I am trying to drink more water. Boy how things have changed in my lifetime! I remember the days when your only choice for getting a drink was to sidle up to a water fountain when one was available. Most often, the water was warm and funky tasting. Not all that appealing, if you ask me. There were no bottles of water or cute personal portable containers, unless you wanted to include the leaky one out of your lunchbox. Now, most water fountains will dispense cold (almost too cold) water, but the flavor is not much improved. You can buy bottled water that is purified, distilled, flavored, enhanced, colored, and from unique sources. Containers come in all the colors and materials you could imagine. There are so many choices that it can be overwhelming. Nevertheless, I hope to encourage you to make use of water fountains, water dispensers and water bottles as much as possible. Why? Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider drinking more water:
- Drinking water can help you stay alert and it does not have the side effects or addiction possibilities of caffeine.
- Drinking water can help you stay healthy. Dehydration slows your body down and keeps it from functioning at its best. If you are thirsty, you have already started down the road to dehydration.
- Drinking water can help your brain function at its best.
- Drinking water can help you lose weight.
How much water? There are two schools of thought regarding how much water a person should consume. One makes a blanket statement that eight-8 ounce glasses a day is a good target. The other group states that you should drink half your body weight in ounces each day. In other words, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water a day. Consuming juice, milk and other liquids can count towards your intake, but alcoholic beverages and those containing caffeine do not. The guidelines change (increase or decrease) if you are pregnant, nursing, living in a dry climate, experiencing extreme heat or cold, exercising frequently, running a fever, dealing with diarrhea, or trying to lose weight. Do your own research to make an informed decision. Remember that everyone who posts stuff on the internet has their own agenda, so read several opinions.
What kind of water? There is SO much information out there about what kind of water to drink. Everyone has their own opinion, own spin, own sales pitch and own advice. There are warnings of every kind about every kind of water. Sounds to me like a bunch of arguing salesmen, actually. So, my advice is to drink water. If you don’t want to spend the money on bottled water, distilled water, RO water, spring water, artesian water, etc., then just drink the water out of your tap. (Although, they say that is not a good idea, either. Apparently the chlorine and fluoride are harmful. Again, do your own research.) If you want more information so you can make an informed decision, do a search for “what kind of water should I drink” and read away! Again, remember that everyone who posts stuff on the internet has their own agenda, so read several opinions.
Tips and tricks A few things can make your goal easier. First, make it a rule to stop at every water fountain you see for a quick sip. Second, put a glass or bottle or fancy container of water on your desk, by the kitchen sink, by the bathroom sink, at the head of your bed or anywhere else that you visit often. When you notice the container, take a quick sip. You don’t have to guzzle the entire contents. Just a sip or two. Third, consider filling your glass with water at mealtime, at least for the first round. Then, fill it up with milk or juice or more water. Fourth, if you are a water-hater like me, consider looking into flavorings. I personally enjoy liquid stevia flavorings. There are a host of options with very few calories. It makes all the difference in the world to a water-hater. Last, experiment with different temperatures of water. Perhaps you are a cold water drinker, a warm water drinker, a hot water drinker or a room temperature water drinker. In the process, think of all the water you will consume!
On a side note…It is possible to drink too much water. You can die of water poisoning if you consume too much water in too short a period of time. What happens is that your body is overwhelmed with water which unbalances your electrolyte levels. Your cells absorb too much water and begin to swell leading to brain swelling and a host of other problems. Be gung ho, but not crazy!
Now go out there and drink more water…just not too much!