Healthy Habit Friday: Water
Welcome back to Healthy Habit Friday! So, I survived week one. And for anyone looking for a recap, it looked a little something like this…
Yeah, it was a rough week. But! At the end of it, I discovered something super important. Coffee and creamer was definitely one of my vices. I was totally using it as a crutch to get through stressful situations rather than facing my stress head on. But it was so good to drink tea instead of coffee. I was able to counteract getting a cold from my son by adding Throat Coat or Gypsy Cold Care to my Green tea. So, I didn’t get sick and my energy levels actually began to level out. AND! I finally bought the tea kettle I’ve been wanting. Yay!
So, it is Friday and now I have to pick a new habit to pick up and put an old one down. As I was going through my no coffee journey, I noticed that I was not drinking enough water throughout the day but I was picking up other things to drink. Like juice or soda. So, this week, I am putting down the sugary drinks and picking up the water jug!
We all know we should drink more water. Not only are we made up of 60% of water, our bodies actually maintain themselves better when they are well hydrated. Staying hydrated increases energy and decreases fatigue, promotes weight loss, flushes toxins, prevents cramps, boosts your immune system, and it can even rid you of your headaches!
“But how much water is enough water?”
Good question. I have heard several answers to this throughout the years. One being 8 glasses of water a day. Another being to take half your weight and drink that much in ounces. And another being a gallon of water a day. Ok, so for me, a gallon is actually close to the half my weight in ounces rule. So, we are going to try to hit that. I already have this awesome gallon sized jug to start myself off. But if you don’t and want to try to drink a gallon of water a day, you can pick a gallon up at a grocery store. Or you can count your ounces. One gallon has 128 ounces. If you drink bottled water, those are typically 16.9 ounces and your gallon would be 7 and a half of those.
Ok, so now we have all this water. But when are we supposed to drink it?
Ok, so two glasses when you wake up, one before a meal, one before a bath, and one before bed. That’s five glasses or 40 ounces. For the rest?
I’ve downloaded a free app onto my phone and am using that to notify me when I need to chug. This way at the end of the day, I get all of my ounces in and am fully hydrated.
Ok, that’s all for today. Keep up with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat @epy4life and check out my stories on my day to day update of this week’s healthy habit.