You’ve probably heard you should be drinking more water. But how much is “more” and how are we supposed to fit all this water drinking into our busy days?
The standard recommendation is eight 8-oz glasses of water each day. But this doesn’t take into consideration height, weight, or activity levels. A tall person who exercises and sweats daily needs more water than someone who’s shorter and fairly sedentary! An easy way to determine how much water YOU need is to drink two thirds of your weight in ounces if you’re active, and half of your weight in ounces if you’re inactive.
For example, if you weigh 150 lb and regularly hit the gym, you’d want to drink around 100 oz of water each day, or between 12 and 13 8-oz glasses. This may seem like a lot, but if you keep a water pitcher on hand with fresh, filtered water at all times you’ll be far more likely to hit your daily water target.
What Are the Benefits of Drinking Filtered Water?
Filtered alkaline water, like the kind you get from Santevia‘s water pitcher, boasts a host of health benefits that can’t be reaped from drinking regular tap water. When water passes through filtration systems that contain rocks, it picks up minerals which increases its alkalinity. Alkaline water has been said to reduce inflammation in the body, and can also lead to improved athletic performance and recovery. Combine that with the filtration of chemicals that are commonly found in tap water, and you’ve got yourself an easy health-boosting beverage.
Looking for a few more ways to boost your daily water intake?
* Keep a water bottle with you at all times (bonus points if you find a cute one!). Have you ever heard the saying “out of sight, out of mind”? The same rings true when it comes to water. By seeing your water bottle in your bag every time you reach for your phone or wallet, you’ll be more likely to remember it’s time to take a swig.
* Set a timer on your phone to take a sip of water every 30 minutes. Breaking up your water intake throughout the day will be more beneficial to your hydration levels than trying to down eight glasses at the end of the night.
* Leave yourself visual reminders. If you know your water bottle contains 25 ounces of water and you need to drink 100 ounces in a day, loop an elastic band around the bottom of your bottle each time you empty it. Seeing one elastic band when you know there should be four will help remind you to step it up!
* Not a fan of drinking plain water? Spruce it up by flavouring it with natural ingredients. Citrus fruits, mint and watermelon, or berries and basil make fantastic combinations.
As with any new habit, take your water drinking in baby steps. If you’ve only been drinking one or two glasses of water each day, gradually work your way up to your target. Add an extra glass each day for a week, then add two extra glasses the following week. By easing your way into things you’ll make the process more enjoyable and you’ll be more likely to stick with it!
This post was sponsored by Santevia, but all information and opinions are our own. Thanks for the water pitcher, Santevia!