I like to think I’m a relatively healthy person. I exercise regularly, eat healthy (most of the time), and understand the importance of living a balanced life. But I fall short when it comes to staying well-hydrated.
I have been known to go an entire day with just a coffee in the morning and an iced tea at lunch. By bedtime I’ve consumed no more than 20 to 24 ounces and am not only thirsty but often have a throbbing headache and worse, feel dizzy and foggy. To compare, the average person needs eight 8-ounces glasses of water a day (but if you exercise regularly or live in a warmer climate, you may need even more).
I get so busy during the day that I simply forget to drink. My skin is often dry, and I tend to have minor but frequent breakouts and regular muscle cramps and joint pain. Although I blame these things on age, as a certified health coach, I know enough about nutrition to know that all these symptoms can also be attributed to dehydration. Dehydration can also lead to frequent headaches and muscle cramps and/or joint pain, hunger, poor digestion, wrinkles, dry skin, and nausea. Meanwhile, the benefits of good hydration include enhanced metal clarity, slowing the aging process, improved digestion, relieving back and joint pain, elimination of toxins, and weight loss.
So I decided to challenge myself by drinking 72 ounces of water every day for 10 days. But before starting, I set two rules to help me succeed.