GASP! I can drink water wrong?!
Yep. The easiest way being, by not doing it at all, obviously. That one doesn’t count.
But yes, you really can. I didn’t believe it either, until I put some practices into play and found out for myself. I don’t expect you to believe me either. I’m not a doctor or even a nutritionist. I am a person who has learned everything I know (and don’t know) by years of trial and error…and research.
So, if you want to save yourself some of that, here are the top 6 ways you’re drinking water incorrectly.
- You’re not drinking enough or you drink too much- We’ve all heard that we should drink eight 8 oz glasses of water per day. Wrong. Your thirst should be your guide. I’m not saying you should convince yourself that 8oz of a water a day is plenty, you know better. However, we get about 20% of our daily water from the foods we eat (ex. a cucumber is 96.7% water), and this is a good thing! It’s less water we have to drink (for those who don’t care to drink it) and we benefit from the extra nutrients found in those foods. Try to incorporate foods high in water in your diet for all kinds of added healthy bonuses.
- You hate water, so you gulp it down- No, no, no. Sip.Your.Water. Sipping your water is how your body absorbs this vital resource. If you’re a gulper, have you noticed that it “goes right through you”? That’s why! Take notice, once you start sipping, your body will absorb it and send it where it needs to go, instead of sending you…going. Also, if you’re a serious runner or a particularly salty sweater, you can harm yourself by downing water too quickly.
- You’re not adding lemon to your water- Not only does lemon give bland water a zing, it can also help you lose weight. The vitamin C from the juices that seep into the water will help your body curb cortisol levels; and that’s good news since cortisol is the stress hormone that tells your body to store fat.
- You’re leaving a glass by the bed each night- Not necessary and not good for your sleep! You should taper off liquid consumption about 3 hours before bedtime, so that the water you consume has time to do its job and not interrupt your zzz’s.
- You’re not starting your day with water- You just went (hopefully) 8 hours without hydration. One of the key ways just jump-start your metabolism is to start your day with 20–32 oz of water, before eating or drinking anything else. You’ll have less bloating, more energy, and a smaller appetite. To get things “moving” even more, try the first 8 oz warm with lemon.
- You’re still drinking water from a plastic bottle- BPAs. Guys. This stuff is gross. Invest in a travel bottle. They have them at most big box stores, you can get one from Amazon, myriad places. They aren’t expensive. When I bought my home, for the first time ever, I was dealing with well water. Well, it was not the best tasting or smelling water I had dealt with. I live in the middle of nowhere, and our water is full of iron. So, I invested in a filtration device that fits over my tap in the kitchen. Cheap and easy. Now, when I leave my house, I fill two refillable glass bottles for the car and my glass bottle that I consistently drink from. For reference purposes, I leave the house with 80 oz of water. I may not drink all of it while I’m out, I may need to refill while I’m out. But I have the means to do so, because I come prepared! I also throw in some lemon in all 3 bottles :)
If you don’t do anything else for yourself health wise this year, drink water. And do it better than you ever have before. And hey, share this with someone else. You never know who could benefit.