“You’re not drinking enough water.” “You’re dehydrated.” “ You have a headache because you’re dehydrated.” I have heard these sayings my whole life and honestly, they were right. The truth is I never wanted to drink as much water as the experts recommended. I mean who has time to sit around and drink water all day? It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my first child that I started to be more aware of how much water I was truly drinking. I'll just say it wasn't near enough what I SHOULD be drinking. Over the past 10 years more and more articles have come out about the benefits of drinking water. A lot of them claim “drink more water you’ll have clearer skin, more energy, your headaches will go away” and so on. If you are interested in reading more about the benefits of water check out these articles:
As I get older and reach a milestone birthday this year, I have realized that maybe there is something to these articles and drinking more water. I slowly increased my water intake over the course of a couple weeks and now I drink an average of 120 ounces of water a day and it is easy peasy to do! I used to drink less than half of that and thought I was getting enough water. Boy was I wrong! Maybe those “experts” from the articles were right. I do have clearer skin, more energy and fewer headaches. How did I do it? I tried many ways including filling up a huge 100 ounce bottle first thing in the morning and trying to drink from it all day. This worked for a hot minute because a) the water bottle was so big I couldn’t really take it with me anywhere b) it took way too much time to fill it in the morning when my morning is already filled with getting the kids breakfast, getting them ready for school and then somehow trying to get myself put together for the day and c) it was really intimidating to try to drink ALL that water in one day! I tried refilling smaller bottles (like 15 – 20 ounce ones), but then I would lose track of how many times I filled it up. Plus when I was out and about running errands I would run out of water. It was a no win situation for me.
Let’s break down how I drink at least 120 ounces of water a day. It’s super easy and it all starts the night before.
Let’s add this all up!
30 ounces by end of breakfast
10 ounces warm lemon water
30 ounces by lunch
10 ounces at lunch
30 ounces (or more) by dinner
8 ounces at dinner
5 ounces tea
total: 123 ounces at least per day! Remember, most days in the week I am drinking more than 30 ounces in the afternoon, so this number would be higher.
Increasing your water intake is not as hard you might think. Remember, it’s all about finding the right water bottle and routine for your lifestyle.