Water. Boring old water. For something so essential to life, why does it taste so blah? Maybe if it tasted like pizza or warm chocolate chip cookies, I wouldn’t be so opposed to drinking it. I always thought I was getting enough water until I talked to my trainer. I told him about my sweet tooth and wanted some advice on how to curb those late night sugar cravings. He suggested I should drink 2 glasses of water before my meals and during.
2 whole glasses?!
I usually have about a half a glass, if that. So I dared to ask him how much I should be drinking throughout my day. According to the The Institute of Medicine, an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day (1). Apparently I was far off on my daily average water intake. This total doesn’t take into account things like exercise, environment, pregnancy/breastfeeding, and illnesses. Always talk to your physician before starting something new dietary or otherwise.
For me, I am a healthy 20-something year old who exercises roughly 6 days a week. I decided to start off my day with a bottle of water. Drink at least 1 bottle through each meal, and keep my bottle with me throughout my day to just sip on. You can actually drink too much water which leads to hyponatremia (or low salt levels because of a surplus of water in your body) and can be deadly.
Since making the switch, a few things have changed:
- I have to pee a lot more. Duh.
- My skin feels smoother. It could be all in my head but I swear it does!
- I am less hungry for junk.
- I find myself just filling up my water and dragging it with me places without consciously doing so.
I tried adding fruits and infusing my water but it tasted like flat seltzer and I was not a fan. For me, there is no way to dress up water without making it soda or adding some other additive which will undoubtedly kill me someday. So I leave it in its natural glory.
Now, off to take another pee break before getting back to work. Have YOU been drinking enough?