Hydration

WHY DO YOU NEED TO HYDRATE?

We know that our body depends on water to survive, but it’s still hard sometimes to remember to drink enough glasses of water throughout the day, especially if you have a busy schedule. The majority of your body composition is water, which is why your organs need to be hydrated in order to work properly. Many studies show differing amounts of water needed to hydrate your body. In my experience, hydration is a close second to sleep when you are improving your wellness. Good clean water is essential every day. If you feel thirsty, you have probably waited too long to hydrate yourself.  Why hydration is so important.

We believe that there is a certain amount of water needed for daily function and if you are extremely active or have goals such as weight loss, you may require different amounts. When we talk to clients about weight loss, we recommend ½ body weight in fluid oz of water. For example: If you weigh 150lbs, we would recommend 75 oz of water a day. Sounds like a lot of water, but if you spread it out during the day, you can achieve it! One tip: Measure out the total amount at the beginning of each day so that you can pace yourself.

Water fuels the organs, helps with elimination and it can even help in your weight loss journey since you tend to eat more when you are really thirsty. Pay attention to the color of your urine – a dark, amber color means you’re dehydrated!

Many women tend to have problems especially after pregnancy with bladder control and actually start to avoid drinking water. They may not want to drink enough water in the evening because they might wake up in the middle of the night. BUT, avoiding water is never a good idea. If you have concerns with your bladder, look into talking with your doctor or incorporating Kegal exercises.

Here are a few tips on keeping hydrated:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. Carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with water.
  • Fill with water, ice and some herbs like match cucumbers and mint or fruits like lemons, limes and oranges. The taste is wonderful and refreshing. Be creative.
  • Aim for 100oz of water for weight loss to eliminate toxins.
  • Find hydration in foods like fruits and veggies.
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, get on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, during meals and before bed. Or, make it a point to drink a small glass of water every hour. In other words, don’t wait until you feel thirsty!
  • Instead of thinking about water being a chore, think about it being an essential part of your daily life. Make it fun! Look around at Walmart, Target and other stores for large clear containers.

Have you started being more mindful with your water intake? Have any of these tips worked for you? Email me at alison@alisonandco.com. Drink up!

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