Drink more water…that is easier said than done for people like me. One of my goals for this year is to drink more water. Now here we are knocking on the back door of December and I have failed miserably on my water intake. Sooo… I’m here to scare myself straight (in my Prison Mike voice). “I’m here to scare you straightttt!” By learning real reasons behind drinking water I thought it would actually help push me to complete my goal by the end of the year. In doing so I hope to motivate fellow non-water drinkers.
If you are an avid water drinker…excuse me while I slow clap. 😂 Maybe you’ll learn some new benefits that you didn’t really think about before or you can share this article with someone who needs it.
What is dehydration?
Dehydration is when the body doesn’t contain enough water necessary to function properly. This can cause many issues such as the feeling of being tired, headaches, and more serious conditions if there are prolonged periods of dehydration. The amount of water needed for functionality depends on an individual’s lifestyle and body type. I’ve always heard drinking half your body weight in ounces was recommended. However, I’ve recently noticed the recommendation is up for debate.
Two simple signs to know your body needs more water is the feeling of being “thirsty” and when using the restroom your urine is dark in color. We pretty much all know that right?!
Between running to the bathroom every 5 seconds and being dehydrated…there has to be a happy medium. I usually start with drinking my body weight in ounces then adjust it depending on my activity level, amount of time spent in hot temperatures, etc. This tends to work really well for me (when I’m on track).
Benefits of water
I read a wonderful article that lists the benefits of drinking water. You can take a look at it here but I will list some of the key points that were most interesting to me.
First of all, water is essential to our bodies. Our organs and cells need water to maintain vital fluid balance. This assists with body temperature regulation, nutrient transport, lubricating joints, saliva creation, and food digestion.
- Our blood is over 90 percent water, which carries oxygen throughout our body. A lack of water can cause blood to become thicker which increases blood pressure.
- Water cushions the brain, spinal cord, and other sensitive tissues. Not enough water can affect brain functionality and structure. Prolonged periods of dehydration can lead to problems with thinking and reasoning because of its involvement in the production of hormones and neurotransmitters.
- Kidneys regulate fluid in the body. Dehydration can lead to kidney stones and other problems. (I’ve had kidney stones before and it was horrible.)
- Hydration assists the joints’ shock-absorbing ability which helps reduce joint pain.
- Dehydration can lead to digestive issues like constipation or an overly acidic stomach. This increases the risk of heartburn and stomach ulcers.
- Airways are restricted by the body in an effort to minimize water loss, when dehydrated. This can make asthma and allergies worse.
- Water helps prevent skin disorders and premature wrinkling. (no one wants wrinkles sooner than necessary)
- Drinking water before meals can help create a sense of fullness and prevent overeating.
5 simple ways to drink more water
1. Purchase a fun water bottle.
Buying a fun water bottle may seem super simple but I’m more likely to remember and pay attention to my water bottle if it is fun to look at. Amazon has tons of cool ones online. I’ve even seen some that light up and play music when its time to drink more water.
2. Set a timer.
Setting a timer is very easy since most of us have our cell phones within arms reach. Once that alarm goes off you can drink your water and move on with your day.
3. Use an App to keep track.
There are lots of Apps that help you keep track of water intake. One of my favorite apps is the Fitbit app. I have to admit I feel a little accomplished when I hit my water goal for the day.
4. Take a water bottle everywhere you go.
This may seem obvious but a reminder is necessary. If you have your bottled water with you, you are more likely to drink from it.
5. Make infused water. I have a simple recipe that I enjoy making.
Infused water is quick to make and gives your taste buds a sweet low-calorie treat. Check out my post here for details.
How much water do you drink in a day?
Have you noticed any benefits when you drink enough water throughout the day?
Here are some great sources that you can visit for more information:
As I write this article it definitely gives me a lot to think about. I have to do better for my body. No excuses!
Thanks for hanging out!