26 Practical Steps to a Healthier You: Drink About Half Your Body Weight in Ounces {Week 17}

For the next 26 weeks I will be sharing a different way you can become healthier in your daily life. Some of these suggestions have to do with food or exercise, others have to do with lifestyle changes, but all of them are practical and relatively easy to execute. You may already be practicing some of these habits, but hopefully you’ll be inspired by at least one or two new ideas you can begin to implement.

Drink About Half Your Body Weight in Ounces

Did you know 60% of your body weight is water?! Every system in your body is dependent upon water. Your brain alone consists of 90% water! Muscles are about 75%, bones 22%, and blood 83% water. Though doctors vary slightly in their opinions about how much water each individual should drink, all of them agree that drinking water is crucial to one’s overall health. Some doctors say you should drink 8 glasses of 8oz every single day (it’s easy to remember, so you can use this rule of thumb if it helps). Others say you should drink half your body weight (lbs) in ounces of water. So determine this ratio, divide your body weight by two.

Body Weight / 2 = Ounces of Water You Should Drink Daily

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SIGNS YOU’RE NOT DRINKING ENOUGH:

-You get frequent headaches.
-Your urine is bright yellow.
-You have dry skin.
-You have kidney problems.
-You are constipated.
-You experience muscle cramps.
-You feel uncharacteristically fatigued.

BENEFITS OF DRINKING ADEQUATE AMOUNTS OF WATER:

Increases Energy

Drinking water is the fastest route to more energy. As I mentioned earlier, your body is made up of about 60% water, so you cannot live for more than a week without it. Water distributes nutrients throughout your body and it helps remove waste products from your body. It plays so many roles in your bodily functions that it’s no wonder you feel sluggish when you’re dehydrated.

Curbs Hunger

When one is lacking the essential nutrient of water, you feel hungry because your body is trying to motivate you to get the nutrient your body is lacking. This is why sometimes when you feel hungry you may actually just be thirsty. Even when your body is indeed hungry, water can help suppress your hunger. If you are trying to lose weight, drinking more water will help you achieve this end.

Improves Skin

When you are properly hydrated nutrients are carried to all of your body’s cells, nasty toxins are flushed out of your body, your circulation and blood flow improve, and you have a radiant complexion. Many skin issues such as dry skin, acne, wrinkling, or aging can be avoided by drinking adequate amounts of water daily.

Supports Joints

Water provides the needed cushion for your joints, lubricating and protecting them from injury. The moisture received from your body’s water keeps your joints flexible and strong so that you can move without pain. If you have a history of joint pain it is especially crucial for you to drink enough water.

WAYS TO STAY HYDRATED:

1. To get your day off to a good start, drink 16oz of water upon first waking up.
2. Drink 16oz immediately after working out.
3. Carry a water bottle around with you all day long.
4. Sip tea throughout the day.
5. Put it on your to-do list and check off every time you drink 8-16oz.

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6. Drink at least a full cup of water with every meal.
7. Avoid sugary drinks that actually dehydrate you.
8. Check the color of your urine periodically. If it’s dark yellow, immediately drink a glass of water.
9. Try eating water-rich produce like apples, grapes, celery, watermelon, and lettuce.
10. Save money and reduce calories by choosing water when you eat out at restaurants.

 

What do you do to ensure you drink enough water every day?

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