I know that when the yoga or spin instructor asks the class, "Are you drinking enough water?" I almost always think, "Of course, I'm drinking enough!" But am I really? There are countless reasons why to drink up, but do we really take them to heart? Doctors always ask the question, and we probably think we are, until we are asked to urinate in a cup and it's bright orange. A definite sign of not drinking enough water!
So why drink up? Our body weight consists of more than 50% water. To keep an improved digestive system, and bowels moving along, we need to be drinking at least eight cups of water a day. What exactly is eight cups though? I have cups of all different shapes and sizes. Here's an easy way to calculate how much you should be drinking: take your body weight, divide it in half. There you go! Drink that many fluid ounces of water a day. But let's be honest, more is always better.
I always carry a water bottle (large 64 oz.) where ever I go. I need my water to have flavor, so I always have halved lemon floating around. There are so many unmatched benefits to drinking enough water! My daughter claims to have longer eyelashes and faster hair growth due to her increased water intake.
When working out, more water is needed to replace sweating due to physical activity. Working in the yard or playing outside can also bring on bouts of illness, fever, and even vomiting if not enough water is consumed.
The Water Rule: drink at least half your body weight in ounces. Once it's a habit, you don't have to think twice.
My favorite water concoction will always be:
Water, Lemon, Liquid Vitamin Supplement: