We need water to live. Everyone knows this. But how many of us take it seriously? I certainly didn’t. And I only began to take it seriously when I was told I had to by my doctor. Even then, it took me quite a while to find a groove.
As I’ve found, some lessons you have to learn the hard way. This was one I had to learn on my own, but I hope this post encourages you to start properly hydrating today. You’ll love the difference it makes.
So, why is hydration so important?
Water helps the body to eliminate toxic substances (for me, it’s critical in detoxing chemo from my body), maintain healthy skin, hair, and organs, absorb vitamins and minerals, regulate body temperature, stimulate metabolism, and so much more.
I used to feel like I had a pretty good grip on hydration. I’d do my best to drink a few glasses of water a day and called it good. Then not too long ago, I heard this from someone and it was the last straw that really kicked me into gear:
“If you get thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.” (Quoted here).
Yikes. This was a pretty common occurrence in my life. As I began to learn more about the importance of hydration, what I found was that “doing my best” wasn’t cutting it. My body needed more water. (More on the best amount of water for you.)
Knowing what I know now, I consider drinking the proper amount of water each day to be the most important thing I can do for my health.
For me, that means drinking a minimum of 70 ounces of water per day (doctor recommended).
And some days that is really hard.
So, I thought I’d share a few tricks and routines that have helped me to properly hydrate each day:
1. I always have my water bottle with me wherever I go. Easy and effective.
2. I use Young Living Essential Oils to add flavor to my water in the morning. My favorites include lemon and orange. You can also use fresh fruit to flavor your water. I just prefer the ease of using essential oils in a metal or glass water bottle.
3. For the most part, I just drink water. I do enjoy a bit of coffee in the morning and occasionally have sun tea. Aside from that, I solely stick to water these days. It wasn’t easy at first, but I slowly got used to it.
If you are extra hydration crazed, for each beverage you consume that isn’t water (such as coffee, tea, wine, or a cocktail), drink that many additional ounces of water that day. So, if I have 8 ounces of coffee in the morning, that means I strive to increase my water intake for the day to 78 ounces of water. Why? Caffeinated drinks and alcohol actually dehydrate your body so refueling with additional water can keep you on track.
4. Give yourself mini “goals” throughout the day. For example, I try to drink three full water bottles – approximately 60 ounces of water – before I am home from work. I’m a pretty competitive person, so this works well for me.
5. Simplify how you consume water to ensure you get enough each day. For example, to hit my daily goal, I need to fill up the water bottle I carry around and consume four bottles a day to hit my 70 ounces. Keeping track of how many bottles I’ve had instead of counting ounces simplifies my water consumption by helping me to avoid the guesswork.
6. You are bound to wake up extra thirsty in the morning. Keep water by your bedside so you can start hydrating right away. It is amazing how much better my body feels – especially my achy leg – when I drink a glass of water right when I wake up.
What hydration tips and tricks would you add to the list?
If you aren’t properly hydrating – at least on most days – I challenge you to drink half of your body weight in ounces for seven straight days. Let me know how you feel. I’ve certainly noticed a difference.