Are You Drinking Enough Water Today?

hydroflask white 24ozOne of the best things about being on Nutrisystem – other than that I’m slimming up and have lost about 20 pounds so far – is that it’s reminding me of a variety of healthy behaviors that I have a bad tendency to let slide on a day to day basis. Eat breakfast, have small, healthy snacks throughout the day so I’m not starving at dinner, and eat smaller portions, slowly are three that immediately come to mind. Just as importantly, though, while I constantly think about how much water I’ve had in a given day, I don’t often drink the recommended amount.

Living in Colorado, though, we have two strikes against us for people who are dehydrated: super low humidity and altitude. It’s easy to remind people visiting to drink lots of water, but it’s just as important for us residents to be putting effort into hydrating every single day. Nutrisystem takes this to the next level with its own recommended water intake amount and the NuMi app lets you log your water consumption too.

So how much is enough? According to the National Academy of Medicine, the recommended level is a rather overwhelming “91 ounces of total water — from all beverages and foods — each day [for women], and men an average of 125 ounces daily of total water.” Before you faint from the vision of drinking a barrel of water daily, that’s counting all possible liquid sources, including the water in food, fruit, etc. The nutritionists at Nutrisystem have a less daunting goal: 8 8oz glasses of water daily. 8*8 = 64 ounces.

glass of ice waterWhich leads to the question: how the heck do you drink that much water in a day? I manage it by having a baseline goal every day of two bottles of water from my Hydroflask (as shown in the photo). That’s a 24oz bottle, so it’s small and easy to tote around, but twice that is 48 ounces. Since I always have glasses of water with meals too, I get at least another 16-20 ounces on a daily basis. Add that up and it’s my daily water goal.

Here’s the real secret, though, one that people who bump into me at a coffee shop know: I also drink a lot of iced coffee and iced tea. Probably at least another 24 ounces each day and while it’s not just plain water, it’s still really just flavored water. Chalk up another 24 ounces and at the end of a typical day I might get closer to that recommended 125 ounces than I realize!

My recommendation for you, whether you’re on a specific diet or not is that you also focus on how much water you consume in a day and use a trick like a small water bottle to help pace and track your consumption. After all, as the CDC says, by staying hydrated you’ll be able to “prevent dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, result in mood change, cause your body to overheat, constipation, and kidney stones.”

And now, back to my regularly scheduled Nutrisystem food and water intake…

Disclosure: I have received all of my products from Nutrisystem for review purposes and that my opinions are 100% my own. As is always the case.

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