If you’re like me, you’ve researched how much water you need to drink every day and come up with nothing but conflicting opinions. The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says women need an average of 11.5 cups or 2.7 liters of water each day. But two of the most common theories is to drink half of your body weight in ounces or eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day. With all the different information, I decided to eliminate the guesswork and rely on the most dependable resource for my answer. I decided to listen to my body.
When I don’t have enough water, I am tired, hungry, bloated and suffer from joint pain, low energy, dry skin, constipation, headaches and I cannot lose weight. Now that I pay attention, it’s crazy how much I notice the difference in how I feel without the hydration my body needs. I have tried to drink 8 glasses a day and 2-3 liters, which coincidently is around half my body weight in ounces, and I still just didn’t feel like I was getting what my body needed, so I increased my water intake until I figured out my sweet spot and you can too.
As it turns out, I personally need about 5 liters of water a day, which is 150 ounces, quite a bit over any recommendations I have found. Yes, that is over a gallon and yes, I pee all day long and carry a giant 2-liter jug of water around to refill my Yeti anytime I leave the house for more than two hours. On top of that, I try to drink most of it before dinner so I can sleep through the night without waking up to potty. I never seem to put down my drink but the amount of energy I have from all that water is pretty amazing. I’m not saying that you need 5 liters of water a day, I’m saying that you need to discover how much water your body needs each day. Here’s how I determined how much water is enough for me.
I know that I am getting enough water when I have no swelling in my fingers, no tummy bloat, clear urine, and I have one regular bowel movement a day. That’s a little TMI, but water really is the key to solving all of your potty issues and getting enough water is a huge part of your overall health. I’ve also noticed on my weight loss journey over the last year, that if I hit a plateau with my weight, I’ve usually been slacking on my water. So I don’t know how much water you need, but I’m betting it’s more than you are getting and it’s going to take some effort to increase it. Here’re the tricks I use to ensure I’m hydrated every day no matter what is going on. These 5 tips will be all you need to drink your daily water!
- The 10 Gulp Rule
Every time you pick up your water for a drink, take 10 big gulps. You’ll get in your ounces faster than you can imagine with this simple yet effective technique.
- Set Alarms
I used to set an alarm on my phone to fill up my drink every two hours and if I wasn’t finished with my 30-ounce cup, I would finish it when my alarm rang. Now I am so used to the times, I don’t need the alarms anymore. For me, it is 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm, so I see those times and I know to check my cup.
If you like apps, Waterlogged will help you stay on track. I like how you can set your own daily goals, get little water sounds to remind you and track your intake by different preset bottle sizes.
- Leave Prepared
Like I said, if I know I am leaving the house for more than two hours, I carry my 64-ounce insulated water jug with me in addition to my regular cup. That gives me 3 liters while I’m gone. If I run out of water while I’m out, I will usually just wait until I get home rather than stop and buy some, so this ensures I’ve got what I need to stay hydrated. There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of the day and chugging water to get in your ounces.
- Morning Hydrate
I wake up and immediately consume 1 liter of water. My rule for myself is that I cannot have my coffee until I’m done with my water. Trust me when I tell you that I get that liter in at lightening speeds each morning. #coffeeaddict
If you are feeling sluggish, hungry, can’t lose weight or just don’t know how much water you need each day, tune into your body. Start by drinking half of your body weight in ounces and add to it until your body responds with energy, smooth digestion and, clear urine. Once you figure out what amount of water your body responds to, use these tricks to make it happen every single day. I promise you that if you prioritize your hydration, you will drastically change your health.
Friends, I’m not a doctor and this is not medical advice. This is my personal experience and you should always consult with your doctor before making changes to your diet and for all of your health decisions.