Hydration made easy with WaterMinder for iOS

One of the big health tips that's been going around for the past few years is to drink more water. A surprising number of us go around in a slightly dehydrated state, which can cause a number of issues. Drinking more water can keep your stomach feeling full and keep you from snacking, help keep your skin more supple, prevent infections and kidney stones, and more. The problem is that it's hard to remember to keep drinking water. That's where WaterMinder for iOS (US$1.99) comes in handy.

After loading and launching the app on your iPhone, you're asked if you wish to link it to the iOS Health app. If you do, it will also ask if you with to share information from and to the Health app. Your age, weight, gender and other information will be automatically entered into WaterMinder, at which point it creates a target goal for you in terms of ounces of water to drink per day.

The guideline is to drink about a half ounce of water per pound of weight, so a 150 pound person will have a guideline of 75 ounces of water per day. The iPhone and iPad universal app provides a diagram of a human male or female that gradually "fills" with blue water as you add more during the day. The app collects your hydration history and can share it with Apple's Health app.

The two main reasons I chose WaterMinder include the fact that I live in a very dry climate where most of us are dehydrated constantly, and the companion Watch app. Yes, in addition to all of the other pings and taps I get during the day from my Watch, it now also tells me to drink water. Fortunately, I can add my water consumption through the Watch with a few taps.

I usually gulp my H2O from a large (14 ounce) glass, and the app has that as one of the default "cup" sizes. It also has presets for 8 ounce glasses and 17 ounce bottles of water. If you have your own favorite way to consume water -- say from a large water bottle that holds 24 ounces -- that can be added as a custom cup and will show up in both the iPhone/iPad and Watch apps.

With the prompting of WaterMinder, I've found it quite easy to stay hydrated and I don't feel quite as dried out as I usually do. It's a must for those who've in drier climes, and an excellent idea for anyone concerned about fitness.