That much water? Really?

Okay, so now you know you need water throughout the day, everyday from my last post https://eatlivefit.net/2015/08/03/how-important-is-water/

But, did you know that drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body?

  • 2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
  • 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
  • 1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
  • 1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack I can also add to this… My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Your are still short several glasses even after adding all these to your agenda.  Here are a few more hints to get you to optimum hydration each and every day:

  • Drink only water with meals.  You want to taste your food and drinking other liquids will mask your tastebuds and in turn influence the taste of the food you are eating.  Save other liquids for in between meals.
  • Aim to drink 3/4 of your water intake for the day before 3 pm so that you do not end up getting up in the night to go to the bathroom.  Yes, initially you will have to go more often, but within a week, your body will adjust that and you will be able to go longer between bathroom breaks.
  • Take your water bottle wherever you roam!  Keep it with you,
  • Take a sip at every water fountain you pass, or from your bottle since you have that handy anyway, right?  Let the visual cue of a water fountain serve as a reminder to drink some now.

Finally, here is a quick chart to give you an idea of how much water you should take in each day personally.  This is general because it doesn’t take into account any medications/supplements taken, exercise frequency, duration and intensity, and/or your current level of hydration.  Let it be a “good rule of thumb” tool to use as a Minimum amount of water to drink. (8 oz. equals one glass)

Body Weight Ounces of Water Daily
100 pounds 67 ounces
110 pounds 74 ounces
120 pounds 80 ounces
130 pounds 87 ounces
140 pounds 94 ounces
150 pounds 100 ounces
160 pounds 107 ounces
170 pounds 114 ounces
180 pounds 121 ounces
190 pounds 127 ounces
200 pounds 134 ounces
210 pounds 141 ounces
220 pounds 148 ounces
230 pounds 154 ounces
240 pounds 161 ounces
250 pounds 168 ounces

Don’t be fooled by the “drink when you are thirsty” recent claims in the media, if your lips are chapped or you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

As always, I am here to help just an email away at eatlivefit@hotmail.com

3 thoughts on “That much water? Really?

  1. Jo This post is incredible! Thank you so much for taking so much time spread this kind of valuable information. I have also researched—as well as experienced!—the effect that dehydration has on our focus and emotions. For the longest time, suggesting a glass of water has been one of the easiest cures I offer my friends and family to irritability, anxiety and an inability to focus. I’m so happy you’ve provided such a coherent outline of the kind of intentionality it takes to truly maintain this important aspect of health!

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    • Great advice for your friends and family. It seem so simple, right? But it is harder than it seems to keep hydrated especially the busier we are. Mindfulness is key! Glad it was helpful and informative. Please share..or welcome your friends and family to “follow” my website.

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      • I absolutely will! And yes, you’re right—it’s like we have to re-create our own daily habits to even hope to adequately hydrate. To me it suggests that any culture able to effectively hydrate themselves must have incorporated regular use of tea in their own daily customs. I will absolutely be spreading this info around in hopes that we might install such customs ourselves!

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