Read on for water’s awesome health benefits and how to make sure you drink enough water! If you find yourself going all day without a sip of water and wonder, “How the hell did that even happen?” or you’re convinced you don’t really need it, then this post is for you!
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s so interesting that something that we all KNOW we need and is a basic human necessity can be SO HARD to actually do!
I know, I know, it’s hard to find time to remember to drink water. I’ve had people tell me if they drink the proper amount of water, then they need to go to the bathroom more often and how they don’t have time for that.
Well, I’m here to tell you that your body will thank you when you drink your water! It may seem inconvenient now to drink the proper amount of water, but in the long run, you’ll be spending a lot less time and money trying to heal your body!
There are so many times someone mentions to me, “My head hurts” or “I feel tired” or something like that. You know what the first thing I ask is? “Well, how much water have you had to drink today?” The answer is almost always never good.
What happens to your body when you don’t drink enough water?
Our bodies are made up at least 60% percent water, so even if you are slightly dehydrated, it can have quite a few affects on you!
Short Term Dehydration Symptoms Include:
- Making you feel lethargic
- It can cause you to break out
- It can make you think you’re hungry when you’re not. (This is important if you’re trying to diet!!
- It negatively affects your mood
- It becomes harder to focus
Long Term Dehydration symptoms includes:
- Kidney stones
- Frequent Headaches
- Chronic Fatigue
- Weakened Muscles
- and more!!
For more science and symptoms of dehydration, check out this article from the Mayo Clinic about dehydration symptoms and treatment.
Ok. But how do you know how much water you need?
The general rule of “8 glasses a day” is a little outdated because it doesn’t take into account your size or activity level. But, if having an easy number like that will give you a starting point and actually help you achieve a goal for drinking more, then I say go for it!
Once you get to a point that you actually feel thirsty, you are already mildly dehydrated. Don’t be too hard on yourself when this happens! As with anything health related, what’s important is that you give yourself grace.
Just keep in mind, if you are taking steps to improve your health, you’ll have some bumps along the way, but it’s how you learn from them that is important!
Remember, if you do have bumps in your wellness journey, DON’T GIVE UP! I believe in you and you should, too! Just because you may have a day you don’t reach your goal, don’t throw your hands up. Just make a note of it in a journal like my free Motivational Journal and work towards it the next day!
Check for colors!
It sounds gross, but continue to check the color of your urine. The goal is to have clear or very light yellow. If you notice a dark yellow, or worse, a dark brown color with a stronger smell, that’s a good sign that you’re dehydrated.
Honestly, I feel like this is the most accurate measurement for if you’re on the right track with water. Usually, if I notice a dark color, I’ll note how many cups I’ve had for the day and up the amount I’m taking in the next day.
My Favorite App for making sure you get enough water.
Like they say, “There’s an app for that!” And it’s true! There are actually plenty of apps for tracking daily water. But I do have a favorite — and it’s adorable.
Plant Nanny is a water tracking app that is simple, but effective. It guilts me into drinking water in the most perfect way!
In this app, the goal is to keep your plant healthy by watering it. If you water your body, then you water your plant! What I like about Plant Nanny is the simplicity of the app! You hold down a button each time you drink a glass of water and you help your plant grow!
But, what I REALLY love is the app warns you if you’re drinking too much too quickly or not enough. Your plant gets very droopy or could even die if it doesn’t get enough water, so do it a favor and water it!
If you’re someone that would rather a pen to paper approach, then no worries! You can organize your day in a healthy way with space to add tracking your water intake, then you can check out my FREE weekly workout planner!
Kids and Water
I don’t have children myself, but I did want to highlight how important (and harder) it is for children to stay hydrated!
Drinking water usually isn’t a priority for children as they tend to gravitate towards sugary drinks. Because of this, and how much smaller their bodies are, it’s really easy for kids to get dehydrated.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am no expert on children, but I do know that proper nutrition and staying hydrated is especially important. Kids are at an important stage of their development that can affect the rest of their lives!
I have friends with children say they found success in using Plant Nanny with kids! Like I said, the app is easy to use, and really cute! Perhaps it could be a fun way for you to grow a virtual “plant” together, AND stay healthy! Win win! 😊
Where to go from here?
I know it can be hard to add in the right amount of water to your diet if you’re busy. Your body will really thank you, though, if you do! Hopefully these tips helped spark an idea for you!
If you’ve been keeping up with your water, I want to know! Tag me on Instagram or Facebook @mindfullymonica so I can see who’s drinking their water along side me!