Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Drink Your Water!

So everyone knows you should drink your water, right? I was always told 8 glasses a day, but as I researched that, I found that maybe we should be drinking a little more. I love using the Mayo Clinic's website for research, because it's all laid out so easy to understand, and no medical terms!

Here is what they say: The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

However, if you exercise, sweat, are sick, pregnant, etc., you need to up your water. See the article here, that tells you more about how much water you should consume. The body needs water to function properly. Even if you're slightly dehydrated, it's going to affect you!

Don't forget that what you eat also contributes to that total. For example, fruit and vegetables contain a large percentage of water.

I fill this water bottle every morning, and drink it while at work, along with my 2 cups of coffee. Sure, I have to go to the bathroom often because I drink so much, but it's nice to step away from my desk every hour or so!

Did you know that often times you feel hungry when you're just thirsty? It's OK to feel hungry, but it's not OK to feel thirsty! Also, the colder the water is, the harder your body has to work to bring the temperature down, burning slightly more calories!

And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, buy a water bottle that you can reuse, and DO NOT BUY BOTTLED WATER!!! I'm a greenie :) It's one of my soapboxes.... I'm sure the others will surface eventually!


  1. I appreciate this entry - I went and filled up my green sigg bottle after reading it!

  2. It took me a while to get there, but I'm becoming a greenie too. The amount of waste in disposable water bottles is disgusting. When I saw how many we were going through it made me sick. For a family of 4 we were using probably a 48 pack every 5-6 days, sometimes more. Sure I'd recycle them, but stil, it's unnecessary. We now have about half a dozen reuseable water bottles in our house and use them regularly. Saves a ton of money too.

  3. i'm also a greenie and have that exact same water bottle. i keep a brita filter at my desk so that i have no excuse to buy a bottle of water due to the gross tasting tap water. i'm hoping to start an office trend!