DAY # 12

HYDRATION.


CHALLENGE BREAKDOWN


Today I will drink at least 70 oz of water (shoot for 20-25 oz by 11am, 3pm, & 7pm) and notice if that impacts my appetite levels in anyway. 

Add an extra 20 ounces for every 30-60 minutes of exercise or physical activity.  Stay hydrated to keep your metabolism high but don't OVER-hydrate as that can reduce sodium levels and cause hyponatremia (low sodium which can affect your heart rate).  Keep a water bottle with you all day and just sip on it to stay properly hydrated.  If you are thirsty, you are likely dehydrated.  Regardless if you have had weight loss surgery or not, staying hydrated is essential for everyone's health.

In the winter I find it challenging to meet my daily water goals because I only want to drink water when I work out or at night after dinner.  For some reason I find it difficult to drink enough water during cold days so instead I focus on drinking 32 oz of fresh pressed green juice (which counts towards my fluid goals) after I walk my boxer Kingston, and fill in the blanks with tons of hot herbal tea with liquid stevia (I love SweetLeaf brand) or hot lemon water.  I can’t figure out why nighttime I’m good with drinking water but regardless, I make sure to hydrate before bedtime and always take a large glass to bed with me.  Actually sometimes it is a 32-ounce ball jar filled with water.   Then when I wake up that water is waiting for me on my nightstand and I drink at least 16-20 oz while I am getting ready.  It is, without a doubt, the best way to wake up the body.  Coffee is like a slap in the face to the body, water is like your mom coming into your bedroom sweetly singing to wake you up.

Start to pay attention to your daily water habits and any times or days that seem challenging to you.  The awareness can help you troubleshoot and make changes!

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