Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Water, water everywhere; but not a drop to drink.

When it comes to drinking enough water each day, I well and truly suck. I go through phases on a regular basis, where I get determined to drink more and, for about a week, I do. Then I slip back into my old habits.

If I'm being honest, I will usually go through any given day having a cup of tea and maybe a glass of water. Even typing that, I know how bad it is. I've always been that way and that's probably a big part of the problem - I've become accustomed to drinking very little, so I just get by and it doesn't register. It's rare that feel really thirsty, so I just forget to drink.

I really, really want to change my drinking habit and down more H2O. It has so many health benefits and I am lucky to live in a country where safe drinking water is readily available.




One of the excuses I hear people make most often for not drinking more water, is that it makes them need to pee all the time. If this is the case, it means that you are chronically dehydrated. Imagine the ground when it's been super, super hot and dry for weeks on end, then it suddenly rains: the ground can't cope, it can't absorb it all and so it floods. That's what happens with our bodies.

It apparently takes several days to rehydrate the body and get beyond this pee-palooza, which I'm guessing most people don't know and so don't stick it out. 

The fact that I'm sitting here, crossing my legs and jiggling about because the need to pee (again) is real, tells me that I am one of the many dehydrated folk out there. The fact I'm a one-glass-a-day kinda gal tells me that I've probably spent a good chunk of my life being chronically dehydrated. Not good.

Staying hydrated gives you more energy and helps your whole bodily system to function better, from brain power to bowel movements (sorry, but it's true). Not to mention helping to flush out bugs, toxins and so on.

One of the reasons I really want to start drinking more is to improve my skin, particularly my face. Recently I've noticed it looking really dull and kinda haggard, especially around the eyes. If drinking a shedload of water will help plump it out a bit, then I'll give it a go.

Just a warning, on the flipside - there is too much of a good thing. Experts (whoever they are) recommend around two to three litres of water a day. More than that and you're entering dubious territory. I did read why drinking too much water can be dangerous, but I can't remember why. Google it if you're that bothered, but I don't think there can be many people who drink more than three litres of water a day, surely? 

The point of this rambling post, is purely to say that I intend to drink more water and I hope that by saying so, I actually do it. I invite any of you in a similar situation to join me on my quest for hydration! I am hoping that by sitting my supercute drinking accessories (above) in front of me, I might actually manage to up my intake. I have also started answering anyone who asks if I'd like a cup of tea/a drink, with, "Water, please".

Now, if you'll excuse me...I have to pee.


Do you have any tips to help me drink more?
How much water do you drink each day?

xx





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12 comments:

  1. I was definitely chronically dehydrated for years! I've started drinking a lot more water now. I figured that I only like drinking cold fresh water, so I usually keep the fridge stocked and sometimes I just gulp down one bottle in the morning in about 5 minutes, then I know I'm ahead of myself for the day! x

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    1. I'm so fussy - I have sensitive teeth, so I don't like it too cold. But I also can't stand warm water. I'm like Goldilocks - it has to be juuuust right! x

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  2. I hope you enjoyed your pee - hahah!
    I always find it strange how people can't drink water, as some people I know don't like the taste of water. I always have squash (low sugar kind) to hand as that helps me drink all the water I need on a daily basis.
    Also get yourself massive pint glasses to drink from! I hope this helps xxxx

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    1. Girl, I'm still peeing like a horse! I like water, I just forget to drink it. I find pint glasses too intimidating, like "Look at me! Look how much you HAVE to drink!" I'm finding that having my big flip top bottle and filling up my cute heart glass regularly, is working quite well. Watching the bottle level get lower spurs me on! xx

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  3. I actually just ordered an Infuser Water Bottle you can put for example fruit (or herbs) in it and make your own flavoured water! Without sugar or other bad stuff! I drink lots of tea... big mugs! I love green tea.. but I like trying different flavours! Natural flavours, nothing artificial.

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    1. I drink quite a lot of tea, but I don't feel like it hydrates me. I am intrigued by the infuser bottle, but I generally don't like flavoured water. I'd rather have it plain, but making my own flavours may be okay! xx

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  4. Since the new year I have been trying to up my water intake. Most days I consume at least one litre, which is better than nothing, since I used to just drink tea :) I still drink plenty of tea!

    In the beginning I peed a lot, but it definitely stops after a while. Now I just pee as much as I would on any regular day :)
    I was a little bit meh maybe it'll do things, but it's definitely helped me feel more awake during the days, it's cleared my skin up a in general, but doesn't really help when I break out from stress. The best thing for me was the reduction in headaches I was getting... but not the migraines, it doesn't seem to do anything for them.

    To help me drink more, I put water into bottles. I don't care about it being chilled, but I just need to be able to carry it around with me. At work I have a 1L bottle that I fill up at work and drink at my desk. I admit, I don't refill it with fresh water the next if there's some left, I am currently drinking yesterdays water at the moment...
    At home I have a smaller bottle (750ml) that I carry around the house, take to bed, whatever, it really helps.

    I've yet to master how to consume as much water when we are out and about though... I try to pick up a small bottle but that's usually it. My plan is to consume lots of water in the weekdays to offset that :)

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    1. I'm glad to hear the peeing stops after a while! I'm still in the pee phase, which make me think I was even more dehydrated than I thought! I think I'm managing about 1.5 litres per day, which like you say is much better than my usual amount! Once I'm used to that, I'm going to increase it to 2 litres.

      I'm finding that having a big bottle in front of me and regularly topping up my glass from it, is helping. Seeing the level go down does encourage me to have some more!

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  5. I know I don't drink enough water. I feel OK until all of a sudden (usually after the gym) feel so bad from it. I have no idea how to make myself stick to drinking more, I think it just has to become a habit.

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    1. Yes, same here - I'm so used to drinking very little that it's hard to break the habit. I've stuck to it for several days, but it's going to be tough making myself stick to it long term!

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  6. My work colleagues think I'm weird because I drink more water than anything else. Monday to Friday, I'll drink about 3litres a day with no problem and yet on the weekend, I get really dehydrated because I forget all about it. It's weird. Try one of those bobbles where you can add fruit, make it a bit more exciting! Xx

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    1. Oh man, I wish I could do that! I have noticed that since drinking more, I feel thirsty if I have a day where my intake drops, which for me is good - I rarely used to feel thirsty, so now it's prompting me to drink. I'm not really a fan of fruit flavoured waters - they taste 'weak' if that makes sense. I actually really like water, just need to remind myself to keep drinking it! xx

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