30 Day Health Challenge – Day 6

On day 1, we started logging everything we ate and drank. We did that because we now know what our drinking habits are, so we have a good baseline for today’s challenge task: drink more water!

We all know that water is important to keep us hydrated, but did you know that dehydration can lead to food cravings? Sometimes when you think you’re craving food, your body really wants water. Water also helps keep your bowels moving and lubricates your joints.

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the necessary daily intake for women is about 2.7 liters, but keep in mind that some of that water will come from other beverages and your food. If you’re eating 5 servings of vegetables a day and 3 servings of fruits a day, at least 20% of your water will come from just those sources.

Remember that everything with your health is bio-individual, meaning that what works for me won’t work for you. You also probably see seasonal differences in your needs. In the summer, I ride horses in 95 degree heat and typically drink 120 ounces of water a day. In the winter, I drop to about 75 ounces of water a day. The secret is to learn to listen to your body.

So… When I say drink more water, take a look at your log. Add 8 ounces to what you’ve been drinking. If you currently drink a lot of soda (or pop or Coke depending on where you grew up), drink a glass of water for every serving of soda.

My winter water goal is 75 ounces a day, and I haven’t been meeting it, so I’m going to make sure I hit my goal today.

NOTE: Try to get all your water in at least two hours before bed. Drinking and eating within two hours of your bedtime can lead to lower quality sleep and more interruptions in your sleep.

Happy Eating!

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