Today is going to be very short and sweet! I just want to talk to you about your water consumption! Hydration is a super small (and very easy) change that you can make immediately that won’t cost you a dime. Are you grabbing your water now? Good.
First let’s talk about how much actual water you need to be drinking. I’d always heard that we were supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but that never actually happened for me. Last year, during a doctor’s visit, I was told more specifically you were supposed to drink half of your body weight in ounces. Just for simple math’s sake… if you were 100 lbs, that means your goal is to drink 50 oz a day. Yes, you will pee a lot at first.
Now let’s talk about the why. A long time ago, someone had given me the grape analogy. Think about a grape while it’s on it’s vine, actively being watered. The grape is going to stay nice and plump. But if you stop watering your grapevine, the grape is going to shrivel up and turn into a raisin. You don’t want to turn into a raisin! You want nice plump, hydrated skin. While you’d think that this beauty analogy would have been enough to get me chugging, it wasn’t. What did get my attention though was when someone told me that not drinking enough water is the #1 cause for disease.
That is a pretty big claim right? But if you think about it… water aids your digestions and flushes toxins out of your body (among many other things). Think about all the crap (literally) up in your system and if your body doesn’t have the means to remove this waste, it will just reabsorb into your body. That is terrible! Not to mention it will lead to other problems in addition to straining your liver and kidneys.
The last thing I want to talk about is how. How in the heck are you going to start drinking all this water. Well, I went to REI and purchased a 32 oz BPA free water bottle ($13). I filled it up first thing in the morning and tried to drink it by noon. After that I would fill it up again and sip on it all throughout the rest of the day. If I left my water bottle and home, which did happen more often than I’d like to admit, I would stop at a gas station or grocery store and get a liter size water and do the same thing.
It definitely took a few days of getting used to. My body was like “what are you doing to me?”, but seriously after a few days, my body had adjusted and now I catch myself reaching for my water without even thinking about it.
I’d like to end todays post on a challenge. Figure out your water ounces and challenge yourself to drink the appropriate amount of water for 21 days straight. What did you notice? Like I said in the beginning, this is a super small change that will lead to some amazing results.