We all know water is good for us. DUH. But how to drink enough water each and every day? THAT is the question.
I recently did a little research about which is better to put into your stomach first thing in the morning, water or coffee. I was hoping the experts would say coffee. They didn’t.
Yes, a big glass of water upon waking (or getting vertical, anyway) is the BEST thing for your digestion and overall well-being. It helps gently get your whole system going again and wash out toxins that have been accumulating overnight. So remember: water before coffee.
But that’s not so hard to do — it’s getting enough water to drink the REST of the day that is the challenge. We have good intentions, and we start the day right; but then we get distracted and forget to drink more for the whole rest of the day.
Well, I have a system that has been working for awhile now. And it’s easy. Which is why it works — unlike most of the things you see on Pinterest. Like the big jug with the ounces written down the side, which is usually still staring at you at the end of the day, mostly full, because the thought of all. that. water. was too much. It made you bilious just to look at it, actually. Not to mention — are you supposed to lug that thing with you when you go somewhere? Sheesh.
My system to drink enough water is better:
Basically, I drink two glasses of water within every four-hour period of the day between when I wake up and dinnertime. In other words, I drink two full glasses before 10am, then two more glasses before 2pm, then two more glasses by the time dinner is over.
When you look at it like that, it really is easy to keep track of and easy to do. And it’s not overwhelming, like that jug is.
The trick is to drink a FULL glass each time — you don’t have to drink both at once, just two total within the four-hour period. Or, if you just can’t drink that much at a go, then have a special spot where you place your glass and can keep coming back to it (the window sill above the kitchen sink works great!) — but make sure you drink all the way to the bottom before filling it up again, and that your drink stops are frequent enough to get two full glasses in during the given time period.
I actually wrote a guest post awhile back about a different way to drink enough water. It featured keeping your glass in a PARTICULAR special spot, namely the bathroom. The idea was that every time you use the bathroom, you chug down a glass of water to replace what you just left, lol. That system works really well, too, but not so much when you need to leave the house.
If you’d like to try this method to drink enough water,
the science behind it is not hard to understand (said no one, ever; but really, in this case it’s true!):
Recent recommendations are to drink the same number of ounces of water as half your body weight is in pounds. So if you weigh 120 lbs, you should drink 60 ounces of water. My personal number is around 65 – 70 ounces (purposely being a little vague, lol).
My drinking glasses hold 12 ounces each. 12 ounces x 5 glasses is 60 ounces, which is not quite enough, so I rounded up to get a requirement of 6 glasses per day.
Then I just sectioned the day into parts that make sense for my schedule (and are easy for my brain to remember) and divided the 6 glasses between them. I want to end around dinnertime so there are enough hours left in the day to “process” that water before bed, lol. I’m not a fan of waking up to use the bathroom multiple times a night, hello. :-)
So all you need to do is figure out your desired number of ounces per day, measure your glasses, and determine how many glasses you need to drink per day. Always round up, because more water is always a good thing. Then divide up the number of glasses evenly throughout the day. Voilà! Now you have your own system!
Drinking lotsa water is good for SO MANY things, so try this plan and see if it works for you. You’ll feel better, and you’ll know you’re taking care of yourself. That’s a good feeling!
This has been an AnnieThing. An AnnieThing is a quick-and-easy tip or trick to help make life go more smoothly, because we can all use a little more “smooth” in our lives. More to come!