Today we’re talking all about water, its benefits, how much water we should be drinking every day, what happens if we don’t drink enough water, and last but not least, lots of easy ways to increase water intake every day! Because, after all, water is life!
Drinking enough water every day is arguably the best thing we can do for our well-being. Why? Because there are so many benefits to drinking enough water and so many things that can go wrong if we don’t. The bottom line is we all need to be on top of our water intake.
Water is life!
It’s been said that water is life! And it’s true. Water is essential to life because all life forms are dependent on it. So we can’t live without it.
Science tells us that humans can only survive 3-5 days without water. That’s crazy when you really take a second to dwell on that fact of life. Just 3-5 days.
We need water to survive, but we also need enough of it to live healthy lives! The benefits of drinking good clean water are endless. Here’s a quick rundown.
Some Benefits of Drinking Enough Water Every Day:
- It can increase energy levels
- Rids the body of toxins through
- Proper water intake boosts immunity
- Lubricates and cushions joints
- Water curbs hunger. More water=, less hungry
- Maintains normal body temperature
- It keeps that dreaded brain fog at bay (Really!)
- It helps the kidneys do what the kidneys do best
- Relieves that whole constipation thing
- Helps skin health (Looks + feels younger!)
- Hangover helper
Our bodies depend on water to survive
Water makes up about 50% to 70% of our body weight.
Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 50% to 70% of your body weight. Every cell, tissue, and organ needs water to work properly.
Our bodies let us know when we arent’ drinking enough water. But are we listening?
Symptoms of Dehydration (not drinking enough water!)
- Bad Breath
- Dull and dry skin
- Joint pain
- Fatigue and brain fog
- Dry Eyes
- Weight gain.
- Dry mouth.
- UTI (Urinary Tract Infections)
- Muscle loss
Water is the Best Medicine
Water is truly the best medicine for any illness. It’s the first line of defense for every healthy complaint and ailment under the sun.
Got a headache? Drink some water. Brain fog? Water. Joints hurt? Water. Want a avoid a hangover? Water.
When all else fails: Increase your water intake!
How much water do I need to drink?
I used to go with eight glasses per day. Sound familiar? It’s a good goal, but it may not be enough.
You might need to modify the total water intake based on several factors:
- Exercise. If you sweat (and it’s good if you do…), you need to drink extra water to cover the fluid loss. Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
- Environment. Dehydration can occur in hot and or humid climates and at high altitudes.
- Health Status. If you have a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea- you need to increase your daily intake of fluids. Likewise, Sames holds if you suffer from urinary tract infections or kidney stones.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may need additional fluids to stay hydrated.
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Quick Water intake Calculation:
Word on the street is that we should drink about half to two-thirds of our body weight in ounces. So, for example, a 200-pound adult needs approximately 150 ounces of water each day. AT LEAST.
How can you tell if you’re drinking enough water?
If you follow the calculation of drinking at least half of your body weight in the water in ounces, you should be good to go.
But if you want to make sure you are drinking enough water, here are a few ways to be sure:
- Look at the color of your urine. Your urine will be clear or pale yellow if you’re drinking enough water. Darker urine means you aren’t drinking enough water, and you need to increase water intake asap.
2. Test your skin. Pinch the skin on the back of your hand for a few seconds. If it immediately returns to normal, you are well hydrated; you need to drink more water if it doesn’t.
How to Increase Water Intake: (tips + tricks)
Here are a few simple tips that will help you drink enough water every day. And as an additional bonus, many of these tips are great for weight loss as well!
- Drink a FULL GLASS right when you wake up before anything else! Keep a large glass of water on your bedside table and down it first thing.
- Drink 8 ounces before you eat a meal or even a snack. Every meal. Every snack.
- Use a hydration app to remind you to drink water and keep track of your water intake.
- Buy a reusable water bottle with timestamps (I love mine!)
- Keep a pitcher of fresh water on your desk.
- Buy some new water glasses. Water tastes better when it’s in a pretty glass.
- Drink the best water you can get your hands on. Springwater is great!
- Eat water-rich foods such as lettuce, cucumbers, and watermelon.
- When you finish a glass of water, fill it back up right away, even if you are not thirsty!
- Set a timer on your phone for every hour. Drink 8 ounces. Repeat.
- Add lemon or other flavors like raspberry or mint to your water.
- When you set the table for dinner, pour everyone a glass of water.
- Snack on salty foods to encourage thirst (This one really works for me!)
- Try sparkling water (I like Pellegrino!)
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Consider Trying a Hydration App
I know it may seem overkill, but I found that using a water app helped improve my daily water consumption! There are several hydration apps available.
I have found that less is more for this kind of app. Some of them are way too complicated!
The WaterMinder App
I use the WaterMinder App. I think it costs $4.99.
I like that this app is easy to use. It calculates the amount of liquid I need to consume daily based on my body weight. In addition, it easily keeps track of all liquids that I drink every day based on serving sizes in ounces which I set up in advance.
I have it set up to send reminders throughout the day, making it easy to hit your target intake. Lifesaver!
So there you have it.
Easy ways to increase water intake every day
Sounds easy enough, right? Today I’ve shared several ways to increase water intake every day. Do you drink enough water every day? What tips are you going to try to increase your water intake?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
Happy drinking, my friends!