Jay Azeltine – @Jay_Azeltine
The human body is made up of about 60% water.
Are YOU drinking enough water to maintain this very delicate equilibrium? Depending on your lifestyle and specific body type, I recommend 3/4 gallon to 2 gallons of water per day.
If you’re a 250lb construction worker who works outside all day and sweats buckets, then you should be upwards of the two gallon mark. On the flip side, if you’re a 150 lb teacher who sits inside all day and doesn’t sweat a whole lot on the job, you would likely be fine with one to one and a half gallons of water daily.
If I had to guess, 60-75% of the U.S. population is not drinking nearly enough water on a daily basis. Not because they don’t necessarily want to, but more likely because they just aren’t consciously aware of where their water intake is at throughout the day.
That’s where this little life hack comes into play.
Get yourself a 1 gallon jug. You can buy the disposable jugs at the gas station OR you can buy yourself a refillable jug like this from amazon (http://amzn.to/2w6ObNi).
Keeping this jug by your side throughout the day will ensure that you’re drinking an adequate amount of water per day. It gives you a visual marker on how much water you’ve already drank and how much you still need to drink in order to achieve your daily water intake goal.
Again, the water intake goal will vary from person to person.
When you’re drinking water out of a cup or bottle that you fill up at the sink, you don’t have that visual marker in front of you. It’s out of sight and out of mind. The gallon jug forces you to be conscious of where your intake is.
For example, if it’s 3pm and you are only ¼ of the way through your jug and your goal is a gallon, you will be much more likely to pick up the water intake the rest of the day. Opposed to drinking bottles throughout the day and having no idea where you’re really at (unless you’ve been counting the bottles).
Now, if you’re unable to carry around a giant jug all day at your job, that’s understandable, you can still use the jug, just pour your cups of water from the jug throughout the day if possible. This will still allow you to have a visual marker.
Water intake is so important to so many different aspects of life. One thing that I always notice right away when I get my water intake back to where it should be is that my skin begins to clear up quite noticeably. I wish the dermatologists would have asked me how much water I was drinking as a kid instead of immediately whipping out the prescription pad.
Something else that I notice when I’m not drinking enough water is that my joints are much more achy. My body just doesn’t feel as put together.
There are many different ways to ensure accountability when it comes to drinking enough water, but this strategy has always worked wonders for me when I find myself slacking on water intake.
Get hydrated and give it a try!!
Until next time,
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