Your body works better when it’s hydrated.
Water is your friend. I always encourage people to make small changes, and drinking enough water is one of the easiest changes you can make.
Start with a trickle. Starting small may be just adding in an extra glass of water with a meal, or swapping out another beverage for water during the day. That old adage of eight glasses a day does not have to be your goal. In fact, everyone’s hydration needs are different.
However, if you’re wondering where to start, most adults need approximately one ounce of water for every three pounds, or about 50 ounces for a 150-pound person. Add in another 12 ounces for every 30 minutes that you work out.
Why focus on hydration? Simple, everything in your body works better if you are hydrated. It boosts metabolism, aids muscle repair, improves digestion, and helps circulation.
Another important boost is that water can help you feel full. All too often, we confuse thirst with hunger. So when you’re about to reach for a snack, stop and get some water into your system and then see if you’re still hungry.
Water in many forms. Water all by itself is all you need, but if you’re used to sweeter beverages, try adding some fruit slices to your water. It doesn’t just have to be lemon or lime; think watermelon, cucumber, or even strawberry.
Lastly, staying hydrated isn’t just about chugging water non-stop. Hydration also happens through eating, especially fruits and vegetables. Include food with a high-water content in your meals, such as cucumbers and juicy oranges. When you stock up on a variety of fruits and veggies, you’re also stocking up on water.
Whether you just start with an extra glass of water a day or seek out foods with high water content, the important thing is to keep trying. If you’re looking for a quick way to jumpstart your water intake, check out the Mindful 7-Day Hydration Challenge.