"Drink more water." for some means forcing down a cup of metallic tasting nothingness. We know we need to fill our cup more often, but are doing it blind to the why's and how good it actually is for us. Adding a lemon or making "sassy" water works every so often but then sadly the water cycle is broken and once again we return back to our dehydrated ways. Sound familiar?
Our bodies are made up of 45-75% water. We could go without food for a few weeks but only a few days without water! It is second to oxygen in my opinion and I'd like to hopefully inspire you today to make it a part of your daily living.
Why is this fluid so important?
1. Water helps deliver the good things like electrolytes to where they need to go and helps to get rid of the waste in your body. Imagine what happens when that process gets stopped up from not having enough.
2. Water also helps you to keep cool. It takes longer to heat up water in the microwave vs. bread. The water in your body makes it take longer to heat up in a warm environment. It also cools you down when you sweat.
3. Almost all the chemical reactions of your metabolism involve water. You need it for your metabolism to function. Ever feel tired and sluggish and see a huge improvement after drinking water? People have even claimed losing weight by drinking the right amount of water.
4. It keeps your PH balance in check. Your body has the amazing ability to balance itself. Just like keeping your swimming pools PH in balance, you need to treat your body with the same care and have enough water in your system to do its job.
5. No water means no body fluids. You need saliva, sweat, tears, synovial fluid to help joints move, amniotic fluid for a fetus if pregnant. How else would we cry when watching a heartfelt movie?
How much then are we supposed to drink?
The AI or Adequate Intake for women is different for every women because of height and weight. 80% comes from fluid consumption and 20% from food consumption.
90 oz. for women = 72 oz fluid intake and 18 oz from food food intake
100 oz when pregnant = 80 oz fluid intake and 20 oz from food intake
128 oz when lactating = 102 oz fluid intake and 26 oz from food intake
You can also determine how much water to drink by this formula.
0.5 Ounces X Body Weight In Pounds = Daily Water Requirement
For example: 0.5 ounces x 145 pounds = 72 ounces of water. (If you are active take that into account and drink accordingly.)
How can we consume more water?
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
2. Drink the real deal! You can't beat 0 calories. You can add lemon, flavor or add ice which can take away any metallic taste.
3. Drink decaffeinated beverages like juice but remember you are adding calories.
4. Herbal teas.
I don't like the idea of my body having built up waste, having my PH balance off, feeling sluggish and tired. Drinking my 72 ounces means a lot if I can keep my body alive, literally. We are so fortunate to have running, cold water coming from our taps. The next time you pick up your cold glass, think of the good it is doing for your body.
Check out MyFitLife to start tracking your water intake!