Want To Step Up Your Water Intake? You Need To Read This First.
The most important things you should do when going down the cleaneating path is to drink enough water every day. Again we must admit that it sounds easy but look around you and observe your friends or coworkers and you will quickly realize that drinking enough water is actually not as easy as one might think.
Your Body & Water
Your body is composed of about 60% water. Your brain is about 85% water, your blood is 80% water and your muscles 70%. Drinking enough water means that you keep your body and its functions in balance. If you neglect your water balance, your body might get out-of-balance – not recommended. You can survive for weeks without food, but only about three days without water. Water is key for survival and your health.
Just plain water?
Keep in mind that you should drink water and just water. Taking shortcuts via soda or even alcohol is a no go. Soda and alcohol as well as tea and coffee take away water from your body. Yes, they steal tremendous amounts of water from the body.
Another point to consider is that lack of water (dehydration) is the trigger for many illnesses. Feeling dizzy? Daytime fatigue? Tired? Count the liters of water you have consumed and it is most likely that you haven’t had enough water.
Water is the best thing you can do for your body. It flushes out all toxins, it helps your bowl movement, it helps you with controlling your calories intake. Water is just great. So we encourage you to drink enough water every day.
The thing to consider is that you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. You gain some water with your food (about 20%) but it isn’t not enough. You also have to take into account your circumstances. If you are living in a warm country, you need more water as your body is using more water to cool you down. When you exercise your water needs are also much higher as you have a much higher body temperature when doing sports.
How much water should I drink?
According to the Institute of Medicine an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day (healthy adult living in a temperate climate).
Special circumstance like illness (e.g. fever) or pregnancy mean that you want to drink more water. Many people do not know, but you can drink too much water. It is very uncommon, and called hyponatremia. Your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the mineral content of the blood is diluted, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood.
One last note before you take a glass of fresh tap water: try not to drink water from those cheap plastic bottles. They usually contain dangerous toxins that leach into your water. Plus, they charge you big $$$ for essentially purified tap water which is also cleaned from all the nice minerals your body craves for. It is an expensive and ineffective scam.
The best thing is to buy yourself three good pairs of (toxin free) water bottles. Our favorite water bottle is this one. We keep one at work, one in our sport bag and one at home. The best thing about this bottle is that you can keep track how much water you have consumed all day.
It takes a while to make it a habit, but drinking one zip every hour from your bottle and your are on your way to a much healthier body and you will feel the effects in a very short time.
One last tip: you can spice up your water with mint, strawberries and other fruits and herbs to make it tastier. Just let it soak for half an hour or buy yourself one of those fruit infuser bottles. Just in case plain water is too boring for you.