The answer is probably no. We live in a chronically dehydrated nation. Inadequate hydration can lead to anything from headaches and fatigue to chronic constipation and kidney failure.
Your body is 2/3 water. Every single cell in your body is made up of water. It’s pretty important stuff, people! Eating a typical American diet, you are constantly introducing toxins into that water. It is crucial that we are constantly hydrating to continually flush out these toxins and keep everything moving.
If you don’t hydrate properly (half your body weight in ounces daily), then these toxins will linger, wreaking havoc on your body. As Dr. Earl Mindell, professor of nutrition and master herbologist explains it, “If you don’t constantly flush toxins from the water that makes up much of your body, they build up and can cause chronic disease”.
Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day.
Properly hydrating will also help your skin to glow, help regulate your bowel movements, and aid in controlling your weight.
Tips to Drink More Water Throughout The Day
Drink a Glass of Water Upon Waking
Try drinking 1 or 2 glasses of water in the morning right when you first wake up and you may find yourself feeling more awake and alert without the jolt of caffeine.
Carry Water With You
Taking a water bottle with you when you are out will ensure you always have access to clean water. It will also serve as a friendly reminder every time you see it.
Track How Much You Drink
This may not be for everyone, but for anyone like me who loves data and tracking things, this can be very helpful. You can track however you like, but I loved how my Fitbit had a section to track how many ounces of water I drank and the little picture of a person would fill up with water so I could visually see how hydrated I was getting each day. To each their own, but this one really helped me.
So… let’s drink up!
We forget how important hydrating is…especially in the summer. Thanks for the reminder and tips!!!
Great article! I also like the fitbit water intake section. I aim to drink 3L a day. An easy way to do that for me is to just fill up 3 1L water bottles. If they all come home empty at the end of the day, I know I’ve met my goal! When I see 2 big bottles filled up on my desk and it’s already 4pm, I know that I have not been drinking enough! But I always have a water bottle with me when I’m out. Great tips!! 🙂