12 Tips to Make Sure You Are Drinking Water the Right Way.
We all know that water is critical to good health and we’ve been barraged with the rules and warnings about water consumption. We are definitely wading in muddy water when it comes to how to drink water. This article aims to clear a few things up so that you can drink water the right way.
I have used the tips in this article myself. Recently my co-workers and I decided to do a water challenge. We all agreed to drink a gallon of water each day for 7 days straight. We all knew the benefits of drinking water but the challenge provided both support and accountability. Before I started my water challenge I put together a plan. I calculated the amount I needed in an ordinary day and made a few quick guidelines to keep me on track. After choosing the perfect 16 ounce (BPA free) water bottle, I calculated how much water an hour I needed to drink. By breaking down my intake, and giving myself achievable goals I was able to successfully reach my goal! I was more energized, my skin felt great, and my stamina was amazing during my workouts. Even better was that the challenge helped me create a healthy habit that I still embrace.
The amount of water you consume everyday plays an important role in maintaining good health. Drinking water regularly in an adequate amount has many health benefits. To maintain good health, experts have recommending eight to ten glasses of water a day. However, recommendations have been open for debate. Some experts say that the amount is different for each person depending on their size and activity level. Simply put, the larger and more active you are the more fluid you will need. According to Dr. Keith Ungar, of Functional Endocrinology of Ohio, “A good rule of thumb is to consume half of your body weight in ounces of water.“ [Click to Tweet]
Regardless of the differing advice, there are plenty of good reasons to drink more water. Water makes up about 2/3 of who we are. Every system in our body depends on it. Drinking water can improve your immune function, digestive system, mood, memory and complexion. Drinking more water can also help control your calorie intake, fight fatigue, boost energy, prevent dehydration and headaches. The health benefits of drinking water are vast and simple to achieve if you put your mind to it.
While there are plenty of benefits to drinking water it is also possible to overdo it. Assess your body’s needs, your activity level and the climate to decide the right amount for you. Below are some basic guidelines for drinking water the right way along with some great tips to help you add more water into your daily routine.
How we drink water is just as important as how much we drink. Drinking water the right way will help your physical body thrive. Dr. Keith Ungar encourages sipping water as oppose to chugging. Sipping water throughout the day will give your body the chance to absorb it. When you chug water, it is likely to run right through you robbing you of the benefits.
The temperature of your drinking water is also important. Sipping on cold water during your workouts will hydrate the body of lost fluids and help to cool down the core body temperature. Studies have shown that drinking cold water can actually boost your metabolism and burn up to an extra 70 calories per day. Sipping on cold water when you have a fever is also a method of cooling down the core body temperature. It is extremely important to sip water during a fever to keep from becoming dehydrated.
Ayurvedic medicine states that drinking warm water in the morning helps to stimulate digestion. Drinking water either warm or at room temperature can also help with headaches and inflammation because it helps to stimulate blood flow to the tissues.
With this in mind I have added some tips that have helped me to meet my goals.
12 tips to incorporate water into your daily routine
- Calculate the proper amount of water for you. Again, a good rule of thumb is to divide your total body weight in half and drink that amount in ounces.
- Track your daily water intake by adding an app to your phone. I recommend the free app Waterlogged. The app offers charts and reminders to keep you going. It is available for IOS and Android phones. Visit your app store to see what is available to you.
- Drink a glass of water when you wake up in the morning while your morning java brews.
- Designate your own BPA free drinking container for the day. Know the measurement so that you can keep track of your intake.
- Drink a glass of water with each meal. Add a slice of lemon to help your body gently detoxify.
- Drink a glass of water in between meals to curb your appetite.
- Make it a point to get up, take a short walk and get some water throughout the day. Set an alert on your phone to get you moving throughout the work day.
- Drink water before, during and after exercising to replenish your fluids.
- Challenge your co-workers, family and friends to drink more water throughout their day.
- Keep your water bottle in plain view so that you remember to drink.
- Trade that soda for a refreshing soda water. A great healthy alternative!
- Spice up your water with cinnamon sticks, mint leaves, cucumbers, sliced/frozen fruit, etc. [Click to Tweet]
Water is simply Mother Nature’s perfect beverage! I urge you to drink more water. Your mind, body and skin will thank you for it!
May 20, 2015
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, and Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians
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