Water is our lifeline as it serves as the basis to many of our bodily functions. Being made of approximately 70% water, we should definitely be more cognizant of what we drink. Currently I am breastfeeding and let me tell you, it’s draining (literally). I get super thirsty after each breastfeeding session with my daughter so I make sure I am replenished. If you wait until you are thirsty to drink water, you have already reached the point of dehydration.
Breastfeeding encourages me to drink. The recommended water intake is eight 8-ounce (64 oz) glasses of water daily. My intake of water averages 1.5 gallons per day. However, I stopped keeping count of my water intake because my demands have increased with my little girl growing. My thumb of rule is you know you are hydrated when your urine is clear or a very pale yellow. Another nifty tool you can use to calculate how many calories of water you should drink each day is divide your body weight (lbs) in half. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink at least 75 ounces of water each day. That's at minimum. If you are breastfeeding, exercising, drinking caffeine or taking a diuretic, you will require more.
I drink water in the form of regular filtered water and flavored seltzer water. From time to time, I add lemon or lime to my water to make it more refreshing. I have a 5-galloon water dispenser in my home so water is readily accessible. The best part of it all is that it is just $1.85 to fill one 5-gallon container. That’s a whopping $0.37 per gallon! Compare that to buying a single 16.9 oz. water bottle at your local gas station or convenient store.
Though I drink a significant amount of water each day, I always challenge myself to drink more. When I do, I feel refreshed. I feel cleansed with every gulp. My energy levels peak and it keeps my mindful to make healthful food choices. My skin stays clear and moisturized for longer. My hair and nail are stronger and longer. Lastly, I’m constantly clearing out my bladder. To most people, that may be an annoying drawback, but I view it my as bladder clearing itself of bacteria.
Take the challenge of increasing your water intake for one week and share your experience.