For years, we’ve all been told ‘drink 8 glass of water a day.’ But, do you know why and that 8 glasses may not be enough, shocker!
Why Drink Water?
I’m sure we all know the Level 099 version answer to this so I won’t bore you to death, with stats about our body’s composition, (as in 60% water) instead let’s look at the critical roles it plays and how they can affect our general feeling and well-being.
Water serves as one of the body’s main nutrient and vitamin transportation mechanisms of the digestive process. Even with the best diet and most potent vitamins, you must drink plenty of water for your body to properly absorb them. While our food is digested, water aids in the absorption of vitamins and nutrients into the bloodstream via the small intestines.
Fun fact… did you know on average, the small intestines have the surface area similar in size to a tennis court?!?!? Continuing the digestive theme a little further south, water (hydration) again plays a key role in the “regularity” of the digestion process. Inadequate amounts of water can lead to ‘uncomfortable’ bathroom issues (I’ll just leave it at that).
Another reason to drink more water is you will often mistake thirst for hunger. Staying hydrated can help you fill full and satisfied. So, next time you go to reach for that snack ask yourself if you’re really hungry or are you thirsty?
Also, sometimes I can feel my rings getting tight on my fingers which signals me to drink water as my hands have swollen from lack of water.
Additionally, muscles need water!!! Think of the difference between a grape and a raisin, do you want your muscles to be shriveled up like a raisin? No? Then drink plenty of water to maintain fluid levels in your muscles.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
The typical 8 glasses a day equates to 64 ounces. If you are hitting the gym hard for regular sweat sessions, you need to increase this by 24-32 ounces.
As a result of my workouts, I drink at least 128 ounces of water every day. While this is the magic number for me, I would suggest a minimum of 100 ounces. Warning, your co-workers may wonder about the path you’ve worn in the carpet between your desk, the water fountain and the restroom.
Tips to Get Extra Sips
– Drink 15-20 ounces of water within the first 15 minutes of waking up. This kick starts your metabolism by waking up your body’s organs, digestive system, etc.
– Get a water bottle with intact tracking and set hourly goals.
– Drink water with your meals. This will help get the extra ounces and improve digestion.
– Do you find you like water better with a straw? Out of a fancy glass? Cold? Room temperature? Whatever your preference – find it and drink up!
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