I have a challenge for you all this week. I want you to join me in trying to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water (at least) throughout the day, every day for the next week.
Why? Because there are so many benefits to being hydrated that it’s hard to count. Water is our life source. Without it, we fall apart.
Water Detoxes Your Body
Think about drinking water as a way to flush out your system. For your daily diet to work, you need to have proper hydration, which will help your liver function. If your liver cannot function, your body won’t break down fat, meaning it’s going to stick with you instead of being released into the bloodstream and broken up into proteins.
Water Increases Your Metabolism
That alone is enough to make me drink more. The body is made up most of water, so in order for it to function properly, it needs to be hydrated. Many of our bodily functions require water to work, including metabolizing foods.
How Much To Drink
Fitness and nutrition experts have said that drinking half your body weight in ounces of water will keep you hydrated. So, for a person who weighs 150 pounds, you’re drinking 75 ounces of water a day. That’s only about four 20-ounce water bottles a day.
It can seem like a lot, but there are tricks to making it seem way less taxing. My favorite is adding frozen fruit to the water bottle in the morning to act as ice and to flavor my water. Drop in a slice of lemon and you’ll get a splash of citrus. Super simple: try dropping two frozen strawberries and two spoonfuls of frozen blueberries in your water bottle.
I also find that having a water bottle with a straw instead of just a cap has helped me drink a lot more than I’d normally drink.
If you have any other tricks to reminding yourself to stay hydrated, let me know in the comments and let me know how you’re doing with the water challenge!