We all know water is vital to our daily lives. This zero calorie crisp and refreshing beverage can quench your thirst and energize your body. But if you’re thinking 8 cups of water a day is what your body needs, you’re sadly mistaken. So, how much water should you drink?
I know you’re probably thinking I’m crazy right now. You’ve learned in school 8 cups of water is what your body needs on a daily bases but that’s not entirely true. If men’s body is made up of 65% water and women 55% , do you think 8 cups/64 ounces of water is going to keep your body hydrated? Maybe if you’re 128 pounds. Now, you’re probably wondering where I got 128 pounds from and it’s really simple. Your daily water intake is calculated by dividing your body weight in half. Once you get your divided number, you have the amount of ounces you should be consuming daily. Still lost? No worries just follow along. If I weigh 200 pounds, I would follow the formula below:
200 / 2 = 100
I need to consume 100 ounces of water daily!
Super easy, right?!
Drinking the appropriate amount of water on a daily bases will:
Okay, let’s be real for a minute, I know drinking regular water can be a bit boring but you can always spruce it up by adding fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs for a new and yummy flavor. My favorite combination is adding a few thin slices of cucumber and a mint leaf; talk about refreshing! I also enjoy adding lemon, mangos, strawberries, raspberries, or basil to my water but the options are endless.
I also find consuming my water is easier if I break it up into increments. For example, if I need to consume 100 ounces of water a day, I’ll grab an empty 16 ounce bottle (the bigger the bottle, the better)and I jot down a reminder that I can stick in a visible place to fill up my bottle at least 6 times (16 oz. * 6 refills = 96oz. consumed) before the day is out.
If you aren’t a regular water drinker then I issue this challenge to you. Calculate your daily water amount and commit to drinking a certain amount of ounces each hour. At the end of the day, tally your total to see if you hit your goal.
The sheet below is a visual reminder that you can post anywhere! Tape or pin it in an area that you spend most of your time: bedroom, cubical, kitchen, etc. and try to stay on top of your water for one week. The first few days may be a struggle but if you stick with it, I guarantee you’ll feel a difference in your alertness, skin complexion, and weight by the end of your first week.
Do you have any awesome infused water ideas? If so, share them below!
Njeri is a lifestyle blogger with a focus in all things beauty and fashion. Her expertise also includes event corresponding, brand consulting, and encouraging people to find happiness by living their truths.