May 6 2012
Staying hydrated is a super important part of being healthy!
Find out why I personally drink 2 gallons of water each day, how I do it, and let it help you decide how much water you should be drinking each day!
2 gallons? Really? Yes. Really.
Does is bloat me? No. It does the exact opposite of bloating me.
Does it make me go to the bathroom a lot? Yes.
If you’re really concerned about that, change your perspective. Think of it as additional cardio when you run to the bathroom and think of it as a little leg exercise as you hold a squat over the toilet.
Seriously though, you do have to be prepared to go to the bathroom more often.
Don’t think of it as an inconvenience. Think of it as a good reason to get up and move a little. When you make a decision to change your life, staying hydrated is a really important part of that.
Feeling thirsty yet? Drink up!
Make a decision to change your life. One workout at a time. One meal at a time. One sip at a time.
xoxo ~ Cori
How Much Water Do You Drink Each Day?
Here’s the deal. When you are properly hydrated, your blood volume goes up to the proper level. That means you have more blood to transport all the nutrients your cells need. Your cells aren’t starving. All of the great food you’re eating is actually making it’s way to your cells. That’s the point, isn’t it?
Drinking enough water allows your body to thrive because the increased blood volume pumps your cells up with all the benefits of your healthy diet and exercise.
Your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump your blood everywhere it needs to go. Your organs don’t have to work as hard. Your body can function optimally.
Your body’s energy can go towards dropping body fat and building muscle, instead of going towards getting your cells the nutrients they need to simply function. Your body can check that off it’s list of things to do. Your body isn’t just surviving anymore, it’s thriving.
You can learn a little about the effects of dehydration by watching the video below. As you watch it, think about what would happen if you hydrate properly. Think about all of the risks he discusses, but in reverse.
If you want your body to lose body fat and build muscle, you have to hydrate properly.
Otherwise, you’re simply wasting all of that hard work from your workouts. You’re wasting all of the benefits of sticking to your diet. I’m not cool with wasting that effort. Are you?
Dr Travis Stork on Dehydration
1 gallon = 3.79 liters
1 gallon = 128 fluid oz
1 gallon = 4 quarts
1 gallon = 16 cups (US)
Stay Hydrated Like the Opportunist!
If you read the article, make sure you don’t miss the line, “An adult whose heart, kidneys, and pituitary gland are functioning properly would have to drink more than two gallons of water a day to develop water intoxication.”
There is a lot of conflicting research out there about the proper amount to hydrate, but please don’t let fear drive your choices. Fearing overhydration is not a valid reason to dehydrate yourself. If you are concerned, talk to a health professional about your particular activity level, goals, lifestyle and allow the professional to make a recommendation. But, keep in mind that you are the true expert when it comes to your own body.
As long as you’re healthy and LISTENING to YOUR body, getting to the point where you’re overhydrated would be difficult. It is much more common to be dehydrated.
PROPERLY HYDRATE FOR YOUR PERSONAL BODY, GOALS, ACTIVITY LEVEL
Make sure you understand I’m saying to properly hydrate! There’s really no way to argue this one.
2 gallons works for me. That doesn’t mean it is the right amount for you, but you do need to properly hydrate. Listen to your body!
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