Fit To Lead – Drink More Water

This is the 6th post in my Fit To Lead Series This post is all about water!  One of the best things you can do to improve your health, stamina, and overall well-being, is drink more water.

What’s the big deal, if my body wants water, it’ll get thirsty.  Makes sense right?  Sure it does, but no matter how much it makes sense, it’s dead wrong.  If our bodies were automobiles, food would be the gasoline, and water would be the oil.  Without enough oil your vehicle’s engine cannot operate properly causing your vehicle to break down.  Are you headed for a break down?

While drinking a gallon of water per day is not easy, it’s what you should do.  I’ll give you my best advice for consuming more water without going insane.

  1. Drink 12 oz of COLD H2O – Do this first thing in the morning.  Your body can lose up to a few pounds of water weight every night and needs to be replenished as soon as possible.  By drinking cold water, you jump start your metabolism.  I’ve been doing this as part of The 4 Hour Body.
  2. Take a 44 oz cup to work – There is a cup from the famous Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque in Kansas City sitting on my desk right now.  3 of these will equal one gallon, which is roughly what I drink per day.  I fill this cup when I arrive at the office and have the goal to empty it before lunch.  I repeat the process after lunch.  That is 88 oz.  When I combine the water I have first thing in the morning, lunch, and dinner, I achieve my gallon.  Pretty easy huh?
  3. Room Temperature – I don’t know if there is really any science behind it, but I find it easy to drink my 44 oz cup if the water is room temperature.  It just seems to go down easy.  Many people will have a hard time getting this much water down their first few days and I find room temperature is easiest to drink.
  4. Drinking more makes you thirsty – It’s a weird phenomenon that occurs when you drink more.  I find that the more I drink, the thirstier I am.  It’s as if my body understands there is a surplus of H2O available so it begins to crave it.  Start off every glass by chugging several gulps.  Give it a few minutes and you’ll be thirsty, which makes it easier to drink more.
  5. Drink water with all your meals – as you eat, you’ll naturally become thirsty.  This is a great opportunity to soak up some water.  So have water with every meal.
  6. Consume less caffeine – Caffeine is a diuretic and will cause your body to lose hydration.  The same is true in a glass of tea.  I’ve had people tell me that they get plenty of water because they drink coffee, tea, and soda all day.  While these beverages do contain water, the diuretic effect caused by their ingredients causes your body to shed all the water in them, plus some of the water already in your body.  If you’re going to drink any tea or coffee, have a glass of Yerba Mate instead.
  7. Don’t over-do it – Don’t drink too much water.  More than 1 gallon can cause your body to lose so much sodium that it can actually be harmful.  More is not always better.  Aim for 1 gallon, no more.

Drinking water really makes you feel so much more alive!  It can be very difficult to drink as much as you need to finally feel the benefits.  It takes several days of consistency before the benefits really shine through.  Using these few tricks will help you consume more H2O.

Do you drink enough water?  Share some your experiences and results below.

 

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