Tips for Drinking More Water + Why it’s Important

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We all have that friend who says they don’t like water. Personally, I don’t get this so if you’re that friend, please explain this to me! Seriously though. I’ve always been the one who loves water. Even as a kid it was my favorite beverage. I will always enjoy the taste. So if you don’t like it, please tell my why so I can understand because obviously not everyone will have the same opinion as me!

So, Andrew and I were walking back to our car after Taste of Chicago and we passed this guy talking to his girlfriend. I heard him say, “I’m allergic to water.” After we walked a little away, I said in a matter of fact way to Andrew, “You can’t be allergic to water. It makes up 60% of your body. Being allergic to it would mean you’re allergic to yourself.”

Apparently, it is actually possible to be allergic to water but it’s very rare.

This got me thinking about the importance of hydration. Water has so many benefits for our bodies that I could probably go on all day, but I’ll try to stick to just some highlights here for the sake of your time.

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We need water to survive.

Plain and simple. Ever heard of dehydration? It’s a real thing. It sucks. Ever been thirsty and your mouth starts to feel a bit dry? Yep. It’s not fun at all.

I want to talk about acne first. It’s an issue most of us face at some point in our lives. For me, acne decided to creep up in my 20s. (Side note: if I figure out how to get rid of it, I will be sharing immediately! Until then, I would love any tips you have)

I’ve read a lot about people who think drinking water has helped with their acne. This may be something to keep in mind. I haven’t read anything scientific proving it will help clear up a breakout but it’s definitely good for keeping your skin hydrated! If you’re using products that dry out your skin to treat your acne, it’s that much more important to drink tons of water to help keep your skin hydrated.

Other Functions of Water in the Body:

  • It protects the organs and tissues in the body
  • Water helps form saliva which is necessary for the digestive process
  • It helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients to make them accessible to the body
  • Regulates our internal body temperature through sweat and respiration
  • Helps prevent constipation

Let’s talk about the last one for a second. Drinking more water will not cure constipation but it will help prevent it. Basically, it helps soften the stool and move food through the intestines. Pretty cool, right? Okay so maybe you don’t think it’s cool but I’m thinking you agree that it’s important.

Also, from my personal experience, the more hydrated I am, the fewer symptoms I have including migraines. That’s a win-win for me!

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How much water should you be drinking?

It’s different for each person. Don’t you just love how everything in health is individualized?

If you’re a counter, aim for about half your body weight in ounces each day. This means if you weigh 140 lbs, you should be drinking about 70 ounces of water every single day.

Personally, counting bores me and I just can’t keep track. A good rule of thumb (that requires zero tracking) is to be aware of your urine. Yep, your pee. Aim to pee clear. If your pee is dark, you should try to drink more water. I’m not saying it needs to be transparent but this is a good goal. Just try to keep it as light as possible.

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My number 1 tip for drinking more water is to keep a water bottle or giant mason jar with me at all times.  When I’m out and about, I make sure my S’well bottle is filled up and by my side. If I’m home or on a neighborhood walk, I keep my 32 oz mason jar with me. I’m sure you’ve seen me carrying it in my Instagram stories!

I fill these up constantly and am always drinking water. Yes, you will probably have to pee more often but there’s nothing wrong with that!

How do you stay hydrated on the daily? Share with me on my latest Instagram or in the comments below!

xoxo

Elizabeth

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Sources:

Mayo Clinic

USGS Water Science School

Everyday Health

 

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  • So important! I love water but get so busy that I still have to make a conscious effort every day to drink enough.

    xo,

    Rachel

    http://www.wayfaringrachel.com // @wayfaringrachel

    • I do that on the weekends sometimes. At work, I refill my bottle every time I leave my desk and it helps me remember to keep drinking more!