But I don't like it. I don't want to drink water. It's has become a full time job making myself choke down even half of what I should be getting on a daily basis. So I am DEHYDRATED. It's painful and no fun and yet still, I fight myself on this every single day.
I sometimes add Mio flavoring to my water, but I wonder what all those chemicals are doing to me. I do love adding cucumbers. But my store was completely sold out of cucumbers this week! They didn't even have the expensive organic ones!!
So I thought I would remind myself why water is so important.
Let's first start with some symptoms of dehydration:
- Dry, sticky mouth
- Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
- Decreased urine output — no wet diapers for three hours for infants and eight hours or more without urination for older children and teens
- Few or no tears when crying
- Dry skin
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
Now here are some fun facts:
~ To function properly, a human body requires between 1-7 liters of water per day.
~ In 2004, the Food and Nutrition Board recommended that women should consume 2.7 liters of water and men should consumer 3.7 liters of water per day.
~ Area fitness experts recommend that 17-20 ounces of water should be consumed 2-3 hours before exercising.
But really, how much water should YOU drink every day?
Here's that calculation I mentioned above:
"The first thing you need to do is calculate how much water your body needs at rest. That's working at a desk, puttering around the house, reading and doing all of the other things you do throughout the day. This is your bare minimum water requirement – what your body needs to function.
The basic equation for determining this is by dividing your body weight in half. So, if you weigh 200 pounds, you would need 100 ounces of water per day if you're not doing anything strenuous. If you're working out, hiking, at a high altitude or outdoors a great deal, you're going to need to add to those 100 ounces."
"When you don't get enough water, every cell of your body is affected. When you sweat, you lose a lot of electrolytes, including sodium, potassium and chloride, which are essential to your body's functions. Pretty much all of your cellular communications revolve around sodium and potassium, including muscle contractions and action potentials. This is why you'll often get a cramp when you work out without proper hydration."
And how do you know if you're getting enough water?
"The easiest way to know if you’re drinking enough fluid is to look at the color of your urine. If you’re drinking enough water, your urine will be clear or pale yellow. A darker yellow means you aren’t drinking enough water.
People who drink enough water also usually have soft bowel movements. Hard bowel movements or constipation can be signs that you aren’t getting enough water."
I personally also notice I'm not drinking enough water if I put a hair rubberband around my wrist and the indent stays there for hours after I've removed it.
I have always wondered if electrolyte-infused water like Smart Water would help me. I don't really like Gatorade. Maybe it's the sodium but it makes me sick (Vitamin Water has similar calories and it doesn't make me sick, so I don't think it's the sugar). I am a pretty sweaty person but I haven't been beastly sweating lately. It has been pretty cold, so unless I'm in a crazy spin class, I'm only moderately sweating. So maybe if I were to drink electrolytes when I don't need them, I would just throw off my body more.
Anyway, I am curious about how you "force" yourself to drink water if you aren't excited about drinking it. Do you like adding fruit? Tell me your tricks! I have to stop doing this to myself!