an interesting discovery and 9 ways to drink more water
Tue 18th, Jun, 2013
Morning beach cottage ladies,I’m having a chat this morning stemming from things we’ve been talking about on Facebook (over here if you want to join us), talking about drinking water and the bottom line being…do you drink enough water, does it give you more energy when you do and the main question seems to be the answer to this question: how to drink more water in a day?
Before the Facebook chat though, for me, this all water rabbling started when I recently went to the Whitsundays for a blogging thing…there I got talking to one of the others who has been dabbling with the alkaline diet and what it did for health…I was kinda interested…interested enough to take a little strip with me to the bathroom and see what my PH levels were like and once I had done that, see how I could improve….long story short, I was pretty much ok, but upping my water intake significantly changed the result on the little stick a lot…
Before that I thought I was drinking enough water, but I was actually coming in about 750ml short every day according to the results on the stick.
All that ‘diet’ stuff aside though (I have NEVER been one for any kind diet plans, always never been able to choose to only eat grapefruits or follow someone’s diet plan), I suddenly realised that increasing my water intake, even though I was drinking plenty before, significantly effected my energy levels…let’s not get carried away with ourselves here, I certainly am not buzzing around after 7pm twiddling my thumbs wondering what quite to do with my time – I still collapse at the end of the day on the sofa, after that bra-off moment and wonder if, pray, I will ever ever get up again…but the water thing has helped muchly.
So I thought it might be good to write about my experiences here, seeing as some of you might be in the same boat as me? Please note though that the water intake thing has not apparently been proven, so these are just my findings on how I feel and the comments from a few Beach Cottage friends…
We started talking about it on Facebook…What came up? …we are all women, in different situations, with different lifestyles and ahem have differing amounts of crinkly skin on our necks, but what was evident is that most people have learnt the answer to why they should drink water and want to drink more water because it makes them feel better…but they also want to know how to drink more water…but some found it tricky to remember to get in the full amount of water every single day…suddenly they realised it was the end of the day and they had been running around after littlies all day…they’d been to work put their head down and never looked up let alone had a glass of water and some just simply forgot…
Some of the things that were said
I hardly drink any and I am very tired all the time… I feel my water intake definitely affects how I feel. Why don’t I drink more? I forget most of the time, and that’s pretty much all it comes down to. Rebecca
I drink nowhere near enough, I think I am just too busy feeding my young son & making sure he’s hydrated that I neglect myself! Rebecca
Here are some of the comments from real girls about drinking water and their energy levels…
Go water. Take a bottle to bed every night as well as car and near computer. Try and have a drink on the hour each hour to get 8 glasses in. Definitely agree about headaches. Often caused by dehydration. Simone
I try to drink at least 2 liters each day and then the rest from foods. I feel so much better when I do and I definitely notice when I don’t. Janis
I looooooooooooooooove my water and feel very dehydrated and drained if I’m not having it on the hour every hour. I would have at least 3 litres a day. I also mix up a big jug of water and add sliced limes, lemon, fresh ginger, mint, cucumber, apple slices and a good slug of chlorophyll and have that all day too. If I don’t drink water all day I get headaches and feel very cranky and tired. I love my water! Eva
I normally feel best if I put a pinch of Himalayan salt and vitamin c in my water. Also drinking spring water instead of tap water has made a difference. Sonja
Tara, a nutritionist also left me the comment below on how to work out how much water you should be drinking … I did this, worked out how much I was short and upped it to this and am feeling the difference…
Hi, I’m a qualified nutritionist. To work out the minimum level you need times your weight in kgs by 0.03
9 Ways to Drink More Water
1. pretty up your bottle and bond with your water – this may sound silly but it clearly works for me (this probably will not surprise you, you now that anything in a vintage bottle and I am there)…just the fact that it looks nicely presented seems to help…
2. drink a third of your intake as early on in the day as possible – obviously it’s better if you don’t leave it to drinking water at 8pm when you suddenly realise that your vintage, or not, bottle is still sitting, prettily dressed up on the counter and very much un-touched…to be quite honest this has been the biggest change for me…I was clocking in a good deal of water in every day but often wouldn’t get going on it (unless I had been exercising) until the afternoon…now I am drinking water in the morning and it’s making a difference to energy levels in the afternoon – plus doing it this way, even if you have a busy middle of the day you know you are well on your way to being hydrated rather than de-hydrated…
3. keep a bottle with you wherever you go – another thing I find works a treat…being chief taxi driver in this little family every evening I pop on my delivery cap and deliver various children to various activities…having a bottle of water with me means I keep the water intake up…I try always to keep one in my bag too…think of all the places you can stash water too – under your desk, beside the sofa, in the back of the magic wardrobe while you are rummaging around looking for things ;-)
4. set reminders on your phone or computer, bing! drink water, get healthy!
5. set a challenge – drink 1 bottle by lunchtime, refill and another bottle in the afternoon etc
6. add things to it – adding some lemon, lime, herbs etc can spruce it up a bit if you feel that drinking water, in any shape or form is the last possible thing you could do…
7. try hot water – this totally changes the drinking water thing …I kid myself that I am making a cup of tea and instead just add lemon to water – another cup of water ticked off the list!
8. brew up herbal teas – I am very into peppermint lately and surprisingly have replaced some of my regular tea intake with Peppermint (please do not mention this to any passing Englishman, I will never live it down)
9. drink water with your meal – add a bottle of water and a glass on the table when you eat as you find in a restaurant…you will be surprised how you reach for this and find yourself drinking extra water!
I hope you found this interesting, or at least you liked the vintage bottle and the Mason Jar ;-)
So tell me, what are your views on drinking water (or not) – do you think it’s a whole load of poppycock, do you feel different if you drink more water or do you not feel much either way?
p.s. Beach Cottage ladies of the web, especially ladies with crinkles, I have come across a lot about water and the plumping up of one’s skin, please take note I have NOT seen this in any shape or form to be the case for me…but it’s worth a go is it not?
p.p.s. it also came up on Facebook that you can drink too much water and that is not good either…interesting too if you look into it.