Drinking enough water to remain hydrated is something every doctor and fitness source will tell you is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Many of the bodily processes require water to do their job well and dehydration has some nasty side effects. Drinking enough water will stop the body from holding onto so much water weight and you could actually lose weight by getting on track. Yet, even with all these important facts, it is so incredibly hard to get enough in my regular day, or it wasn’t enough of a priority to allow it to happen. There has been one other time I made a significant effort to drink enough water and what I learned was that when hydrated, I make frequent trips to the bathroom. So this becomes another deterrent for making the leap personally.
But if I’m really going to get healthy and turn this thing around, this has to be the first step
Women should drink about 88 ounces while men should get 128 ounces a day according to Jillian Michaels. She also mentions the need to drink an additional 12 ounces of water for every 30 minutes of exercise a day.
Also, caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee, and soda can actually dehydrate you, so I plan to reduce the consumption of these if I can.Herbal teas are great because you can get some additional nutrients through them, but water is best. Another interesting thing is lemon water, which aids in digestion, can liven up water if it becomes boring.
So my daily plan to get enough water in, but not too much so I can’t make it all the way home from my commute without stopping for a bathroom break, is as follows:
16 ounces of hot water with lemon to sip on my morning commute
23 ounces at my desk before lunch
23 ounces for lunch and after
So this is about 94 ounces, and it’s over the average recommendation. I will increase this when I start my regular fitness plan.
I should also mention that the key way I like to currently drink my water is trough Starbucks tumblers, hence the very specific ounces listed above. I have a larger 23 ounce clear tumbler that lives on my desk and I can bring to meetings and a smaller 16 ounce one at home that I use with dinner and when generally hanging out at home. I find using these cups and specifically their straws helps me drink a lot more water, much more quickly! The only con with the straws is that you could also be sucking a lot of air into your digestive system by constantly using them, but this is not a real problem for me right now. Nalgene bottles are another great way to track your ounces as they are listed on the side of the bottle and you can take it wherever you go.
I’m not big on flavored water other than the lemon so I can’t comment on that but I think it can be a good option for others! Think cucumber mint water or those flavored MiO squeeze bottles in grocery stores.
My expectations: I think getting enough water will improve the quality of my skin, reduce headaches (no dehydration), stop me from overeating as I will be quite full from water all day, and hopefully some other wonderful things.
I’ll update after a few weeks to comment on any other improvements or issues.