After Adaptation (making sure your nervous system is clear and balanced), and Restoration (giving your body the rest it needs to heal), Hydration is the most important thing your body needs to keep functioning the way it was designed.
So, as we close out the summer and great ready to move into the fall months where it may not be as easy to remember to drink your water, here is one simple place you can look to have all the tips you need to get your daily water intake in!
Make sure you know how much you need to drink!
Water Math (I'll be honest, it's the only math I'm really good at)
Your body weight in pounds divided by 2 is the number of ounces you should be drinking daily. When exercising, I also recommend an extra 8 oz for every 30 minutes of exercise.
So, now that you have your number... How are you going to drink all that water?
Purely because its annoying, I highly recommend you find the largest water bottle you're willing to carry. If you can handle a 24 to 32oz bottle, it's best. Once you have that figured out, take your total number of ounces and divide that by the number of ounces your bottle carries. Now you know how many refills you need to drink!
In the morning, if you need 3 or 4 or really whatever number refills, take that many rubber bands and wrap them around your water bottle. As you refill, take one off! (You may also want to prep a 16 oz glass by your bedside for the morning)
Start by drinking 16 oz, first thing in the morning upon waking. This is a great way to start your day and flush your system.
After that, drink up to 8 oz every 20 minutes and not more often then that. When you chug water, it truly goes right through your system and is almost of no use to you. Not chugging your water will really be helpful in limiting bathroom trips as well.
At this rate, you can probably be done with your water intake by lunch. so even if you only drink 16 oz of water every hour, you can spread your water intake through out the day without getting to close to bedtime.
Set an alarm if you need to! When I first started preparing for Baby #1, and how all these essentials came into my life, I drank very limited water. I really did have to set an alarm to get serious about my water intake. Use a fitness app to track it, the rubber band system, find whatever works for you.
Being serious about your hydration can truly change your health.
So for anyone that got a little lost with my math, here is an example:
180 lb person will need to drink 90 oz of water per day.
If they are using a 24 oz water bottle and they drink 16 oz first thing in the morning, the balance is 74 oz.
74 / 24 is approx 3 refills
At 16 oz an hour, water intake will be complete by noon! (4 sips every 15 minutes, or 8 sips every 30 minutes)
(Remember to add in extra water for exercise time)
If you have any questions or concerns, remember I'm always here for you. The journey to better health and lasting quality of life should be filled with love, laughter, and support.