An estimated 75% of Americans live in a state of chronic dehydration. Think about that for a second. 75%!
Everyone knows “water is important” but do we really get why?
Probably not, so here it goes:
Why Drinking Enough Water is Important
- An adequate amount of water is required for liver and kidney detoxification. All the more important if we drink alcohol or expose ourselves to “unclean” beauty and cleaning products.
- Water helps you go to the bathroom. If you deal with constipation, chances are it’s worth taking a look at your water intake.
- Water gives you energy and makes you feel good. Suffer from fatigue, low energy, achy joints? Could be lack of water.
- Water makes your skin look amazing. It’s not a myth. Water is key to plump, glowing skin. Before you spend hundreds on anti-aging beauty products, start working from the inside out.
- Water is incredibly important for performance and recovery. Not kidding — a 1% level of dehydration leads to a 10% decrease in performance. Want to do better in the gym? Drink water.
How to Drink More Water
Now, you may totally get why water is important but still have a hard time drinking enough. It’s understandable, and true for most of us. But we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you get more H20 in.
- Invest in a good water bottle. The key to drinking more water is making sure you always have it on hand. We love Hydro Flask — vacuum insulated stainless steel bottles that keeps your water cold and is good for the environment. Pro tip: buy the straw lid so you can be lazy and drink water while laying down on the couch 🙂
- Commit to 10 sips every time you pick up your bottle. If you have a hard time getting enough water because you’re busy or just forget, make the goal to take 5-10 sips of water every time you pick up your water bottle. By that logic, you should be drinking 5 to 10 times more water a day with little change in your habits.
- Mix in BCAAs. BCAAS (or branched chain amino acids) are a supplement that probably get more hype than they deserve but they are a game-changer if you don’t love the taste of water. They come in tons of fun flavors that you can mix into your water without adding calories. We don’t recommend doing this for every bottle of water that you drink, but it can certainly help you get in more.
- Start early. If you wait until the evening and start chugging water, you’re going to spend most of your night waking up to go to the bathroom which is not ideal. Like anything else, try to get a head start early in the day so you’re not playing catch up later in the day.
How Much Should You Drink?
You should aim for 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water plus another 15-ish ounces. So if you’re 150 pounds, you’ll aim for 90 ounces of water per day. Of course, if you got in a sweaty workout or it’s a warm day, you’ll want to get in more but this formula is a great baseline.
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