Nutrition

Water – How much is JUST ENOUGH!


Understanding individual water intake

There is a simple equation, that’s why I love it.

Your body weight in kilograms x 0.033 =

litres to be consumed daily.

The 8-glasses-a-day or 2-litres-a-day-rules are too general and doesn’t exactly make sense.

For example, why would a 55kg woman need the same amount of water as a 90kg woman.

To me, it defies logic.

 

When you are having one of those days where you just don’t ‘feel’ like drinking your true quota, here are some tips:

  • Add mineral salt. One of the keys to achieving your daily water intakes is adding a few pinches of salt (sea salt, Himalayan salt, or rock salt. Not table salt, that shit is poison.) When you add salt, you change the consistency but it doesn’t make the water taste salty. I do find that I don’t need to go to the toilet as often. Which can be one of the excuses that is used when your water intake is inadequate. This is my GOTO, to be perfectly honest it is the only way I drink water. The added bonus is that you are also taking on the minerals and trace elements provided by the salts.
  • Sparkling water is another way I help keep my water intake up. I use a soda stream so I have carbonated water, which I realise isn’t sparkling mineral water but the offset to this is it’s more sustainable as I’m not buying more plastic.
  • Herbal teas, particularly green tea during the day and chamomile tea OR SLEEPY tea at night.
  • Another tip is coconut water, once again it is a substitute, but it is natural and in the summer is an added source of electrolytes or after exercise. Once again it doesn’t replace water but is better than not having any.
  • Flavouring your water with lemon, lime, mint, cucumber, etc.
  • Adding a teaspoon or two of powdered electrolyte….not a scoop. Its a different story if you are training HARD.
  • Have water beside your bed, drink after you pee during the night and drink first thing in the morning, create the habit of the day.
  • In the summer, if I find I’m not drinking enough water, I’ll eat pineapple or watermelon or rock melon, this also helps replace my carbohydrates,(sugar) levels depleted through increased ‘sweating’.

Drink from a BPA free bottle, whether that is plastic, glass, or stainless steel. Most importantly not plastic. I have washed an empty olive oil bottle because I like the shape and size (it’s 1 litre so I know I need to refill it 2 times during the day, and because I already had one in the house, I’m recycling.

Water means water, any substitutes are just that, substitutes. But help yourself by using these methods to get you to UR goals.

WATER is to the body like oil is to a car….contemplate that!


January 17, 2018


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