We can never drink enough water. I mean, the body can sustain life without food for an extended period of time, as long as you’re getting enough water. That’s pretty incredible.
How much do you need? To be well hydrated, the average SEDENTARY adult female must consume 2.2 litres of water/day. The average sedentary male must consume 2.5. For active people, it’s recommended that they drink 4-8 ounces of water every 15-20 minutes during exercise.
Effects of Dehydration:
• When dehydrated it is MUCH more difficult to metabolize body fat, as it is a key ingredient in the metabolic processes. Water is required to burn/lose fat!
• Chronic dehydration has been linked to kidney stones and some forms of urinary tract cancer.
• Dehydration is the main cause of “Brain Fog” in adults (even more than sugar crash).
• Dehydration is often misconstrued as a hunger pang, pushing many people to overeat. Next time you feel hungry, try a glass of water first and see if you’re still hungry 15 minutes later.
Getting Enough Water:
Getting 3+ litres per day can seem daunting if you’re currently not consuming enough water… but a few strategies (and an adjustment period where you may need to run to the bathroom a few extra times, this will pass as your body adjusts over a couple weeks) can help bring you up to a healthy level.
• Have a 3L jug of water full at the beginning of the day and pour from it at work. The goal being to empty it by the end of the day.
• Place elastic bands around a 1L bottle of water. Every time you finish the bottle you move one elastic to the top of the bottle, the goal being to move all the elastics to the top.
• Put a 500ml glass of water beside your bed before you go to sleep, when you wake up in the morning, chug it! This has the added benefit of jump-starting your digestive system for the day as well!