The dog days of summer are here and WOW, it’s hot outside, people! Are you taking care to nourish yourself in this intense heat?
Of course, it’s super important to stay hydrated, and let me tell you, the FDA-recommended 64 ounces of water a day just doesn’t cut it.
Especially in this heat. And especially if you sweat and/or drink alcohol or drink caffeine (they’re diuretics that cause you to lose fluids by way of urination).
My recommended daily water intake is 90 to 120 ounces per day. I know it sounds like an overwhelming amount, but there are several ways to make drinking this much water easy and accessible. When you start to adequately hydrate yourself you will experience some noticeable, positive shifts!
When you drink more water, you will notice:
- More energy
- Clear, glowy skin
- Better digestion
- Stronger workouts
- Increased ability to lose weight
- Balanced appetite and stable hunger hormones
- Natural detoxification
- Elimination of cravings
The best way to boost your hydration level is to carry a water bottle, and ideally a large one, with you everywhere you go. This way you can keep track of ounces.
Give yourself checkpoints throughout the day. For example, by lunch make sure you’ve finished one full 32-oz bottle. By the time you leave work, another. And a third by the time you go to bed at night. Once you develop the habit, you’ll likely be exceeding three 32-oz bottles a day without even thinking about it!
Here’s what’s also important…
Part of living a healthy lifestyle is being a good steward to your environment.
This includes the amount of resources you use and the amount of waste you leave behind! As I health coach I push constant hydration and carrying a water bottle at all times. But think about the amount of dollars you would spend each day drinking that amount out of plastic, disposable water bottles–for something that is completely free, clean and readily available in our country. How wasteful and unnecessary!
Don’t be one of those people.
In addition to it being an expensive and hugely unnecessary habit, it’s leaving a huge impact on the environment.
Here are some shocking facts and major reasons to ditch your disposable water bottle ASAP and replace it with a reusable one:
- Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year.
- Making bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 17 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year. And that’s not even including the oil used for transportation.
- The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.
- Antimony, which is found in PET plastic bottles, in small doses can cause dizziness and depression; in larger doses it can cause nausea, vomiting and death.
- The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes.
- Every 27 hours Americans consume enough bottled water to circle the entire equator with plastic bottles stacked end to end.
- In just a single week, those bottles would stretch more than halfway to the moon–155,400 miles.
- The federal government does not mandate that bottled water be any safer than tap water – the chemical pollution standards are nearly identical. In fact, bottled water is less regulated than tap water.
It would be an economically and environmentally smart investment to get yourself a high-quality reusable water bottle!
These are some of my favorites:
- lululemon’s Refresh Hot/Cold Bottle – reasonably priced, well-insulated and the best little pop top for slow sipping without the spill
- Yeti’s Rambler 36 – the best insulation to keep your water icy cold for days, a bit bulky, but durable as heck
- Hydro Flask’s 32 oz Wide Mouth – slightly less insulated than the Yeti, but easier to tote around, more affordable and will still keep your drink nice and cold; also comes in lots of fun colors
When possible, stay away from plastics–even the BPA-free ones!
3 Benefits of Adding Lemon to your Water:
- Electrolytes. Lemons have a high concentration of electrolytes (one of the best natural sources) and will help keep you hydrated
- They’re a natural liver astringent. Boost your body’s detoxification abilities with lemons and buffer your immune system.
- They are highly alkalizing. Despite their acidic taste, lemons help to balance your internal pH.
A lemon a day keeps the doctor away!