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Learning Objective

Hydration is Key to a Healthy Body & Mind fighting mood issues, stress, and boosting metabolism.


Behavioral Objective

Drink at least 1/2 of your body weight in ounces each day. (200 lbs = 100 oz water).

Key Thought

Hydration is one of the best and easiest ways to combat fatigue, weight gain, and mood issues.

Terms

Dehydrated, Dehydrating
verb (used with object)

To deprive (a chemical compound) of water or the elements of water.

Water
noun

A transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, a compound of hydrogen and oxygen, H 2 O, freezing at 32°F or 0°C and boiling at 212°F or 100°C, that in a more or less impure state constitutes rain, oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.: it contains 11.188 percent hydrogen and 88.812 percent oxygen, by weight.

Metabolism
noun

Biology, Physiology. The sum of the physical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available.



  How to Keep Hydrated Throughout the Day    1:50

a woman drinks water after exercising
  Staying hydrated keeps your body in optimal conditions, prevents brain fog, and increases your energy!

Water Is Powerful?

Top Reasons To Drink Water

#1 It Just Makes Sense

One thing I have promised myself and my readers is that I would at no point be a fear monger. There are all sorts of wives tales and outlandish claims about water and hydration. If water alone really cured disease, then we would all be healthy right?

I humbly assert that we humans who are composed of approximately 60% water should consider hydration an important health priority. Why? Because it just makes common sense.

If you use up the building blocks for a healthy body (like water), it stands to reason that your body cannot function properly. Please know that I do not believe that people who drink less than 8- 8 ounce glasses of water a day will shrivel up and die in the next few weeks. We all know that's urban legend! But here are some facts you may not be aware of...

#2 Dehydration and Depression

Many things can get you down. A flat tire, stubbing your toe, crying babies, alarm clock malfunctions... But did you know that even mild dehydration can cause the blues? A study in the Journal of Nutrition from January of 2012, women in their early twenties experienced mild dehydration which caused headaches, concentration levels, and mood issues. They also perceived that tasks were more difficult to do, even though their actual mental abilities did not appear to change. Fatigue was another side effect of the induced mild dehydration.1

So, how does this pertain to weight loss, you may be wondering? It is not a huge stretch to perceive that dehydration could cause discouragement, and might prove a barrier to that will power you need to reduce your weight permanently.

#3 Burn Calories with Water

What if drinking two glasses of water could actually increase your metabolic rate by 30%? Sound like science fiction? It's actually science fact!

A study in Germany suggests that water may actually act as a natural calorie burner.2

After subjects drank approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects' metabolic rates - or the rate at which calories are burned - increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes.

I say cheers to water for that!

#4 Best Drink For Your Body

After reading an article about an actor drinking large amounts of coke to gain weight for a role, blogger George Prior was curious. Could he duplicate this phenomenon? In 2014, he decided to drink 10 Cokes a day for a month. While his experiment was extreme (I don't know anyone who consumes this much soda on any given day) the results are telling. According to his website, 10cokesaday.com, his health was affected tremendously!3

According to his website and subsequent national news articles, he gained 23 pounds (from 168 to 192) and his body fat increased by a whopping 65% (from 9% to 16%)! Even though you may be consuming one soda a day and not 10, think about the implications. If you do that math, that could mean a 6.5% increase in body fat in just one month.

#5 Eat Your Water

Did you know that the average fruits and veggies are up to 20% water? Processed foods are much lower in water volume and contain chemicals and preservatives that can derail your weight loss plan. Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake is a simple way to get hydrated while providing nutrients your body needs to function properly.

Watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe and peaches have the highest water content of fruits at close to 90%. In the vegetable category, cucumbers, lettuce, celery, and zucchini are top rated for water supply.4 Adding fruits and vegetables not only nourishes your body, but also hydrates!

But What If You HATE Water?

Here are my top tips for getting water into your life. Remember, every step you take toward hydration is a step in the right direction. If you can only handle 8 oz per day now, do it! Just set the goal to continue adding more water into your life over time, and before you know it, you too will be hydrating!

  1. Infuse your water with some flavor. My favorites: lemon, lime, berries. Make it cold- ice helps!
  2. Brew tea. If you absolutely can't stand water, try making green or herbal teas. You're still hydrating, and you're getting some additional health benefits.
  3. Measure your success. Set hydration goals and measure your progress.
  4. Try different types of water. I know this might sound crazy, but waters from different regions really do have differing tastes. Try bottles from other places and see if you develop an affinity to a certain kind. (My favorite is Fiji.)
  5. Get a filter. If your tap water has a funny taste, try getting a water bottle or pitcher with a filter. Sometimes something as simple as filtering your water can improve the taste tremendously. Add water to every meal. Be sure to drink a full glass of water at every meal. This will help you slow down and enjoy the food, while getting the hydration in too!

Citations:

1 Armstrong L.E. Journal of Nutrition, 2102.
2 Michael Boschmann, MD, Franz-Volhard Clinical Research Center in Berlin. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
3 10cokesaday.com
4 http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/list-fruits-vegetable-high-water-content-8958.html

  Personal Challenge

Hydration

Get a water bottle for yourself and start drinking!!! Calculate the amount of ounces you need in a day by simply taking your current weight and dividing it in half then drinking that in ounces! If you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink at least 100 ounces in water! Simple!

Next, get a water bottle. My favorite is the 20 oz. Ello glass water bottle available at Target. Now, place 5 rubber bands at the bottom of the bottle. Each time you drink the water bottle, move a band up to the top, and voila, you have your simple measuring system for recording water consumption!

Discussion Assignment

Please share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum about what you decided, learned or experienced. We encourage you to comment on what others have shared and to ask questions.

Lose Weight Drinking Water?

Proper Hydration can play a key role in helping you lose weight. Learn some facts and SIMPLE THINGS you can do TODAY!

Quiz  Scored

  Related Wellness Resources

Check out these supporting educational content resources on our website.

webinar
Webinar: What About Water Featured

Facilitator Libby Wright discusses the role of hydration in weight loss with participants of the Your Best Weight program. The webinar last for 21 minutes and addresses questions submitted by the program participants.

You can learn more about the NuMedica supplements discussed: Core Nutrition Pack, AdrenaMed, Corti-B Plex and MultiMedica.

You may view or download the slides used for the presentation. We encourage you to take advantage of the supporting content on the Resources tab and to ask questions or share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum.


Healthy Grocery Shopping List Featured

Stock your pantry and refrigerator with these fresh and healthy nutritious foods. This is a great grocery list to start from if you want to eat healthy, but you should always be sure they fit your specific health needs. You also want to be sure that they are eaten fresh, organic, and unprocessed if possible.


Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook displaying wooden cooking utensils and recipe notepad.
Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook Featured

Many people know "what" to do to be healthy, but HOW do you do it? One of the best ways we have found is to show people how we eat as a family. This customizable, whole foods cookbook features two hobby chefs! Sara Kosmiski is an amazing RAW foods expert, and Libby Wright shares good foods for beginners in healthy cooking. We hope you enjoy these recipes and encourage you to share them with your family and friends!


old wooden wagon with pull handle
Brandy's Weight Loss Journey: Part 2 - When You Fall off the Wagon!

5.6 pounds of weight loss in one week, even with a family emergency? Way to go Brandy!!


Diet Failure: Part 3 - Deadlines Can Make You Fat!

Stress is the ultimate diet killer and can make us hold onto the weight.


Hispanic Family Eating Together
Evolution of Dinner: Part 3 - Hunter Gatherer

Have you ever considered team meal preparation? By cooking large volumes, and trading with friends, you can reduce your meal preparation time significantly!


Glass of water with Lemon
Free Weight Loss Tool!

Did you know you have a free, easily accessible weight loss tool right in your home? This tool can help you lose the unwanted pounds, and keep you feeling tuned up.


Hands Praying over Bible
Is Prayer Your Steering Wheel or Your Spare Tire?

I was driving to work this morning and saw this on a billboard and just had to blog about it! "Is prayer your steering wheel, or your spare tire?"


illustration of people and water that says
Make My Day

Hydration effects mood- studies prove it! So why not make your day better by drinking lots of water?


woman's face illustrating good and bad skin
Pretty Skin Begins Here

Do you wonder, "What else can I do for my skin?" If you've tried over the counter solutions, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, avoiding the sun, and all sorts of other potions, you may need to re-think your skin regimen.


black woman drinking a glass of water on porch
Simple Tips for Proper Hydration

Getting enough water has numerous health benefits including combating fatigue, loosing weight, and flushing toxins out of your body. Follow these east hydration tips and reap the benefits!


Glass of soda with prohibition symbol
Top 5 Reasons You Should Avoid Diet Drinks!

Here's a question I got recently from the blog on water and hydration: "Is diet soda really bad for you?"


attractive, overweight hispanic woman smiling on couch
Weight Loss Tips for Resetting Your Metabolism: Part 1

What about me? Do you have 20 or more pounds you want to lose? Maybe you've seen your friends lose weight, and you wonder how you can shed that unwanted fat and keep it off. Lots of excellent FREE Weight Loss resources referenced in this post so TAKE ADVANTAGE!


living herbal tea
What Else Can I Drink?

There are many, many people who are not water fans. I admit, it can be an acquired taste, especially if you live in a place where the tap water doesn't taste good. So, what else can you safely drink?


  Supplement Referrals

Learn more about these NuMedica Supplements on our website.

NuMedica Corti-B Plex - 120c professional-grade supplement
NuMedica Corti-B Plex
120 capsules

Helps to reduce fatigue, get better sleep quality, stabilize your mood, may reduce cravings, and decrease stress.


NuMedica Melatonin Liquid - Lemon Flavor - 2 fl. oz professional-grade supplement
NuMedica Melatonin Liquid - Lemon Flavor - 2 fl. oz

Liquid form helps to regulate and improve sleeping habits, combat cellular damage from free radicals, and fortify the immune system.


NuMedica MultiMedica for Women - 120c professional-grade supplement
NuMedica MultiMedica
Women/Men/No Iron - 120 capsules

People who eat the standard American diet lack the micronutrients and phytonutrients found in whole foods. MultiMedica helps fill the gap.


NuMedica SlimFit Chocolate - 21 Servings professional-grade-supplement
NuMedica SlimFit Protein
21 servings | Dutch Chocolate - French Vanilla

Whey protein with 24g protein per serving having nutrients for muscle maintenance, immunity, and weight loss. Available in Chocolate and Vanilla.


NuMedica Total Vegan Protein Chocolate - 14 svgs professional-grade supplement
NuMedica Total Vegan Protein Powder
14 servings | Chocolate Delight - Mocha - Vanilla

Contains five plant-based proteins with 24g protein per serving available in Chocolate Delight, Mocha and Vanilla flavors.


  • Watch
      How to Keep Hydrated Throughout the Day    1:50

  • Read
    a woman drinks water after exercising
      Staying hydrated keeps your body in optimal conditions, prevents brain fog, and increases your energy!

    Water Is Powerful?

    Top Reasons To Drink Water

    #1 It Just Makes Sense

    One thing I have promised myself and my readers is that I would at no point be a fear monger. There are all sorts of wives tales and outlandish claims about water and hydration. If water alone really cured disease, then we would all be healthy right?

    I humbly assert that we humans who are composed of approximately 60% water should consider hydration an important health priority. Why? Because it just makes common sense.

    If you use up the building blocks for a healthy body (like water), it stands to reason that your body cannot function properly. Please know that I do not believe that people who drink less than 8- 8 ounce glasses of water a day will shrivel up and die in the next few weeks. We all know that's urban legend! But here are some facts you may not be aware of...

    #2 Dehydration and Depression

    Many things can get you down. A flat tire, stubbing your toe, crying babies, alarm clock malfunctions... But did you know that even mild dehydration can cause the blues? A study in the Journal of Nutrition from January of 2012, women in their early twenties experienced mild dehydration which caused headaches, concentration levels, and mood issues. They also perceived that tasks were more difficult to do, even though their actual mental abilities did not appear to change. Fatigue was another side effect of the induced mild dehydration.1

    So, how does this pertain to weight loss, you may be wondering? It is not a huge stretch to perceive that dehydration could cause discouragement, and might prove a barrier to that will power you need to reduce your weight permanently.

    #3 Burn Calories with Water

    What if drinking two glasses of water could actually increase your metabolic rate by 30%? Sound like science fiction? It's actually science fact!

    A study in Germany suggests that water may actually act as a natural calorie burner.2

    After subjects drank approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects' metabolic rates - or the rate at which calories are burned - increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes.

    I say cheers to water for that!

    #4 Best Drink For Your Body

    After reading an article about an actor drinking large amounts of coke to gain weight for a role, blogger George Prior was curious. Could he duplicate this phenomenon? In 2014, he decided to drink 10 Cokes a day for a month. While his experiment was extreme (I don't know anyone who consumes this much soda on any given day) the results are telling. According to his website, 10cokesaday.com, his health was affected tremendously!3

    According to his website and subsequent national news articles, he gained 23 pounds (from 168 to 192) and his body fat increased by a whopping 65% (from 9% to 16%)! Even though you may be consuming one soda a day and not 10, think about the implications. If you do that math, that could mean a 6.5% increase in body fat in just one month.

    #5 Eat Your Water

    Did you know that the average fruits and veggies are up to 20% water? Processed foods are much lower in water volume and contain chemicals and preservatives that can derail your weight loss plan. Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake is a simple way to get hydrated while providing nutrients your body needs to function properly.

    Watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe and peaches have the highest water content of fruits at close to 90%. In the vegetable category, cucumbers, lettuce, celery, and zucchini are top rated for water supply.4 Adding fruits and vegetables not only nourishes your body, but also hydrates!

    But What If You HATE Water?

    Here are my top tips for getting water into your life. Remember, every step you take toward hydration is a step in the right direction. If you can only handle 8 oz per day now, do it! Just set the goal to continue adding more water into your life over time, and before you know it, you too will be hydrating!

    1. Infuse your water with some flavor. My favorites: lemon, lime, berries. Make it cold- ice helps!
    2. Brew tea. If you absolutely can't stand water, try making green or herbal teas. You're still hydrating, and you're getting some additional health benefits.
    3. Measure your success. Set hydration goals and measure your progress.
    4. Try different types of water. I know this might sound crazy, but waters from different regions really do have differing tastes. Try bottles from other places and see if you develop an affinity to a certain kind. (My favorite is Fiji.)
    5. Get a filter. If your tap water has a funny taste, try getting a water bottle or pitcher with a filter. Sometimes something as simple as filtering your water can improve the taste tremendously. Add water to every meal. Be sure to drink a full glass of water at every meal. This will help you slow down and enjoy the food, while getting the hydration in too!

    Citations:

    1 Armstrong L.E. Journal of Nutrition, 2102.
    2 Michael Boschmann, MD, Franz-Volhard Clinical Research Center in Berlin. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
    3 10cokesaday.com
    4 http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/list-fruits-vegetable-high-water-content-8958.html

  • Challenge

      Personal Challenge

    Hydration

    Get a water bottle for yourself and start drinking!!! Calculate the amount of ounces you need in a day by simply taking your current weight and dividing it in half then drinking that in ounces! If you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink at least 100 ounces in water! Simple!

    Next, get a water bottle. My favorite is the 20 oz. Ello glass water bottle available at Target. Now, place 5 rubber bands at the bottom of the bottle. Each time you drink the water bottle, move a band up to the top, and voila, you have your simple measuring system for recording water consumption!

    Discussion Assignment

    Please share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum about what you decided, learned or experienced. We encourage you to comment on what others have shared and to ask questions.

  • Quiz

    Lose Weight Drinking Water?

    Proper Hydration can play a key role in helping you lose weight. Learn some facts and SIMPLE THINGS you can do TODAY!

    Quiz  Scored

  • Resources
      Related Wellness Resources

    Check out these supporting educational content resources on our website.

    webinar
    Webinar: What About Water Featured

    Facilitator Libby Wright discusses the role of hydration in weight loss with participants of the Your Best Weight program. The webinar last for 21 minutes and addresses questions submitted by the program participants.

    You can learn more about the NuMedica supplements discussed: Core Nutrition Pack, AdrenaMed, Corti-B Plex and MultiMedica.

    You may view or download the slides used for the presentation. We encourage you to take advantage of the supporting content on the Resources tab and to ask questions or share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum.


    Healthy Grocery Shopping List Featured

    Stock your pantry and refrigerator with these fresh and healthy nutritious foods. This is a great grocery list to start from if you want to eat healthy, but you should always be sure they fit your specific health needs. You also want to be sure that they are eaten fresh, organic, and unprocessed if possible.


    Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook displaying wooden cooking utensils and recipe notepad.
    Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook Featured

    Many people know "what" to do to be healthy, but HOW do you do it? One of the best ways we have found is to show people how we eat as a family. This customizable, whole foods cookbook features two hobby chefs! Sara Kosmiski is an amazing RAW foods expert, and Libby Wright shares good foods for beginners in healthy cooking. We hope you enjoy these recipes and encourage you to share them with your family and friends!


    old wooden wagon with pull handle
    Brandy's Weight Loss Journey: Part 2 - When You Fall off the Wagon!

    5.6 pounds of weight loss in one week, even with a family emergency? Way to go Brandy!!


    Diet Failure: Part 3 - Deadlines Can Make You Fat!

    Stress is the ultimate diet killer and can make us hold onto the weight.


    Hispanic Family Eating Together
    Evolution of Dinner: Part 3 - Hunter Gatherer

    Have you ever considered team meal preparation? By cooking large volumes, and trading with friends, you can reduce your meal preparation time significantly!


    Glass of water with Lemon
    Free Weight Loss Tool!

    Did you know you have a free, easily accessible weight loss tool right in your home? This tool can help you lose the unwanted pounds, and keep you feeling tuned up.


    Hands Praying over Bible
    Is Prayer Your Steering Wheel or Your Spare Tire?

    I was driving to work this morning and saw this on a billboard and just had to blog about it! "Is prayer your steering wheel, or your spare tire?"


    illustration of people and water that says
    Make My Day

    Hydration effects mood- studies prove it! So why not make your day better by drinking lots of water?


    woman's face illustrating good and bad skin
    Pretty Skin Begins Here

    Do you wonder, "What else can I do for my skin?" If you've tried over the counter solutions, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, avoiding the sun, and all sorts of other potions, you may need to re-think your skin regimen.


    black woman drinking a glass of water on porch
    Simple Tips for Proper Hydration

    Getting enough water has numerous health benefits including combating fatigue, loosing weight, and flushing toxins out of your body. Follow these east hydration tips and reap the benefits!


    Glass of soda with prohibition symbol
    Top 5 Reasons You Should Avoid Diet Drinks!

    Here's a question I got recently from the blog on water and hydration: "Is diet soda really bad for you?"


    attractive, overweight hispanic woman smiling on couch
    Weight Loss Tips for Resetting Your Metabolism: Part 1

    What about me? Do you have 20 or more pounds you want to lose? Maybe you've seen your friends lose weight, and you wonder how you can shed that unwanted fat and keep it off. Lots of excellent FREE Weight Loss resources referenced in this post so TAKE ADVANTAGE!


    living herbal tea
    What Else Can I Drink?

    There are many, many people who are not water fans. I admit, it can be an acquired taste, especially if you live in a place where the tap water doesn't taste good. So, what else can you safely drink?


  • Products
      Supplement Referrals

    Learn more about these NuMedica Supplements on our website.

    NuMedica Corti-B Plex - 120c professional-grade supplement
    NuMedica Corti-B Plex
    120 capsules

    Helps to reduce fatigue, get better sleep quality, stabilize your mood, may reduce cravings, and decrease stress.


    NuMedica Melatonin Liquid - Lemon Flavor - 2 fl. oz professional-grade supplement
    NuMedica Melatonin Liquid - Lemon Flavor - 2 fl. oz

    Liquid form helps to regulate and improve sleeping habits, combat cellular damage from free radicals, and fortify the immune system.


    NuMedica MultiMedica for Women - 120c professional-grade supplement
    NuMedica MultiMedica
    Women/Men/No Iron - 120 capsules

    People who eat the standard American diet lack the micronutrients and phytonutrients found in whole foods. MultiMedica helps fill the gap.


    NuMedica SlimFit Chocolate - 21 Servings professional-grade-supplement
    NuMedica SlimFit Protein
    21 servings | Dutch Chocolate - French Vanilla

    Whey protein with 24g protein per serving having nutrients for muscle maintenance, immunity, and weight loss. Available in Chocolate and Vanilla.


    NuMedica Total Vegan Protein Chocolate - 14 svgs professional-grade supplement
    NuMedica Total Vegan Protein Powder
    14 servings | Chocolate Delight - Mocha - Vanilla

    Contains five plant-based proteins with 24g protein per serving available in Chocolate Delight, Mocha and Vanilla flavors.



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 Guest  01/09/19 02:14 AM CST   

After following the module, I have enthusiastically followed the challenge to up my water intake. I bought a calibrated water bottle (16 oz.), and gauge my water with the number of bottles I finish in a day. I have a post-it on my fridge that I mark daily so I remember how much I drank. I consume as much as the recommended water for my weight, which is 145 lbs.

Overall I feel like I have gotten the hang of it. I would say that it is now easier for me to follow the challenge and I know that it can only get better physically and mentally for me. Water is my new best friend. I take a bottle with me everywhere I go, and it has curbed some of my untimely snacking habits during meetings. For now, I am still steady on my weight, but I know I don’t need to rush it. If this is what it takes for me to lose some weight, then I would gladly keep drinking water because it has energized me in a way that other beverages have not.

The best tip I can give based on experience is to make hydration a habit. It is hard at first, but after a while it becomes an everyday thing that you do. You have to be patient, and forgive yourself for days when you forget to drink your recommended intake. It happens. You just have to ensure that the next day, you do your best to stay on track, because it is ultimately for your health.


 Admin    01/10/19 09:03 AM CST   

Amen! Thanks for sharing. We couldn't agree with you more!

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 Guest  01/09/19 11:43 AM CST   

I have only been doing the challenge for a week but can I just say that I already feel the difference of being fully hydrated every single day. I feel great! I used to be so fatigued after working for more than 8 hours on the field. I only realized lately while doing the challenge that there was definitely something with my old hydration habits.

Well, I have to admit. I used to be a heavy soda drinker. I could not survive a day without an extra sweet drink after every meal. It became my water, to the point where I could not even remember if I even drank a sip of water throughout the day. Let's just say that I would never, ever recommend that sort of practice to anyone.

Since it has only been just a week, I want to apologize because I still find it hard to let go of soda (for now) but I’ve been weaning myself off of it. Wish me luck, because I’m determined to do this challenge for a very long time, now that I know how effective water can be.


 Admin    01/10/19 08:56 AM CST   

I applaud your determination to eliminate soda and encourage you to keep gradually reducing your consumption until you no longer desire it anymore. You will feel much better for your effort. On the What About Water Webinar Q&A we answer the soda question and provide several tips for how to wean it out of your diet. Here's a great blog post called Top 5 Reasons to Avoid Diet Drinks that should also be helpful to anyone wanting to get off the soda train.

Post Reply
 Guest  01/09/19 09:22 AM CST   

This challenge really bothered me at first. I see myself as healthy; I watch what I eat, I exercise… but I never put too much thought in my water intake. I actually don’t like drinking water much. I know, it’s such an ironic thing to say for someone who claims to be a health nut. It’s just that I rarely feel thirsty at all. It’s also annoying to have to go to the bathroom frequently. I feel antsy whenever I need to go a few more times, so I cut down my fluid intake to the bare minimum.

I decided to do the challenge, because why not, right? I mean, after reading the resources and watching the webinar, I thought that maybe it was time to challenge my old habits.

I went with it, and now I can finally say that it may have been a blessing to come across this site and realize how much I have been neglecting my body, even with all the “healthy habits” I have been doing.

I still don’t like frequent bathroom trips but it’s not as annoying as before. I guess you just need to learn how to set a hydration schedule. Also, it’s just delightful to learn that you can eat your water. I’m obsessed with this concept! My regular diet now includes water-rich fruits and veggies. I just love this challenge!


 Admin    01/10/19 08:43 AM CST   

Glad to hear it's been helpful for you! Most people will find that proper hydration helps them to feel and look better in a number of ways. If you think is helpful, wait till you see what eliminating processed foods from your diet will do which we will get to in the topic The 4 Letter Word No One Wants To Talk About... F.O.O.D.

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 Guest  01/09/19 07:21 AM CST   

Should the challenge be done differently when I’m always working on the night shift? How should I go about it?


 Admin    01/10/19 08:34 AM CST   

No, not really. Just adapt your water consumption to best fit your work schedule requirements. Lots of people have varying schedules but hopefully they still have time for meals, breaks, bathroom, etc. If the work shift make it difficult then drink your water before and after. What matters is that you consistently drink enough water each 24 hours.

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 Guest  01/09/19 03:41 PM CST   

I struggle drinking plain water. I also don’t like coffee and tea that much. What other beverages would help me meet my recommended weight intake?


 Admin    01/10/19 08:26 AM CST   

You might try infusing your water. You've probably heard of lemon in water, right? But you don't have to just stop there. You can use limes, oranges, berries, even grapes in water. Cucumber in water is actually one of my favorites. It's very refreshing. You can even put herbs in there like mint and peppermint. I had water a couple of weeks ago with rosemary in it and I thought hmm, I don't know if I'm going to like that, but it was actually very tasty. There are lots of options to give your water some flavor that you like. Experiment and see!

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 Guest  01/09/19 02:42 PM CST   

What are other techniques in measuring hydration other than the one described in the challenge?


 Admin    01/10/19 08:15 AM CST   

Lots of store bought water bottles have measuring lines on the outside that are easy to see where the current water level in the container is which tells you how much you've consumed. You could also make a habbit of drinking a standard amount of water before and after each meal. For example an 8 oz serving before and after each meal times 3 meals per day gives you a base of 64 oz of consistent water consumption per day.

Post Reply
 Guest  01/09/19 11:27 AM CST   

Is it okay for me to do this challenge by drinking tap water? Will it make a difference if I switch to bottled water?


 Admin    01/10/19 07:41 AM CST   

Yes, it's ok to drink tap water. You can also try different bottled waters from the store if for some reason you do not like the tap water available to you. Based on the alkalinity, water changes a lot, along with other things that are in it. Minerals are naturally occurring in the water and will change it a lot. Then there is well water versus city water... All help with the hydration which is the goal.

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