How much water should I drink?
The answer, of course, is a different amount for every person. A great formula to use is based upon your own body weight. Basically you take your body weight and divide it in half, convert pounds to ounces and that's it! Easy right? Heres an example...
I weigh in at 200 lbs so we'll divide that in half...
200 ÷ 100 = 100
Next we just convert pounds to ounces and then we are done!
100 lbs = 100 ounces
So with a minimum of 100 ounces of water to drink daily you can see why this might be a little challenging for some of us.
The size of a common bottle of water most of us buy at the store is 16.9 oz. Lets just say 17 oz per bottle for maths sake.
100 ÷ 17 = 5.88 bottles
That's it! Not bad right? Now if you do a workout or its a hot and humid day you will need to increase this number, but 6 bottles or so is a pretty easy task I'd say.
Quick tips for working in more water
The best way to make sure you hit your goal is to start the day off strong. After a good nights rest your body is ready for some fresh H2O and a big fresh glass to start your morning is perfect. Our body works very hard while we sleep, healing, digesting, and getting ready for a new day. All these functions use water so we need to replenish that supply right away.
Ever wake up with a slight headache or feel a little extra stiff? That could be a sign of dehydration.
Gotta have that coffee first thing in the morning to shake off the rust? Drink water first. Our brains are over 80% water and need a good supply to work properly. Try the water first, coffee second method for a couple of days and see if you notice a difference.
I work out!
Experts say drinking water before a workout or activity is also beneficial to your joints and muscles to work properly and avoid injury. Drinking water before helps to prevent cramps and get some needed fluids to all of your parts before they get worked. But don't forget to drink during and after exercise to replenish what your losing with all that sweat!
Keep it handy
When you leave your house what do you grab?
Wallet or purse...
Bottle of Water??
If you grab one at least you'll have one. If I know tomorrows going will be a scorcher, I'll throw a couple of bottles in the freezer for my lunch bag. Or just have a mini cooler always in your car if you're always on the go. To save even more money you can use the refillable, machine washable bottles they sell everywhere now. Some people prefer these over disposable to stay on the green side of things.
Trying to lose weight? Researchers say that by drinking water before meals actually causes you to eat less. Kind of like tricking your stomach into thinking its full. This trick really does work, and it definitely helps with digestion of the meal you're about to eat.
Mid afternoon snack? This is when most of us are feeling a little run down and start looking for a pick me up snack. This is the time for trail mix(brain food) for me, and WATER. When we think that we are feeling a little hungry, it could be that our body needs more water.
Ready for some shots this weekend? How bout some wine the dinner? Drinking too much alcohol can really dehydrate your body. Ever see someone look like a zombie for a few days after a drinking bender? That's because they didn't drink enough water before and after the assault on their liver. Too much alcohol for some people may cause severe liver problems and alcohol poisoning if not careful.
Drink Drink Drink
So drink as much as you can and follow these quick tips, you'll feel better i promise.We all need more of it, it's everywhere, and it tastes delicious with lemon and ice. Enjoy!