Let's face it, sometimes it is hard to drink enough water. That's especially true if we don't know how much is enough. I recently read that for proper hydration a person is to take their weight, divide it in half and that is the number of ounces of water you should drink...per day!
For me, that means roughly 230 pounds divided by 2 equals 115, so I need to drink 115 ounces of water per day. That is nearly a gallon of water per day for me. That is a lot of water!
The water jug I have pictured holds 74.4 ounces. That means I need to drink one and a half of these! To me, that seems like a lot of water, but it really isn't when you consider that the majority of our body is made up of water.
I also read somewhere that most of us spend most of our lives dehydrated to some extent.
Dehydration can lead to all sorts of problems including fatigue, lightheadedness and other things. A recent study also showed that dehydration can effect your mood, your energy levels and your ability to think clearly.
Most of us probably don't know we are dehydrated, but even having as small as 1.5% low water can cause problems.
In a group that I am in doing the 21 Day Fix (a workout and eating program--you may have seen the infomercials on it), our Coach gave us the challenge today and for the duration of our program, to drink at least a gallon of water per day. Since 115 ounces is pretty close to the gallon I was challenged to drink, I am working on it. I am not quite halfway there for today. But it is getting late, so I might not make my goal today. That won't stop me from trying again tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that and so on!
Let me know how you are doing and if you will try to take this challenge of drinking more water!
Until tomorrow, have a great day!