I read somewhere the the ideal amount of water one should consume in their day is their body weight divided by 2, in ounces. For me, at 240 pounds, that’s almost a gallon of water to drink a day. I rarely make that number, but when I do.
Yesterday and the day before, I stayed very hydrated. I hit the gallon mark last night at some point. Here are the benefits I received:
*I had no hunger throughout the day. (Bodies don’t know how to tell you they’re thirsty, so when your body asks for a drink, it says, “I’m hungry” and hopes you’ll give it something moist to eat. By drinking enough, you feel less hungry).
*I felt less sore after my workout. (Is this self-explanatory? Bodies use lots of water for processing things. It uses some to keep tissues supple. It uses some to flush out toxins. And that brings me to the next one.)
*I had quite a good “purge.” (Not to be gross, but lots of water goes right to the bottom line, so to speak, with regards to getting wastes out of the body. When you’re really hydrated, lots of stuff leaves the body. If you think about it, getting such stuff out of you is a great plan.)
(Yes, I’ll stop talking about fecal matters.)
The old thinking was that beverages other than water didn’t count against your daily hydration needs. The new thinking is that you can drink decaf beverages and still have your hydration needs met. The only sticklers in the hydration game are alcohol and caffeine. The first definitely takes away your moisture. The second mucks with it enough that you need to have even MORE water than that number I gave you above.
Most people complain/worry that by drinking so much, they’ll have to pee all the time. That’s true in the beginning. But our bodies are really brilliant things. They figure out a lot of the curveballs we throw. Unless you’re suffering a kindey-related illness, you’ve got the capacity to start taking in much more water and eventually get back to “normal” peeing time frames.
Is it because my daughter’s on the verge of potty training that I’m talking a lot about bodily functions?
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