How much water have you had today?
I grew up in a family where, no matter what ailment you had, the cure was to drink more water. It’s a reality that caused me to be a BIG water drinker, even into adulthood. I am almost never found without my huge water bottle full of H2O so I’m never left thirsty. (It’s also nice because I can actually keep track of how much water I have consumed during the day.) Another perk is that I’m lazy; sometimes, even if I’m REALLY thirsty, I’ll let myself parch vs. having to get up and find a source of water.
I’m often horrified to learn about how much water people don’t drink. They’ll mention a headache or feeling, “off” and when I ask how much water they’ve drunk that day, they will usually say none! Seriously, how do we expect our bodies to function properly if we are only feeding it sugary, carbonated liquids?!
Staying hydrated helps you feel better, it makes your body feel better, and it can help keep you well. And that’s only the beginning. There are entire pages of health benefits that draw from staying hydrated.
As a rule of thumb, I drink AT LEAST 80 ounces a day. The recommended amount is half your weight in ounces, so I’m taking in more than I technically need to. But I am just that thirsty. In my days of pregnancy and breastfeeding, that number nearly doubled. (Y’all it was like there wasn’t enough water in existence.) That’s also when hubs gifted me with my favorite water bottle to-date. (Purple, big, but not too wide it can’t fit in cup holders, and a built-in straw. — for anyone wondering it’s a Contigo 40-oz.)
Having a cup or bottle you like drinking from is half the battle. It’s also a good idea to keep track of how many times you fill-up. Once you start drinking more water, your body will also crave it. You’ll be thirstier more often, and therefore, reminded to drink. It’s the circle of a hydrated life.
One of the biggest downsides folks list about drinking more water is having to use the restroom more often. This will likely be a secondary effect. But it’s temporary. Once your body flushes and becomes used to more intake, you should regulate and start using the restroom less frequently.
How much water do you plan to drink each day?