I am not a fitness or nutrition expert, but I do know the benefits of eating healthier and drinking plenty of water because I can feel the difference that it makes!
So, let’s talk about drinking water and the good that it can do for your body! If you’re feeling sluggish or your digestive system isn’t cooperating, making a super small change like upping your water intake can make a world of difference!
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- Being dehydrated can deplete you of energy. Even a very mild occurrence of dehydration can leave you feeling like you have absolutely zero oomph. Keep drinking water so you can bounce back to your normal energy level!
- If you are feeling constipated or just kind of funky in the stomach, up your water intake. In order for the digestive system to work properly and digest food correctly, it needs plenty of fluid to get things flowing.
- Water is an amazing tool to rid your body of the toxins it contains. The more you drink, the better your kidneys will function because they will be flushing out the toxins on a regular basis!
- Not drinking water in sufficient amounts can cause high blood pressure because when there is not enough water in the body there is a resistance to blood flow, resulting in a higher blood pressure.
- If you have skin problems…drink, drink, drink! Since being dehydrated holds in your toxins, those toxins can appear on your skin as psoriasis, eczema, acne, pimples, etc. So when you drink an adequate amount of water, you will release those toxins that are laying right under and on your skin! Yay for clear skin!!
- Struggling with high cholesterol? Not having enough water in your system will cause the body to produce more cholesterol! Lower those numbers by staying hydrated!
So… how much water should we be consuming each day?
You feel like you’re constantly drinking water, but is it enough?! There is not a “one size fits all” for this answer. Everyone should take in consideration your overall health, your daily activity, etc. The Institute of Medicine recommends about 75 ounces daily.
Some experts recommend to take your body weight and divide it in half. That number is the number in ounces you should be drinking each day. For easy math, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 ounces each day. Personally, I drink 75 ounces minimum per day and then on days that I exercise or am more active than usual, I drink half my body weight in ounces.
One of my easy tricks to ensure I get all those ounces in throughout the day:
I ONLY drink out of a 25 ounce cup. That way I know that I need to fill it up 3 times throughout the day. If I do that, I know that I at least got the minimum amount in. I think we have all heard the “drink 8 glasses of water a day.” Personally to me, that’s DAUNTING!!! Who has time to keep track of drinking EIGHT glasses?! It’s much easier for me to know that I only have to drink 3!
If you need a little extra push, here are a few of my favorite apps that won’t let you slack on drinking water!
I’m a bottle, cup, and coffee mug junkie! Our cupboards are overflowing! But these Kate Spade tumblers are my absolute favorite! I have a much easier time staying hydrated when I’m drinking from a cute cup!
Looking to add some flavor to your water? Give these recipes a try this summer!
Have any other tips that help you drink enough water? Share with us in the comments!