Water makes up over 60% of your body so the real question is, why not water?
Your body is constantly working to keep you moving, breathing and thinking. It uses a lot of energy in the form of oxygen mostly from…you guessed it WATER.
Imagine running 2 miles nonstop. Once you stop your lungs begin to crave oxygen, you are breathing heavy, sweating and can’t function as you normally would until you catch your breath. This is how your organs and blood cells feel if you are not drinking enough water daily. Take the image of you gasping for oxygen after the run. How long did it last? A few minutes? Imagine that feeling lasting for days or weeks or years. Think of how unproductive you would be. Your body is doing the best it can with what it has but eventually organs begin to fail, cancers and diseases begin to form.
How much water should I drink daily?
The standard minimum amount of water an adult should drink is 64oz. Considering that 32oz of water is the standard minimum for a child, 64oz for an adult seems pretty low. How can the minimum be only 50% more than it is for a child? After all, the majority of adults are more than double the size of a child. The minimum amount of water an adult should drink is 67% of their body weight in ounces, however for your body to run at optimal function 75% your body weight is the way to go.
150lb person x 67% = 100.5oz per day
150lb person x 75% = 112.5 oz per day
How can I drink so many ounces in a day?
75% of your body weight is sooo much water, how can you squeeze so many ounces into 8-10 hour day? Ideally you would not be drinking artificial flavored, sugary and carbonated drinks, only drinking water, with the occasional tea and coffee. But it is easier said than done.
Buy a 20oz glass water bottle with a silicone case and plastic top. I find that this is the perfect size. A smaller bottle would take over your schedule. You would need to drink a glass every 30 minutes to an hour which would interfere with your life and you would drop it like a bad diet. A bigger size would look intimidating to finish so you would put it down and never pick it back up.
Whatever size bottle you decide to use, start with creating a schedule a stick to it!
It takes 7 days to commit, 21 days to make it a habit, 90 days to make it a lifestyle so create a schedule you can keep.
Calculate how many ounces you should drink then pick a schedule and plug in the times that work best with your schedule, adjust as need.
I am constantly in the bathroom
In the beginning you will pee A LOT! It will seem like you will always need a bathroom break. It’s normal as your body is going into shock because it is not used to this much water. It takes what it needs for the moment and stores what it will need to get you through the day (in the form of fat) and expels the rest causing the water to go right through you. As you drink your daily amount of water your body will adjust to having more water on a regular basis and begin to use all or most of the water to repair your body so it can work at optimal function.
If you drink enough water a day you will notice a decrease in bathroom breaks within a few days to a week.
Are you already drinking enough water?
Take the “Pee Test”. It’s fast and free.
Simply look at your pee after using the bathroom. If it’s any darker than clear to a very slight hint of yellow you are not drinking enough water.
Are you constantly hungry?
Most likely you are dehydrated. Your body sends signals to tell you to drink water; you mistake these signals for hunger. The next time you think you’re hungry drink a glass of water and see if the hunger feeling remains.
Benefits of drinking water
When the body is properly hydrated it will begin to repair itself and expel the toxins trapped in the body.
When drinking enough water your body will work at optimal function and you can expect:
At what temperature should I drink water?
Your body tries to maintain an internal temperature of 98.6 degrees. Imagine how much harder it has to work and how much wasted energy it uses just to convert water or any fluid to body temperature. To get the max benefits of water you would want to drink water at body temperature but it may be too hot for most so room temperature is the next best option.
Drinking cold water is more beneficial than not drinking water so don’t let the water temperature be an excuse as to why you are not drinking enough water.
I hate water!
To some people water is tasteless and to others it tastes horrible. The key is to INFUSE. Add fruits, vegetables and/or herbs to your water. Get creative, to find what works for you. Don’t be afraid to mix and match but DO NOT use added sugars, preservatives, natural or artificial flavors. Use fresh or dehydrated fruits and vegetable, fresh or dried herbs.
Plastic vs Stainless Steel vs Glass Water bottles
The great debate continues
Glass and Stainless Steel are pretty comparable.
In order for stainless steel to be acceptable for drinking it must be a food grade of 304, with a 18-8 or higher chromium and nickel ratio. Any grade lower contains aluminum and other metals what will seep into the water and enter the blood stream. These metals are toxic to the body and hinder it from working at optimal function.
The new craze for plastic is BPA-Free. However if you do your research you will find that even BPA-Free leaks toxins.
Glass doesn’t require a grade and is acceptable for food storage at any thickness.