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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How to Drink More Water


I have friends and family members who drink over 60 oz of soda a day.  Of course, they know they shouldn't and they try to quit, but always end up back at it.  It's an addiction and we all have those so it's never good to tell someone what they shouldn't be doing.  I am just here to say here is how to increase your water intake.  If you drink 60 oz soda still, fine! But try and increase your water intake too.  You maybe wondering how much water you should be drinking in a day.  The rule I grew up with was 8 glasses of water a day.  We all know that basically there is 8-10 oz of water in a glass.  I guess it just depends on how big your glass is.  So that would put us at 64-80z of water a day.  Well I am here to tell you that is wrong and you should be drinking much more especially in the Summer months when it's hot and you sweat a bunch! 

You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces.  If you weigh 200 lbs, you should be drinking 100 oz of water a day or more if you can.  When I first heard this, I thought how on earth will I stay away from the bathroom.  The thought of it makes me just want to pee all day long.  At first, your body is having a hard time trying to adjust to the water intake, but really within a week, your body craves it.  I am going to give you just some of the benefits of water:

Aids Digestion
increases metabolism
great for skin and looking younger
flushes toxins
builds immune system
gives you more energy
curbs appetite

I don't know anyone who would say no to any of these benefits.  We all want to look and feel better about ourselves and drinking water is one of the most important things to achieve that.

Now that we know what water does and how much we should be drinking, lets figure out how we are going to do that throughout our day.  First thing is buy a water bottle.  I got my water bottle at Wal Mart for $9 because I love drinking out of a straw and I always drink so much more when I do so.  I like how big it was (32oz) and knowing that I only need to drink a little over 3 makes it seem easier to do.  If you like squeeze bottle or a suction bottle, then use that! Just find what works for you.

I always fill my water up at the night before and put it in my fridge so that its there staring me in the face at breakfast.  I always try and drink at least 25 oz around breakfast time because it makes me feel hydrated and I have a sudden burst of energy in the morning.  Usually I have just worked out so I am craving water anyways.  I then will drink another 10-15 by mid morning.  I am in need of filling up my water again too, SCORE!  By lunch time I have drank 1 1/2 of these and I don't feel the need to eat as much for lunch.  I also don't have that sudden urge to snack either.  By dinner time I almost done with my 3rd one and know that I should probably fill it up again.  I love going above my 100 oz goal because it seriously is so good for you to drink that much water.  The benefits of drinking water are endless and consuming it just gets easier and easier the more you do it.  I don't really even think about it because its just now apart of my day.  When I go run errands, I fill up my water.  If I go to the gym, I bring my water.  I just feel better knowing its there with me.  

Just try this for a week and see how easy it can be to increase your water in take if you aren't drinking very much right now.  It may seem like a big deal, but it's really not and you will notice big changes if you do.

5 comments:

  1. I am so guilty of not drinking enough period! I have been trying my hardest to increase my water intake - especially because it is summer and I am breastfeeding. I need to invest in a big bottle with a straw!! I drink so much more with a straw too ((and extra ice cold water too!)) :)

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  2. I love water! I am a former diet soda addict, and don't touch the stuff anymore! I try to avoid aspartame at all costs, so I usually only drink water. Thanks for the tips!

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  3. Great article Diana! I am a recovering diet coke addict! I use to consume at least 2 liters a day and have been diet coke free since January. What you say is true...drink water does get easier with time. I do find myself craving it now and feel so much better now that I don't drink diet coke.

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  4. I love this. I wasn't necessarily a diet soda addict, but I was drinking more than I should. Five weeks ago, I stopped drinking all soda. I used the Dasani and Crystal Light drops for two weeks while I adjusted to not drinking soda. Now I just drink water. I make sure to have half my weight in water and it's so much easier than I ever imagined. Since I've been a reader for awhile, I laugh at the response you got from mentioning those water enhancer drops :) But just three weeks later, those drops are too sweet for me.

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  5. I drink SO much more when I drink out of a straw! Can you link me to the water bottle you got? :)

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