Today, I want to talk about water.
I know, I know, boring topic. But just hear me out, pals.
The human body is made up of about 60% water. Sometimes it's more, sometimes it's less, depending on how much you weigh and your lifestyle. Even so, more than half of our body is made of water, and still most people are dehydrated.
We just don't drink enough water. And why should we, when there's so many other fun things to drink? I mean, there's soda, energy drinks, and don't even get me started on the alcoholic beverages.
Well, for starters, we need water to live. And not just to remain alive, but to thrive. We lose water all the time. When we sweat, which is all the time, even if we don't notice it. When we cry. When we pee. And while we're on the subject of uh...eliminating waste, we also need water to poop regularly.
Yes, I went there. The more dehydrated you are, the harder it is for you to poo. I learned this when I was pregnant. TMI? Alright then, back to my point.
On average, we are supposed to be consuming about 30-50% of our body weight (in ounces) of water a day. So if you weigh 100 lbs, you should be consuming 30-50 ounces of water a day. Now weigh yourself and try to remember the last time you drank half of that number, in ounces, of water in one day.
I for one know that I suck when it comes to drinking enough water, so I've decided to challenge myself. I'm a competitive person, and when something is a challenge, I like to do my best to rise to the occasion and be a conqueror.
So, I did what any health-conscious millennial would do: I downloaded an app!
This app is awesome. My husband actually showed it to me back in January, so I have to give him credit for finding it. It's called My Water Balance, and I love it because you can add in other beverages and it will add the amount of water in that beverage to your total amount of water for the day.
Basically, there's water in everything, so you don't actually have to consume straight water in order to get your ounces in. Don't get me wrong, you still need to drink good ol' fashioned H2O on the regular, but all 30-50 ounces doesn't have to come from straight-no-chaser water.
I've challenged myself, starting Sunday, to drink nothing but water for 40 days. I will allow myself to cheat on Friday evenings with one non-water beverage, but mostly, I will be drinking water. They say it takes around 40 days to build or break a habit, so that's why I picked that number.
I have many motivations for doing this. I mean, I need to be healthier over all, but also, dehydration contributes to a lot of health and beauty problems. Skin problems like acne, dryness, or overactive oil production can all be symptoms of dehydration, and there isn't a moisturizer or serum on the planet that can cure you like drinking water can.
So there it is. I've put it out there for all to see, so I'm hoping that will keep me accountable!
Are you drinking enough water? If so, how do you stay motivated to do so? Let me know!