Let’s talk about water. So many of us live in a constant state of dehydration. We feel overwhelmingly tired and achy. We have brain fog and blotchy skin. We have weight issues. So many of our chronic health issues can be remedied with this miracle drink that costs NOTHING!
WHY ARE WE IGNORING WATER?
This is speculation here, but I think we overlook water for a number of reasons:
- We THINK we are getting enough – but we don’t really know what enough is. (That’s probably our biggest mistake. None of us are ignoring our health on purpose, right?)
- We underestimate the benefits of drinking water because we’ve never taken the time to really learn what water means to our bodies.
- It’s so readily available to us that we don’t consider it a miracle drink.
- We don’t like water… because we have programmed our bodies to like tea, coffee, pop, juice and everything BUT water.
- We are a little lazy, we think it’s hard, and we don’t want to bother drinking it.
ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH WATER?
If you automatically assume you’re drinking enough water, without being intentional about how much you drink, then you probably aren’t.
Counting coffee (or tea or juice) as a good water replacement, because it’s made with water, is also a huge mistake! Yes, our bodies will extract the water from those things – if you were stranded on a dessert island, those things would keep you alive.
But your goal shouldn’t be “stay alive” while surrounded by accessible water. Your goal should be “feel great”. The extra burden we put on or bodies, of processing coffee, tea, juice and especially pop, takes away from some of the amazing benefits you could be seeing if you drank plain water instead.
If you feel great all the time, have lots of energy, are rarely thirsty, and pee often – very light colored or clear pee – then you might actually be getting enough water.
If you are tired, have headaches, digestive issues, muscle aches and pains, trouble sleeping, or dull / dry skin, you probably aren’t getting enough. Water should be the first thing you turn to for health improvement.
Find your bare minimum water intake by dividing your weight (in pounds) in two and THAT is how many ounces of water you should be taking in daily (minimum). So a 160 lb person actually needs 80 ounces of water, which would be TEN 8 oz glasses of water in the day.
If you are very physically active or breastfeeding you will need MORE water.
GREAT WAYS TO GET YOURSELF TO DRINK MORE WATER:
Things you can do to help yourself develop a good water drinking habit –
- Take it with you. (I never leave the house without a bottle of water.
- Set a timer on your phone, for every hour. Drink when it goes off.
- If you can’t stand the taste of plain water, adding squeezed lemon juice or cucumber slices won’t hurt.
- Invest in some sort of filtration system that makes your water taste better – and removes chemicals.
- Remind yourself that you’re doing this for a reason. You want to feel good, to treat your body well.
Hope you’re encouraged to drink more water! And as always…
Sandra Thomasian, MD