For years, celebrities have attributed their glowing skin to drinking large amounts of water — but a recent survey suggested 40 percent of us have no idea how much water we should really be consuming.
The answer, according to Dr. Mayoni Gooneratne, founder of preventive medicine specialists Human Health by The Clinic, is one and a half to two liters a day; ideally pure water rather than sugary drinks and juices.
But that’s a lot and requires motivation. “The most effective method is to have a physical bottle on your desk so you look at it and think, ‘I didn’t drink enough water,'” says Dr. Gooneratne.
Here, FEMAIL puts some of the latest hydration gadgets designed to help you put one and a half to two liters of water a day to the test. Pictured: Air Up starter kit with two pods
Or you can cheat by trying one of the new products designed to help you — from smart water bottles to buzzing sweatbands to high-tech solutions. We’ve put some of the latest hydration gadgets to the test. . .
DO IT’S COFFEE
Air Up two pod starter kit, £29.95, air-up.com. (The two pods taste ten liters)
This technology takes advantage of the fact that 80 percent of what we think of as taste actually comes through our noses; trick your brain into thinking you’re drinking something more exciting than water.
The starter set includes a bottle and two naturally flavored pods that connect to the mouthpiece and release a tantalizing scent into your nose as you drink. Flavors include apple, tangerine, iced coffee and cola. It’s just water, but that’s not what your brain thinks.
VERDICT: The flavor options taste (I mean smell) amazing, which makes me reach for this bottle more often. The downside (other than the cost of the pods – £5.95 for three) is the straw. It tastes rubbery. 4/5
KEEP IT SWEET
Jelly drops, single tray, £7.95, jellydrops.com
Jennifer Barton said you have to chew a lot of Jelly drops (pictured) to reach the recommended daily amount
The brainchild of Lewis Hornby, who invented it as a way for his grandmother Pat, who was demented, to increase her water intake. The sugar-free candies come in six fruit flavors and are made up of 95 percent water. Each tray of 24 candies, approved by the Alzheimer’s Society, contains 300 ml of water.
VERDICT: They look attractive and chewing a large candy is more fun than drinking a glass of water. But you have to chew a lot to reach the recommended daily amount. 3/5
SYNC WITH SUNSHINE
Equa smart water bottle, £74, amara.com
Jennifer said Equa smart water bottle (pictured) looks better than most of her handbags – but charging is a pain
The bottle glows to remind you to drink. It also syncs with an app that determines your ideal intake taking into account the weather etc.
VERDICT: Stainless steel 680ml capacity, this looks better than most of my handbags, but charging is a pain. Save £30 and get the same design without smart features. 3.5/5
Waterdrop, Shiro Microdrink, £8.90 for 12, en.waterdrop.com
Jennifer said Waterdrop, Shiro Microdrink (pictured) is delicious but can become an expensive habit gewoonte
These fruit and herbal infusions come in small cubes to dissolve in 400-600 ml of water.
VERDICT: These are so delicious that they can become an expensive habit. 4/5
TIME FOR LIME
Infused reusable smart infuser bottle, £24.99, stay-drenched.co.uk
Jennifer said an infused reusable smart infuser bottle (pictured) adds spice to her drinks
This eco-friendly atomizer bottle contains 450 ml of water. Place your favorite fruit in the pod, attach the lid, shake well and remove the brew group.
Jennifer said she enjoyed Super8 Sweatband and Hydration Reminder and Bottle (pictured)
VERDICT: I am now a brew group to brew. I’ve tried it with everything from lime to cucumber and love the added zest it gives my drinks 5/5
GAME FOR CHILDREN
Super8 Sweatband and Hydration Reminder and Bottle, £17.95, super8 hydration.co.uk
Turns drinking water into a game with a sweatband with a zipped compartment containing a battery. The battery vibrates every hour and 45 minutes and encourages children to drink.
VERDICT: I tried an adult wristband and liked wearing it. My little one loved showing off her version at school. 4/5
GLOW FOR IT
HidrateSpark Steel, Insulated Stainless Steel Bluetooth Smart Water Bottle & Free Hydration Tracker App, £69.99 for 600ml, Bottle. hidratespark.uk
Jennifer said HidrateSpark Steel, insulated stainless steel Bluetooth smart water bottle and free hydration tracker app (pictured) is very money well spent
It keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and syncs with an app that calculates your daily water needs. A neon light glows as a reminder to drink more if you’re not on the right track.
VERDICT: This is expensive, but it is money well spent: no leaks, fresh, cold water and it is easy to drink from. 4/5