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New Habit – Drink More Water!

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Why are some days easy to keep up with your daily need of water and other days it seems like such a chore?!

Did you know that nearly 50-80% of Americans do not drink enough water? Guess who’s a part of that statistic? This girl. I always carry a stainless-steel reusable water bottle wherever I go but I forget to drink it. I’ll take a sip here and there but sometimes, when I’m out and about running errands, I don’t take a sip at all. So bad, I know. So, I need to do something about it. We all need to do something about. How about a challenge? Something to hold us all accountable. Water is SOOOOO good for us. And Lord, I am so grateful we have clean, healthy water at our fingertips. So here we go…let’s get pumped about drinking water!

A few fun facts to get you motivated…did you know that your body is made up of 50-75% water and that water helps aid in weight loss?! Water helps prevent wrinkles; helps with digestion and moisturizes the skin to maintain its texture and appearance and boosts skin health and beauty. It regulates body temperature and blood pressure. It removes toxins, helps you store energy and it boosts your metabolism. It also helps boost your performance during exercise! Let’s cheers to all of that!

Now, I have not done enough research on the benefits of water and autoimmune diseases, but I do know that water helps our organs perform properly and it helps with digestion, so I would imagine that drinking water is another key component in keeping those of us with an autoimmune, in tip-top shape!

Since our body cannot store water, we need a fresh supply every day. The amount we need all depends on your weight, age, gender, where you live and your activity level. It was once said that everyone should drink 8 (8oz each) glasses of water. Many are discovering that that is not enough. It is not a one size fits all.

After my own research, I like to follow the guideline of drinking my daily water intake based on half my weight in ounces. Also, since I work out every day, it is necessary to add in 12 ounces of water to my daily intake for every 30 minutes I plan to workout.

So, based on those calculations: half my bodyweight in ounces + 12 ounces per 30 minutes of workouts (all my workouts are 60 minutes so I will be adding 24 ounces per day to my total) my total water intake in ounces per day should be….drumroll….about 82.5 ounces. That’s a lot of friggin’ water!

Okay everyone…what is your total water intake you should be drinking? Let’s all get in the habit of getting the amount our body needs each day! I need you guys to help me! Who is in this new habit with me??

“Never allow anyone to take away your sparkle. Be kind and laugh and love often.”

Cheers, Tracy

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