You’ve probably heard the importance of drinking 2L of water daily. But perhaps you don’t really know why you need to drink so much water or if this is relevant to you. And besides, the more you drink the more you’ll need to hit the washroom, right? Which can be inconvenient. We understand. Let’s explore the subject a bit more.
The benefits of water are numerous. Good hydration helps:
- regulate body temperature
- detoxifies your system
- helps boost metabolism by up to 30% after drinking
- protects your organs
- helps with nutrient absorption
- moisturizes the air in your lungs
- protects and moisturizes your joints
But how much is enough? The general rule is to drink half of your body weight (lbs) in ounces. So if you are a 150 lb woman, you would need to drink 75 oz of water daily. One cup of water is 8 oz. So, a 150 lb woman would ideally drink about 10 glasses of water per day (or 2.3L daily). Of course, if you drink a lot of coffee or soda, you should up your intake. These beverages are very dehydrating to the system and you’d be better to increase your water consumption 1:1 for every diuretic you drink. Another note, if it’s super hot outside or you exercise enough to bring on a sweat, well, you’ll need to drink even more water. Essentially, if you’re ever feeling thirsty, you’re probably already dehydrated.
What about your trips to the washroom? The bladder is a muscle. And just like any other muscle, it needs to be put to work. By slowly increasing your water consumption, rather than going from 2 glasses to 10 glasses in one day, your body will adapt and adjust to this increase of pressure in the bladder. As the muscle strengthens, you’ll be able to hold onto the contents of your bladder for longer periods of time. Easy does it!
Need some ideas to increase your water content? We have 5 tips for you. Try adding one or all of them this week. But important to note, for optimal digestion, you want to drink your water outside of meal times. Drinking a lot of water during meals will slow down the digestion of your food. Take a few sips while you eat and drink your water between your meals.
Hopefully, these ideas give you the inspiration you need to increase your water intake. Start slowly and carry around a fun water bottle with you wherever you go. You can now purchase water bottles that will automatically link up to your smartphone to make tracking that much easier. With a bit more commitment, you’ll be feeling more bubbly in no time. Pun intended ;P
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