Everyone knows that drinking water is important for our bodies. After all, H2O makes up a large part of our body's composition. Did you you that according to H.H. Mitchell Journal of Biological Chemistry the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79%, and even the bones are watery at 31%! (The Water in You: Water and the Human Body) When our bodies don't get enough water, they become very imbalanced. Here are some tips for staying hydrated.
Make your water taste good! Not all water is created equal. If you drink tap water you may have residual tastes of trace chemicals or chlorine in the water. If you can drink water filtered, it will taste better. Also adding lemon, lime, other fruits, veggies, or herbs to your water will add a little natural flavor.
Keep a full glass of water by your bed at night. When you wake up, drink that water first thing. In fact, Dr. Matt Kramer with Main Street Family Medicine in Forest City, NC says “Daily water intake should be “front loaded” meaning more than 50% before noon, and the most important intake of all is the amount that’s first thing before eating (several studies show that a large amount - greater than 8 oz - of fluid with a meal inhibits food digestion). Either drink earlier than 15 min before a meal, or greater than an hour after a meal to maximize digestion and minimize reflux.” Drinking your water first thing is key for detox and flushing your system.... sipping doesn’t help with the detox process. Drinking first thing in the morning does help boost your metabolism as well -- and it should be room temperature.
Track your water intake. There are a variety of ways and may apps than can be used to track your water intake and actually remind you to drink! You can track through MyFitnessPal, and I have also heard of Water Reminder and WaterLama. The key is to how much you should drink is 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day. If you weigh 150 lbs, you will want to have 75 oz of water each day. Another rule of thumb is 2-3 cups per hour.
Keep water with you. If you have water on hand you are more likely to drink it. Keep it in sight on your desk or where you are working. Having a fun water bottle helps! Knowing how much your water bottle holds will help you with tracking.
Drink water when exercising. When we exercise, we sweat. If you don't replace the water you lost by sweating, you are more likely to become dehydrated.
Water truly is the stuff of life! The best way to keep yourself hydrated is to set up a daily plan. I hope you may perfect and accomplish your daily water goals with the help from these tips. So, I leave you with this final question: "Water" you gonna do?
The Water in You: Water and the Human Body. (n.d.). Retrieved January 12, 2021, from https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-you-water-and-