What H20 can REALLY do for you!
Did you know the minimum recommended DAILY water intake is half of your body weight (in ounces)?? Yeah …. holly sh*t, right?!
I always say never step on the scale because a number can never, ever define how a person feels. Ever. But this sake only, I want you to dig out the scale I had you hide and get on it. I want you to take a super quick peak at the number and divide it in half. I want you to write it down and leave it there. This is the amount of water, in ounces, that you should be drinking daily. It seems like a lot, but it’s really not!
Don’t want to break out the scale … don’t! Aim to drink 3/4 of a gallon to one gallon of water per day!
So what exactly does water do and why is it so important in your daily routine?
Here are some AMAZING ways water can help your body::
Over half of our body is made up of water, which is a key ingredient in absorbing the nutrients you (and your little one, if your preggers) need! It also helps transport vitamins, minerals and hormones to the blood cells which reach your placenta, and ultimately, baby.
Do you ever feel hungry after you just ate? Often times our body is dehydrated, but our mind tricks us into thinking we are hungry instead. Think about this …. one can of soda is roughly 130 calories and 35 grams of sugar, a granola bar is roughly 120 calories and 12 grams of sugar. Water = 0 calories and 0 grams of sugar! Try an 8 oz. glass of water before reaching for another snack!
With our hormones all out of wack, our skin can be all out of wack as well. A pimple? Seriously. The last time I saw one of those was in high school! Drinking water will help to flush out the toxin causing your breakouts. Dry skin patches? Water can help this too! Yes, it’s true. Try increasing your water by 16 oz / day over the next week and see what happens!
Have you been feeling sluggish? Chances are you may be dehydrated. Water is the most valuable source of energy for your body … after all over half of your body is made of water! If you are dehydrated as little as 1 – 2% of your body weight, it can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, and dizziness. I felt this way A LOT with my first pregnancy. It was not fun. Throughout all of my other pregnancies I made sure I had a water bottle on hand at all times to keep my hydrated. A good thing to remember, and know … if you’re thirsty, you are already dehydrated!
Want to take it even further?! Water also helps flush a great amount of toxins out of your body by peeing (sorry, mom talk!) and by keeping your body’s “cooling system” running … a.k.a sweat! By flushing these toxins out it can help eliminate headaches and migraines; UTI, bladder and kidney infections; constipation; and even hemrroids …. ICK!
So now you may know a little on how water can benefit the body, bu how in the world are you going to guzzle down the recommended ounces of water in ONE day?? Easy. Here are some of my tricks to make sure I am drinking enough::
- Buy a cute water bottle. I’m serious! It’s a proven fact that when you feel great about something, you are most likely to see results. So buy a cute one! My cuteness is a colored Blender Bottle. One full – size blender bottle is 20 oz.
- Use a straw. I especially do this when I am drinking out of a regular glass (non – water bottle).
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. I prefer room temp, but drink whatever temperature you like. I like to fill a blender bottle the night before and leave it out on the counter so it is ready right when I wake up.
- If you’re like me and cannot drink plain ‘ole water, chop up some fruit and fresh herbs. I know you’re heard of this before, but have you ever tried it?! Some of my favorite go – to’s are cucumber and basil; cucumber, mint and lime; strawberry, lemon and basil. Crisp and refreshing! If I have an upset stomach, or I am super hungry before bed, I drink hot water with a lemon squeezed in it. Also, helps relieve constipation!
- I make sure to drink a minimum of two 20 oz. blender bottles when working out. I drink an entire one during my strength training (which I do first) and then I drink a second 20 oz. bottle during / after my cardio. If my cardio consists of stairs and / or the bike I can drink and entire bottle during cardio and I also make sure to get another in afterwards. If my cardio is the elliptical, cross trainer and / or treadmill work, I will drink 10 oz during my cardio and finish the remainder afterwards.