Water is the basis of all life. Most experts will agree that our bodies are at least 60% water. For those trying to live healthier and watch our weight–water consumption becomes a big deal.
Among other things water helps maintain balance in our body fluids and organs. It helps energize muscle and even the brain. Water serves to keep our body clean of toxins. And water can help us look pretty or handsome.
Yet many of us–myself included until I realized what I was doing to myself–don’t drink enough water!
In my search to discover what was the “right” amount of water to drink…I found many different opinions. Here are some of the most popular guidelines I found–
- Drink 64 oz of water a day. The old tried and true 8-8oz glasses of water per person.
- Each person should drink their body weight in ounces divided by 2.
Yeah, I thought the same thing–math! Why does everything need math? Ok so I looked for an example so I could understand it. If a woman weighs 130 lbs, divided by two means she should drink 65 oz of water per day. If a man weighs 210 lbs, then he would need to drink 105 oz of water a day.
Makes sense that a larger container (a bigger person) would need more water to maintain a healthy ratio in the body.
I then thought–is that even possible? I already drink a lot of water throughout the day–I am sure I am getting more than enough.
I set off to experiment. I counted the number of ounces of water I drink a day, and was surprised to find that I was only drinking 30 to 34 oz of water a day! By medical standards I was dehydrated!
This was serious! So I started measuring and counting my ounces each day and setting my goal at 64 oz, and it took me 3 weeks to get used to drinking that much water!
Now it is coming as second nature. And I got an added bonus! I love added bonuses!!!!
I lost 4 pounds! I wasn’t even trying–I was just concentrating on drinking water! Seems like just drinking the right amount of water was balancing out my system a little bit–most likely washing out the salt that makes us retain water that should be helping the body eliminate toxins!
I am so excited about this discovery! And I want to share with you some tips on how to increase your water intake!
Tip#1 Drink one to two glasses of water when you get up in the morning! Your body has been resting for 6-8 hours and is thirsty.
Tip#2 Use a pitcher to measure and keep track of the water you are drinking for the day. When the pitcher is empty–you have reached your goal.
Tip#3 Drink water before each meal and sip water throughout the day, especially if you are doing anything physical like exercising, gardening, cleaning the house, etc.
Tip#4 Try a water tracker app on your phone! They are fun!
Tip#5 Add a slice of lemon or lime to the water for a citrusy flavor.
Now I know, like I know that you are going to have some reservations. So let me put your mind at ease.
Does coffee, juice, and soda pop count as water, after all they are liquid? No they don’t–because they contain caffeine, sugar and other chemicals that dehydrate the body.
How about alcohol? While a Margarita sounds absolutely delicious–it also dehydrates.
Can I drink too much water and hurt my body? No. Most of us have a hard time drinking enough water throughout the day without having to worry about drowning by water bottle.
What if I am in the bathroom all day? That does happen–for the first 2 or 3 days, after that the body seemed to just feel good in its new wet floaty environment.
So drink more water folks–it’s good for you, it makes you feel good, it makes you look good and you might find a few free bonuses along the way!
What have been your challenges in staying hydrated? Comment below and have a great hydrated day!