Today we’re talking about the importance of water. We know Cameron Diaz swears by it. But why? Well, not only does it help maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite, but it also helps fight wrinkles, helps maintain energy levels, flushes out waste and bacteria that can cause disease, prevents/alleviates headaches, aids in the digestion process, and helps decrease risk of certain types of cancers.
You’ve probably heard that you should drink 8 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Or maybe you’ve heard you should drink your body weight in ounces. I’m not going to tell you one is correct and the other is wrong, but I am going to tell you, again, how important it is that you’re drinking water. I generally try to drink at least half of my body weight in ounces, but the more I can drink, the better. It is SO HARD though. First, my office is so cold so the last think I want to be drinking is ice cold water. Second, my bladder is about the size of an almond so if I’m doing a good job drinking I’m running to the bathroom to pee every 45 minutes (TMI?). Third, it’s hard to keep track of how much I’m drinking. I’ve been working on my water habits, and although they’re not even close to perfect, they’ve significantly improved since I started using these little tricks:
- I take a water bottle to work and make myself drink at least one full water bottle while I’m there (or 2 depending on what size I grabbed that morning). Then when I get home, I have to drink another 1 or 2 bottles full, again depending on the size. When I have my 20 ounce bottle, I’ll make myself drink the entire thing in the morning, refill at lunch, drink it down again, refill before I leave or when I get home, and drink it down again. Then I know I drank at least 60 ounces that day, which is great for me.
- It also helps to add a few pieces of fresh fruit so you get a little hint of something delicious and it’s not so boring. And if you don’t like ice cold water, don’t drink it ice cold, duh.
- If you’re having the pee problem like me, try gradually increasing how much you drink. For example, if you’re drinking around 50 ounces/day right now, try increasing to 60 this week and 70 next week. True story–when Cedric first got on my case about my water consumption (he even made me read a book about the importance of water, y’all), I was drinking like 20 ounces a day. He made me set a goal for 30, then 40, then 50, etc.
I rounded up a few really cute water bottles for y’all. Water is SO, SO important. Get yourself one of these and drink up you guys! Xo, AL
p.s. check out this post for Cedric’s contact information and a workout 🙂