notice a loss of volume : if you are prone to water retention, know that this is due to a lack of water. I know, this is a bit paradoxal, but if the body doesn’t receive enough water, it will preciously keep it in your tissues to avoid wasting it. Drinking two liters a day will help you get rid of this unpleasant problem – I know what I’m talking about – and even reduce your cellulite, if it is aqueous.
The only drawback… you are going to visit your bathroom a lot more. But it’s worth it, right ?
An other point that I’d like to outline before we get to the topic, which especially concerns tea and coffee lovers : these drinks don’t count in your daily intake, they even have the opposite effect. These drinks are diuretics, which means your body will eliminate more water than what your mug contained. Therefore, they are “dehydrating”. A simple test you can do : drink half a liter of water in the morning, and count the times you go to the bathroom. Repeat the operation during the afternoon, but this time, drink half a liter of tea… You might be surprise !
Enough talking, let’s get to these famouse apps ! I tried three different ones and I give you my opinion.
This one’s my favourite. After the download, you have to fill a detailed profile in which you have to put your weight, height, age, but also at what hour you wake up or go to bed, and your level of activity. Thanks to these informations, the app can be really precise regarding your daily needs.
To follow your consumption, a silhouette fills up with water every time you drink. I love the fact that it’s visual ! And the big asset, according to me : you can specify the type of liquid you just drank : water, soda, tea, alcohol, or even milk. By the way, you will notice that the level of water in the silhouette decreases if you add a cup of tea or a beer to your journal…
One drawback, though : it’s impossible to delete a drink if you add it by mistake.
Like the two following apps, it has a notification system (that you can disable) to remind you to drink water throughout the day.
2. WATER YOUR BODY
Same principle, you have to complete a small profile – less precise than Waterbalance – so that the app can calculate the quantity of water you need. The design is a bit less striking : a simple progress bar. Less fun, but clear and explicit enough. The negative point it that you can’t add other drinks than water. It’s more difficult to estimate your real consumption…
One asset : if you don’t know the capacity of your glass, the app has small drawings near the quantities to help you.
This app is great too, despite the really bad french translation. As with Water Your Body, it’s impossible to add an other liquid than water. In this app, you choose your glass (for example, a 250mL glass) and tap the “drink” logo each time you drink it. You will see the level of water rising in the round gauge.
One asset : you can access a graph that shows your weekly consumption, with a colour code that goes from “too little” to “fine”.
If you use a different app, don’t hesitate to mention it in the comments below !