How to keep hydrated

By Juliana Kassianos, Transformational Fertility Coach, Yoga Teacher and Founder of The School of Fertility

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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KEEP HYDRATED?

  • Your body is made up of ~60% water

  • Key to survival

  • Maintain bodily functions

  • Flush out toxins

  • Boost your energy

HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I DRINK A DAY?

As a rough guide, drink between 64 ounces and 0.67% of your body weight. For example, if your body weight is 150 pounds, then you need to drink anywhere between 64 ounces and 100 ounces (0.67% x 150) of water per day.

THE AMOUNT OF WATER YOU NEED TO DRINK DEPENDS ON:

  • Your level of activity (how much you sweat)

  • How much caffeine or alcohol you drink daily. Both are dehydrating, so be sure you go “one-for-one” if you do choose to drink either (although they’re not recommended)

  • The temperature outside (hot summers require more water)

YOU CAN TELL THAT YOU’RE DRINKING ENOUGH WATER WHEN:

  • Urine is on the light side. If the urine is dark and there’s not much of it, then you’re likely not drinking enough

  • Urine is abundant. You have to empty your bladder about every two or three hours

When you first start to increase water consumption, you will be in the bathroom more often than you’re used to, but it will only last a few days and then the body will adjust. If you’re going to the toilet constantly, you could be drinking too much water.

“I DON’T LIKE THE TASTE”

  • Add slices of lemon, lime, cucumber or orange

  • Heat water and drink with lemon and ginger

  • Add nutrient rich powders

  • Add mint leaves

  • Drink herbal tea (iced or hot)

  • Use a drinking glass or ask you like

DROPLETS OF ADVICE

  • Avoid drinking from plastic water bottles and instead drink from a Bisphenol A (BPA) free ask. A lot of plastic contains BPA, which is a xenoestrogen (chemical endocrine disruptor)

  • Drink 20 oz (1-2 glasses) of water first thing in the morning. You’ve been asleep, so it’s time to hydrate

  • Set a timer to remind yourself to drink water, making sure you drink enough throughout the day

  • Drink filtered water if possible

  • Keep a pitcher of filtered water in the fridge at home or near your workspace with the amount of water you want to drink each day. This makes it easy to remember to drink water and to track your intake

  • Keep glass bottles of water in your car

  • Drink a glass of water before you exercise and sip water during your exercise

  • If you have digestive issues, drink most of your water between your meals, not during your meals


Juliana Kassianos