When I have a headache, the No. 1 thing people will ask me is “Have you had enough water today?” They ask for a good reason. Making sure your body has the water it needs is important.
There are multiple reasons. According to Greatist.com, roughly 60 percent of the body is water. By drinking water, we maintain the body’s fluid balance, “which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food and more.” Other benefits include clearer skin, improved thinking and even weight loss.
Although it is obvious that water is beneficial, there is debate about how much water people need to drink. The reality is that everyone needs to consume a different amount of water based on his or her body weight and lifestyle. For example, Californians live in a hot climate, so we need more water, especially when we exercise.
This week our Be BETTER challenge is to drink the right amount of water for your body. And you are going to do it without buying any bottled water (unless you are in a location without clean tap or filtered water).
Buy or use a water bottle that you can reuse for the full two weeks.
As silly as it sounds, feel connected to this bottle, and make the commitment together. Here is a great list of reusable water bottles by Real Simple. A Be BETTER favorite is the CamelBak Eddy .75, which allows you to drink from a nipple-like spout.
Every morning, fill the water bottle with ice and water before you leave the house.
Commit to drinking the right amount of calculated ounces. Use this online water calculator to figure out how much water you should be drinking every day.
Some of our favorite water-drinking tips can be found in the article “Water & 20 Tips For Getting Your 8 Glasses Daily”
- While at work, get a 20-ounce cup of ice and keep filling it from the office water cooler. The key is drinking with a straw -- you take bigger gulps and drink much more.
- Freeze little bits of peeled lemons, limes, and oranges, and use them in place of ice cubes. It's refreshing and helps get in a serving or two of fruit.
- Substitute a cup of hot water with a drop of honey or lemon for tea or coffee.
- When you have juice (apple, grape or orange), fill half the glass with water.
Drink water this week!
Written by Aly Simons