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Is drinking water important?

Yes! Absolutely it is!


Water is one of the least expensive additions we can make to our healthy lifestyle. It doesn't have to be fancy water either, tap water run through a basic filter like a Brita or your fridge filter is just fine.



Water has the ability to lubricate our entire bodies. From our brain to our skin, drinking enough water is absolutely necessary for optimal health.


Our bodies are made up of 66% water and our brains alone account for 70%! But, drinking too much water is dangerous as well and can lead to water intoxication.


How much is too much?


That depends on your body mass and activity level. It varies from one person to the next. There isn't any scientific proof that 8 glasses of water is what everyone SHOULD do, but it has become the norm here in the United States.


Our Western culture is obsessed with making sure we drink enough water and most people cannot seem to get out of the house without carrying a water bottle with them!


I tell my clients to focus on getting 8 glasses of 8 ounces per day. Most are able to achieve this with no problem, but others really struggle with this. I remind them that the tea or coffee they drink calculates into those 8 glasses, so don't stress about it too much!


The best indicator of whether you're drinking too much or too little is to pay attention to your urine. If it's a dark yellow, you need more. If its mostly clear, you can let up on the water because otherwise you will be urinating minerals your body needs to sustain itself.


Does my body lose water during the day?


Yes! To maintain good health and proper body functions, the amount of water in the body should remain relatively constant. Therefore, the amount of water lost daily must be replaced by an equivalent amount of daily water intake to maintain the proper balance.


A sedentary adult with normal physiological conditions in a temperate climate (64°F – 68 °F), loses on average 84 ounces of water a day.

  • This water loss is due mainly to:

    • the kidneys, through urine excretion (50 oz. per day)

    • the lungs by breathing (11 oz.)

    • the skin by perspiring (15 oz.)

    • the intestines in the form of feces (.6 oz.)

  • Water is taken in from 3 major sources:

    • water in food: 2 oz.

    • metabolic water (which is produced in the body during biochemical reactions): 1 oz.

    • drinking: 50 additional ounces.


How often should I drink water?


The best thing to do is to drink one 8 ounce glass of room temperature water upon waking. Then make sure to have your breakfast and drink throughout your day being sure to be done drinking by dinner time so you will not have to get up in the middle of the night (see my other blog post about how to train your bladder to not wake you up! Yes! It's possible!)


If you can't seem to remember to drink water, there are many apps on the market that help you track your water. Here are a few of them:


WaterMinder:


Drink Water Reminder and Tracker:


PlantNanny:


How about a bottle that has the ounces as well as encouragement printed on it!


You can also print up this PDF and track it old school!


However you do it doesn't matter - the point is to just start!



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