updated after identifying a major calculation mistake 🙂
I know you’ve heard it a billion times: water is important. But it really is. Our bodies thrive on water. Up to 60% of our body is made up of water.
Water is a magical element. It aids in digestion, flushes out toxins, transports nutrients, regulates our body temperature, and creates saliva.
Do you know if you’re dehydrated? You may be and not even realize it. I’m sure you’ve experienced the dire need to drink water (hello hangover), but what about throughout your normal day? When our body’s nourished properly we feel better. I know when I’m hydrated I think more clearly, my skin looks brighter, I feel fuller longer, and I feel refreshed and lighter.
As a rule of thumb, we should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces per day. I weigh about 130 pounds, cut that in half thats 65 pounds, so I should be drinking 65 ounces per day. Now I know that seems like a lot, but it’s super doable.
I also know a lot of people don’t like water – it’s bland, kind of lifeless, and they’d rather have something that tastes delish. But there are so many ways you can consume more more throughout your day.
Here are some tips to increase water consumption throughout the day:
Add something to it – make it tasty
Water doesn’t have to be bland and tasteless. It can be refreshing and flavorful, even crave-a-ful (am I making up words?). Try some of these alone or together (like spa water). And bonus, they provide their own source of beneficial nutrients:
Note – be mindful of water-sweeteners like Crystal Light; they’re often filled with hidden additives and sugars.
Make it a game for yourself, a personal goal you have to achieve. Track the number of glasses each day and keep a tally until you reach your goal. Set a goal that you have to drink 4 glasses by lunchtime, and an other 4 by dinner. You could set an hourly reminder in your phone to notify you. There’s also some apps and special bottles out there that can do this for you to. Check out this one that a friend of mine recommended:
Hidrate Spark – this connects to an App that notifies you when to drink more water
Eat more water-densed foods
Foods high in water contribute to your body’s daily water intake. Think how refreshing and nourishing some of these foods taste and feel when eaten. Consider adding them to your meals.
Motivate yourself with a cute water bottle
I know this could seem silly, but I find that I feel more empowered when I’m using tools that I enjoy, like a cute water bottle. It’s like an accessory, and an extension of who I am for the day. Invest in one that is BPA-free, ideally glass or stainless steel. Try to avoid plastic as much as possible as it can lead to toxic build up in your body.
What do you do to drink or consumer more water? Comment below and let me know!