I know, nobody wants to hear the nagging question, “are you drinking enough water?”…. but, are you? I could go a day without drinking ANY water. No good – it leaves me bloated, my digestion all wrong, and my skin dry. Can you relate?
Most of us are living our lives in a state of mild dehydration. Our bodies are made up of roughly 60% water, so its no wonder that we experience brain fog, fatigue, headaches and more… all because our body simply isn’t getting what it needs to properly perform! Luckily you see the results pretty immediately once you start hydrating properly.
How much? Everyone has heard the rule of 8 glasses of water per day. While that is a great starting point, there are so many factors that play into how much YOU personally will require. The general rule of how many ounces per day you should consume is half your body weight in pounds. So for the sake of easy math, a 100 lb person would need 50 oz of water, as a starting point. Your intake will need to increase from this starting point when taking into consideration physical activity, heat, and diet. As much as I would love coffee or wine to contribute to my daily water goals… they don’t, they require you increase your water intake.
Here is the why:
- Staying hydrated = good digestion. In other words, it’ll help you poop. This is a great indicator of your overall health and what is going on in your body.
- Detox better. Water helps to flush all of the toxins and nasties out of your liver and kidneys, so when you’re drinking less than enough, you get a lot of toxic build up in your body.
- Boost your metabolism. Drinking cold water starts thermogenesis, which means you’re burning more calories.
- Up your energy (sans caffeine). This is the first thing I start to notice when I am keeping hydrated! When you’re dehydrated, you won’t efficiently carry nutrients and oxygen throughout your bloodstream to your bodies tissues. This also applies to your brain. So, not enough water leaves you feeling gross and fatigued. This will also be how headaches caused by dehydration occur.
- Hydrated + clear skin. In the same way that I said water helps to remove toxic build up in the body, this will help with your skin. Better hydration = less breakouts, because those toxins aren’t getting stuck beneath the surface of your skin when they’re being flushed out. I have dry skin, and staying hydrated makes the biggest difference.
- Ditch the bloat. When you’re dehydrated, your body wants to hold onto every drop of water that it can.. often leaving you bloated. Alternatively, when you’re well hydrated consistently, your body doesn’t feel the need to hold onto water since it is getting what it needs. Constipation is also a huge trigger for bloating, and as previously discussed staying hydrated helps to fight that as well.
Its just an overall win-win-win situation when you’re giving your body the water it needs, but why is it so hard? Here are a few of my tried and true ways I make sure I actually get the water I need.
- Keep a bottle bedside to drink first thing in the morning. You know how your day kind of plays out how your morning started? For me this is accurate in a lot of things, but if I don’t have my morning 24-32 oz before I start the day I find there is no hope for the rest of it. Do this before coffee, breakfast, anything. This is a fool proof, set yourself up for success kind of action.
- Carry a bottle literally everywhere. Around the house, room to room. Around the office. On your walk. If you have it readily available, you’ll drink it. If its not an option…out of sight, out of mind.
- Get a cute bottle. I have a coffee mug and water bottle obsession. We have no more space to add any to our cupboards, so sadly I think I need to hold back on this one. It is a slight issue. However, having a pretty bottle seems to be a good motivator to get in my water. I absolutely love Swell bottles for all their pretty designs, as well as Hydro Flask or Klean Canteen.
- Flavour it. But not with those nasty flavour drops that are filled with artificial colours, flavours, and sweeteners. Use fresh lemon which makes it go down a little easier while also supporting liver detoxification. Alternatively, you can use essential oils. That being said, not all essential oils are created equal. It is so important here to only use a brand you trust, for me that is doTERRA, as essential oils are not regulated and most are filled with synthetics and fragrances. doTERRA’s oils are 100% pure, third party tested, and some are safe for ingesting (watch for that indication on the label). I love lemon, tangerine, lime, grapefruit or wild orange. You only need a drop, because they are so potent. These oils all have high limonene content which also aids in detoxifying your body.
Those are some of my favourite reasons for staying hydrated, and tips on how to actually make it happen. Just like anything, staying hydrated becomes a habit as you incorporate it into your life, and you’re better for it. What helps you get your water in?