Posted: Mar 20 2018
It may not be on our to-do list, but we all have every intention to drink our minimum water intake every day. And then, life happens...
A busy schedule is just one reason why we forget to drink enough water or it could be the lack of taste. Whatever it is, here are 6 rules we follow to get our daily intake of water:
Calculate your water intake
As explained in last week's post, it's recommended that we drink at least half of our body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, a 150 lb person would need to drink at least 75 ounces a day.
Drink warm water
Or room temperature water. Drinking cold water can shock your digestive system, so try drinking warm water or room temperature to get things moving.
Keep water close by
By having water in front of you, you'll drink it more often. Bring a reusable water bottle in your bag or purse so you don't forget to hydrate.
If you don't love the taste of water, try adding fruit or herbs to make it more interesting. Berries, citrus, and mint are all great options.
Have a majority before lunch
It's easy to fall off the water wagon when your day gets busy, so schedule in designated drinking times and drink a majority of your water intake before lunch. This way, you won't dehydrate yourself all day and won't be running to the bathroom all night.
For example for a 150 lb person: drink 25 oz when you first wake up, another 25 oz 30 minutes before lunch, 15 oz 2 hours after lunch, 10 oz 30 minutes before dinner, and a small glass 2 hours after dinner and before bed.
Don't drink water with meals
Studies show that drinking water just 30 minutes before a meal can prevent overeating. Plus, some experts believe that water can dilute the enzymes used to break down food during digestion.