I don’t know about you, but I love summertime.
I love the sunshine, getting some extra vitamin D, and working on my tan (yes, I know my skin is red and peeling right now, but I prefer “tan-in-progress” to “sunburn.”)
Also, fun fact, I love to sweat. I can’t decide if it’s because I might be detoxing through my sweat, or if I’m just weird. But regardless.
As the days heat up and we sweat more, it’s vital to stay hydrated.
Did you know that dry skin, headaches, fatigue, constipation, and even cravings can be signs of dehydration?
We all know that water is important, but here’s the golden question:
How much water should I drink each day?
Your daily water intake should be at least half your body weight in ounces. For me, that’s 140/2. So I should be drinking at least 70 ounces of water, or about six 12 ounce glasses.
You should also drink an extra ounce and a half for every ounce of diuretics you drink. Diuretics are liquids that flush water out of the body – they include coffee, caffeinated tea, soda, juice, and some herbal teas.
Keep in mind, as well, that your body needs time to absorb water. Have you ever tried to wet a new sponge? If you run the tap full blast over it most of the water runs off. Same thing with your body. If you drink a quart of water at a time, most of it will flush straight through. It’s better to keep a water bottle nearby and sip throughout the day.
I know some of you are thinking “Ok, yeah, I know this is important. But it is so. dang. hard. to remember to drink consistently!”
Challenge yourself – ask how you can get in water throughout the day. Could you make it a habit to drink a glass before bed, and right after waking up? Or to grab a bottle of water before running errands? Or maybe to grab a glass whenever you head into the kitchen to fix a meal? Like any habit, it’s not so much that it’s hard to form, it just takes consistent practice.
Right now, while you’re thinking about it, go get a drink. 😉
Wishing you the best of health,