I have always been a water drinker. I prefer water to pretty much everything. I can down a bottle of water in about a minute….which brings to mind a story…
One fall, back when I was in grad school and my best friend and her husband were looking at law schools, I traveled with them to see Harvard and Yale. The night we were in New Haven I finally told them we had to find a store because I desperately needed water. My water intake was way down due to all the traveling…going to the restroom on a plane is not high on my “to do” list and I didn’t want to be the person to have us stopping every hour when we were driving around! So, we found a Walgreens or something and I bought 3 bottles of water…my friend and her husband bought 3 to share between them, then we headed to the hotel. I proceeded to chug an entire bottle of water. I was halfway through my second bottle when my friends started laughing….they couldn’t believe how much water I was drinking! It was totally normal for me though!
Anyway….back to the point of this post…
This summer I have been focusing on my hydration. Some days I would do great drinking water and some days I would get all the way to dinner and realized I had only had a few sips of water for the whole day. At the first of July I downloaded an app to help mark my water intake. The suggestion was to drink half of my weight in ounces each day, adding in an additional ounce for each minute of exercise. After calculations and being realistic I decided to set my goal for each day at 108 0z of water. I have a Nalgene bottle that holds 32 ounces which means I need around 3 and a half bottles a day. I try to divide it up: one bottle in the morning, a refill for lunch and afternoon, another refill late afternoon, and usually a final refill after dinner that carries me until bedtime.
At first it was ALOT of water! For 3 weeks I have been consistent and now it doesn’t feel like so much water. My body has adapted to proper fluid intake. I have learned quite a few things about my body:
- Water is my person key to feeling amazing.
- This one might be a little TMI…so feel free to advert your eyes from the rest of this sentence and skip to Number 3….I read once that if you properly hydrated the day before, your first urine of the morning should be light….like lemonade. I NEVER believed that. I didn’t think it was even possible! Well….it is possible. I was amazed! And if I do miss out on a majority of my water one day I know it the next morning. If you have dark urine first thing in the morning….or even throughout the day…you are dehydrated. Period. End of Story.
- My chronic pain issues are almost completely alleviated.
- I am sleeping better than I have in years!
- I exercise harder and 6 days a week and don’t feel totally trashed after the workout.
- I have more energy.
- I have more focus.
- I totally believe that water is the key to all those things because if I miss my water I start losing all those things I just listed.
I have also decided, based on my highly scientific method of observing the people I am around most, that most people are chronically dehydrated. I also think that everyone massively underestimates the amount of water they drink. I challenge you to measure out your water for one day….don’t try to add any in…just a typical day, what you would normally drink. I bet you are surprised. Even on good days I was far from proper hydration!
Our bodies NEED water. NOTHING can replace good, pure water. If you want to start drinking water maybe just replace one beverage a day….one glass of tea, one cup of coffee, one soda a day….you can do that. (Also….if you are a go-for-it, all-at-one-time kind of person like me….expect to pee ALOT for the first week. And also commit to it for more than one day. It is going to take a bit of time to get back to proper hydration levels. Once you do, you will spend less time in the bathroom…not NO time…but LESS time. Your body adapts and processes your water intake better.)
So…..now you probably know way more than you need to about my body functions….and you also know my feelings on proper hydration.
DRINK WATER! It isn’t some miracle cure…but then again….maybe it is. It is for me! :)