We have a checkered past, water and me. One of those rocky on-again, off-again relationships. You know the type. I hate you. I love you. I don't want you anymore. Never leave me again. It's all so exhausting. Yet I really feel like if I can resolve my issues with water, I can get myself exponentially closer to my personal health goals.
Unfortunately, I'm not one of those people that naturally enjoys drinking water. Unless I'm exercising a lot, I pretty much have to force myself into it. Even then, it's a struggle. I make deals with myself, playing silly games in order to get it all down. I've tried not allowing myself to drink a diet soda 'til I get all my water down for the day. I've also forced myself to take 3 big chugs every 15 minutes, going so far as to set a timer to remind me. Just about anything you can think of, I've tried it in order to meet the magical quota for daily water intake. Which is ... what exactly?
8 8-ounce glasses? Well, yeah. We've all heard that one, right? But is it even true? Turns out, it might not be. There's even a Snopes entry proclaiming the 8 8-ounce glasses per day rule to be false.
Then, to complicate things further, there's a mathematical formula floating around out there requiring you to take your weight, divide it by your age, multiply it by your high school SAT score and add the number of tequila shots you can get down before you spew in order to determine the minimum amount of water you need to drink every third Thursday. Or something like that. Whatever, I'm not doing math to figure out how much water to drink.
Did someone say tequila?
Sorry, off topic. Back to water.
So what's a thirsty girl to do? Well, some sane-sounding advice tells us all to merely tune into our bodies and drink clean water whenever thirsty. But then some other sane-sounding voice reminds us all of the adage: if you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated. It's dizzying, isn't it? I'm wrapping it up soon. Promise.
Every day, your body loses water performing various functions that keep you alive. Your part of it all is to replenish the water lost so you don't die. You can do this two ways:
- Drink water.
- Eat foods with water in them.
Of-course, there are certain factors that may impact your water requirements like exercise, weather/humidity, medications, medical conditions, pregnancy, and illness. All of these should be taken into account.
Also, to allow your body to enjoy the maximum benefit of your water consumption, it should be done slowly over the course of the day (with exceptions made for periods of exercise, of-course). So no chugging it all down in two hours and calling it good for the day.
And please, don't be an environmental terrorist. Bottled water is great in a pinch, but be a good earthling and get yourself one of those fancy (non-plastic) reusable water bottles. It's a small but worthwhile investment. Keep it with you at all times and sap often. If you don't think you can manage that, get a few of them and keep one stashed in your car, at your desk at work, on your bedside table, in your backpack, or wherever you think you may need it. Just make sure you have access to clean, filtered water and clean your bottle as needed.
As far as the temperature debate is concerned, I don't pay too much attention to it all. Yes, drinking icy cold water does make your body work a bit harder, thereby burning a little more calories each day. And I do mean little. But some people can drink it faster at room temperature and others have sensitive teeth. Do whatever works for you, just drink your water.
I'll be back later today with some tips tips n' tricks and bells n' whistles you can add to your water to make it more fun and, of-course, it's still Moonshine Monday, so I'll also be back at cocktail hour with some lo-cal drink options.
Now go drink a glass of water!