Staying Hydrated

If you are like me, you may be dehydrated. I struggle to drink enough water. So, I am on a personal journey to see what helps me drink the most water. I am going to see what makes drinking water fun!

Here is what I found were the most popular ways to try and drink more water.

  • Big water bottle
  • Water Bottle that lights up with its time to drink water
  • Time marked water bottle
  • Sparkling water
  • App on cell phone
  • Water bottle with a straw
  • Lemon water
  • Infused water
  • Setting a timer on phone                                                                        
  • Drink water before meals
  • Cut back on caffeine

I will only be using four of these methods for the month of July and will change the method weekly. Every day, I will record how much water I drink. I will also be taking pictures of my lips and skin to see if I see a difference. Finally, I will keep track of my mood, focus, and how my body feels in general.

I used a daily water intake calculator to see how much water I should be drinking daily based off my body weight.

To calculate how much water to drink daily based on weight, take your body weight in pounds, and divide your weight by two. This number is the amount of water in ounces that you should be drinking per day according to your weight.

For example, I am 113lbs/ 2= 56.5oz to get that in cups 56.5 / 8= 7.06 cups

I am aware that other things I eat or drink could affect how much I really should be drinking. I am not going to get super specific or scientific. I’m doing this purely to see what helps me drink more water and how I feel weekly.

For this hydration challenge, I will only be using Reverse Osmosis Water. Here are a few reasons for this decision:

  • Reverse osmosis systems are among the best at getting rid of impurities and other total dissolved solids (TDSs). They also help get rid of the smell and taste of chlorine.
  • Reverse osmosis creates a sustainable source of safe drinking water.
  • I will save money by not buying bottled water.
  • Using reusable water bottles aids in saving our environment.
  • It tastes delicious!

Here is a list of contaminants it removes:

  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Copper
  • Nitrates and nitrites (hexavalent & trivalent)
  • Chromium
  • Selenium
  • Fluoride
  • Radium
  • Barium
  • Cyst (cryptosporidium)
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)

Join me this July in finding out your most successful method to stay hydrated!