5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Drinking 8 Glasses of Water a Day
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What’s the first thing they tell you to do when you’re dieting?
No, after they tell you not to call it “dieting.”
Drink lots of water.
Is that general enough? Yeah, too general for me too. So I dug a little deeper.
I can’t tell you how many sources sited 8 glasses of water a day. With a little more research you find out that those glasses are about 8 oz each.
The actual daily recommendation might surprise you.
The first time I ever fainted I was listening to someone tell me all about how sick they’d been with Mono. I consider myself a pretty sympathetic person. I tend to empathize easily and extremely impressionable.
A typical sixteen-year-old, living in Minnesota that summer, and not very active outside of gym class. As I listened to this person detail their experience I could see the edges of my vision begin to blur until I was looking through a dark tunnel and losing the light at the other end.
I went from standing to sitting in about two seconds. I’ll tell you the rest of the story in a minute.
Let’s get personal for a second:
Are you sick?
Are you pregnant?
Do you exercise? Yes, that includes taking the stairs and parking as far as you can from the grocery store doors.
Do you live near the equator?
If you answered yes, to any of the above then I can tell you that 8 glasses isn’t going to cut it, my friend.
About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men
About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
Only twenty percent of that is coming out of your foods (fruits, vegetables, and other foods with water in them).- that’s according to the Mayo 2017
Finding myself at sixteen and sitting on the steps of a new friend’s house and needing a glass of water and a bite of a danish to get my feet back under me taught me something very early. I was suffering from low blood sugar and dehydration. If a healthy teenager can’t survive without enough water then what about the rest of us?
Here’s what Mom had to say:
How important is water?
We definitely need to take in water to help not only keep things moving in our body but to keep things lubricated. When I don’t drink enough water, I pay the price.
So how did I get started?
I measure out how much I would need in a day. Each person’s body is different, so what is required is also different.
I find that drinking at least 8oz of water first thing in the morning has helped start the day off right. Drinking water before each meal will curb the volume of your consumption of food, therefore cutting down on how much food you will need to be satisfied. This is great for those of us who want to lose some inches.
See what other minds are saying:
Would you like some more information on this? I found this article in my research and thought it would be good to share.
“But I hate water!” You say.
Okay, sure, how much do you like being alive?
Sorry, was that over the top? Really, it’s a choice. I’m not going to force you to drink more water. But if your goal this year is to get healthy consider making water a daily part of that journey.
Want to see if I’m failing the challenge or succeeding? So does my mom 🙂 Check back. I’ll be updating my progress (or lack thereof, right here.)
If you’re interested in joining the challenge please let me know. I’d love to have some support on this little adventure. How do you feel about water? Leave us a comment below.