EDIT: Congratulations to Erica who won the bottle! I hope it helps you to reach your hydration goals!
We all know that water is imperative to our health. We also know that we should be drinking at least 8 cups of water a day. You may not have known, however, that for many people that’s not enough.
On average, a person should drink anywhere from .5 oz to 1 oz of water per pound of body weight. 8 cups of water, or 64 oz, would therefore only be the recommended intake for a person who weighs around 120 lbs! That may be a shocking revelation to some!
At my heaviest, I should have been drinking somewhere around 165 oz of water daily. That’s more than a gallon. It seemed like an unattainable number, and though I’m not sure I ever got that high, I did take steps to gradually increase my intake until I got to about 120 oz each day, give or take depending on my activity level… and I feel so much better for it!
Increasing your water intake can lower your risk of bladder and colon cancer, make digestion easier, clear your skin up, and decrease headaches. There are so many health benefits to staying properly hydrated. Like oil in a car, our bodies run best when they’re given plenty of water.
Drinking more water can also help if you’re trying to lose weight. Did you know that the same part of our brain that processes hunger also processes thirst? Often, when feel like we’re hungry and go to reach for a snack, we’re actually thirsty. This is a common mistake because the signals that our brain sends are so similar. If you feel peckish, it’s a good idea to have a glass of water first and then wait a bit. It may turn out that your hunger was thirst all along.
When I first started on my weight loss journey, I drank a large glass of water before each meal as a tool to kind of fill up my stomach so I wouldn’t feel like eating as much. Eventually, eating less became habit and just something that I got used to. But in the beginning that glass of water really helped me.
Last, have you ever felt like you’re doing everything right– exercising and eating well– but the scale is still moving up? Chances are, it’s not fat that’s making the number on the scale increase, but water. When you’re dehydrated, or if you’ve had a lot of sodium, your body will hold on to as much water as it can. Water retention can cause so much frustration because it can make it seem like your hard work just isn’t paying off. Though it may seem counter intuitive, the best way to combat water retention is by drinking more water (and by watching your sodium intake!)
So, that’s all fine and well, but when it comes to actually drinking 120oz of water a day? That’s not always easy.
Here are some tips:
- Invest in a large water bottle and keep it next to you wherever you are.
- Drink through a straw. I don’t know what it is, but I drink so much more water if I have a straw. It’s easier.
- Make fruit infusions! Water can get boring, especially when you’re not used to drinking so much. Flavor it up and experiment with different fruit combinations.
- Try drinking room temperature water. Sometimes, for some reason, cold water gives me heartburn. Room temperature doesn’t, and it’s also much easier to drink, I think.
- Use an app that tracks your water intake. Both the Fitbit app and Myfitnesspal have spots to log your water for the day.
- Try sparkling water. My favorite is LaCroix’s Pamplemousse flavor… half because it’s delicious, and half because pamplemousse is such a better name than grapefruit.
Speaking of bottles…
I have this bottle from Cool Gear. I love it because at 62.5oz it’s huge, it has a straw, and it’s pretty adorable! I keep one at work and one at home and make sure to drink at least two of them throughout the day. It’s so handy to sip on, especially at my desk during the day when I might be too busy to keep filling up a smaller bottle.
To celebrate the beginning of my new blog, to thank you all for following me, AND to make sure you all stay healthy and hydrated, I thought it would be fun to give one of these bottles away! This post isn’t sponsored, I bought this myself to give to one of you. Because I love you. This relationship we have is brand new, but I already know you’re super awesome.
HOW TO ENTER:
Leave a comment on this blog post below answering the following question: What health perks have you experienced from increased water consumption? Or, what little steps can you take to increase your water each day?
Bonus entry! Head over to my Instagram account, @atotal180, follow me, and tag a friend on the post about my giveaway. Although you’ll only get one bonus entry, feel free to tag as many people as you’d like! After you’ve followed me and tagged a friend, leave a separate comment on this blog post letting me know that you did so, and what your Instagram account is.
Here’s an example:Two comments, two entries. I’ll be checking Instagram, too, to make sure the winner followed and tagged!
I’ll be drawing a name Saturday, 2/6/16 at noon(ish), using a super scientifically random method. So get your entries in, fill up your water bottles, and good luck!
*US winners only this time, please. I do have to pay for shipping!