I have 3 TOP questions I always ask a new client when we meet. One of which is,”How is your Water?” The answer from many that I hear is “I could drink more,” or “I hate water,” or “does coffee count?” This every day is still such a shock to me and is why I really wanted to take the time to talk about you and water. I am in high hopes that the second you are done reading this, that you will be on your feet getting some water in your body. Let’s get you motivated, inspired, and excited to pound some good ol’ quality H20!
So Yeah, Yeah, Yeah you have heard it before and maybe you roll your eyes at this very moment. But trust me, if there is one thing I can promise you, it is that so many people are NOT drinking enough water. I can’t tell you how many of my new clients, or friends, and even family members I have that just do not drink enough water for their body. My goal is to remind you, motivate you, and even teach you some of my best tips on how to get more H2O in your body. I thought this would be a great time to talk about STAYING hydrated, sharing some tips to get you and your kids to drink more water, and give you the facts on how important H20 is.
Before I begin I would like to share that I was not always known as my current nickname which is: “Moni The Water Police.” You see although I was an athlete in college, I sure did not drink water like one. I recall the staples of pizza, beer, and the “what is water” kind of diet. So you see, no one is perfect. Once I learned how much better I felt and performed when I was well hydrated and refueled properly- the rest was history. I also hardly ever got sick once I made this simple change. True story.
If you know me, then you know I don’t give it a rest with how important drinking pure water and staying hydrated is. This is another controversial topic but regardless of what you hear you must understand the importance of hydration. Look at it this way; every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes out toxins, keeps your environment moist (think skin, muscles, organs, and bones), and most importantly carries nutrients to your cells. Not to mention helps you look and feel your best with providing you with energy.
Experts all say something just a little different on how much water to drink exactly. I will get to that in a minute. Plus all of us are different too with specific needs. Each person is going to have slightly different amounts due to how much water their body actually needs. It can depend on many factors such as your overall health, where you live, and your activity level; etc: are you a professional cyclist or a non athlete?
For now, one thing I can promise you, is that most people do not drink nearly enough water even though they think they do and therefore are dehydrated. Dehydration is having lack of water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can make you tired, drain your energy, make you feel achy, and not help you stay as healthy as possible. Sounds kind of intense for being so common right! Also remember that when you get the signs of thirst. It is too late – you are already dehydrated.
Plus, much of the time this can also mean you eat when you are really just thirsty, have lower energy, actually hold on to water weight, and really have no release to get the toxins and wastes out of the bodies.
When you are exercising make sure you understand the following:
A note to Women who are expecting or breast-feeding:
Women who are expecting or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are used especially when nursing. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 2.3 liters (about 10 cups) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume 3.1 liters (about 13 cups) of fluids a day.
Are you thirsty yet? I hope that all my easy tips help and that you learned a new thing or two.
I would love to hear from you! Are you getting enough water? Is this something you seem to struggle with? What tips have worked best for you?
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that I am not a Registered Dietitian. While my advice relies on my own personal experience and research, what has been successful for myself and others may be not best for you. You should always consult your doctor when making changes to your diet. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.