Set a Goal for Better Hydration

Set a Goal for Better Hydration

Posted by admin on Jan 7th 2022

A great way to start the year is to set a tangible goal as a way to get on the path toward self-improvement and to stay motivated beyond the stereotypical “New Year’s Resolution” that more often than not gets forgotten within a few months. As Multipure is a company focused on drinking water, health, and hydration, it is only fitting that the first goal you should set for the new year is to improve your hydration.

Why do you need to improve your hydration? Because proper hydration is essential for your body to operate at its best. Hydration affects your digestion, waste elimination, and body metabolism, your blood pressure, your temperature regulation, the health of your skin and hair, your mental acuity and concentration, and more. Hydration touches upon every system in your body, because your body is more than 60% water.

Now, you may not think you need to improve your personal hydration. Most people believe that they stay hydrated enough through their regular intake of food and beverages. But how much water are you really drinking a day? How much is actual water, and not a sugary soft drink, sports drink, energy drink, coffee, tea, or fruit juice? While theoretically, any beverage can provide a degree of hydration, the problem is that many ingredients in beverages are detrimental to hydration. Both caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which means that they dehydrate you through urination. Energy drinks include sugar, caffeine, and other additives that can also make you urinate more often. And soft drinks, fruit juices, and sports drinks are very high in sugar and calories, making them more akin to liquid candy than a healthy source of hydration.

Do you really know how much water you should be drinking? The old adage advises people to drink “eight cups (8-oz) of water a day” to stay properly hydrated. But modern medical advice differs, in that everyone is unique, and a one-size-fits-all hydration solution is not appropriate for everyone’s needs. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides an updated guideline that states that adult men should drink 15.5 cups (3.7 liters, or 125 oz) of fluids a day, while adult women should drink 11.5 cups (2.7 liters, or 91 oz) of fluids a day to remain properly hydrated. More specific nutritional advice states that you should drink at least 50% of your body weight in ounces of water daily, and can even drink up to 100% of your body weight in ounces of water. This means that an adult that weighs 160 pounds should drink from 80 oz to 160 oz of water daily – the equivalent of 10 to 20 cups of water.

 So to set a specific, personal hydration goal, use the metric of half your weight in ounces of water. This way, you get a more concrete idea of how many cups of water you should be drinking as a daily goal.

Once you have a better idea of how much water you drink, and how much water you should be drinking, the next step is to determine if you’re drinking the best quality water. Generally, most households tend to get their drinking water either straight from the tap at their sink or refrigerator, or from plastic bottles of water, either as large jugs, or as cases or pallets of smaller bottles. Some people may use water filters, although the types of filters can greatly vary. These range from filtered water pitchers that are stored in the refrigerator, to small faucet-mounted water filters, to more comprehensive stand-alone water filters that sit on the counter or below the sink. Which source are you using for your drinking water?

Municipal water treatment plants will make your tap water generally safe for consumption, using basic sand filtration and either chlorine or chloramine to purify the water of most bacteria, viruses, or live cysts. The problem exists in that this doesn’t account for contaminants entering the water supply after it has left the treatment plant or the chlorine or chloramine added to the water. The addition of chlorine or chloramine not only impacts the water’s taste and odor, but can also cause the formation of disinfection byproducts, an entire additional class of cancer-causing contaminants that include very harmful chemical compounds such as trihalomethanes or haloacetic acids.

Bottled water is not an efficient or effective source for cleaner, better drinking water. It is expensive to purchase, it is a bulky finite resource, and its quality is often the same as tap water, with all of the inherent potential flaws and hazards of tap water. The plastic bottling process itself has been found to add contaminants to the water in the form of plastic particles!

Home water filtration is often your best choice when it comes to the combination of quality, affordability, and convenience. And when it comes to home water filtration, Multipure is your best choice, as a Multipure drinking water system treats your water for the broadest range of contaminants, at a much more affordable price than bottled water, and with the convenience of high quality water whenever you need it, right at your kitchen sink.

So, you should know why you need to hydrate more. You should know how much water you actually drink. You should know how much water you should be drinking. And you know what method you should use to obtain the best, most affordable water to drink. All that’s left now is to incorporate more drinking water into your lifestyle. This is not as difficult as it may seem, as there are many tips and habits that can make drinking more water simple and easy:

  • Make water the first thing you drink in the morning, and the last thing you drink before bed.

  • Drink a cup of water before and after each meal of the day.

  • Next time you reach for a sugary soda or fruit juice, instead reach for a glass of ice water.

  • Keep a reusable water bottle at hand throughout the day, whether you’re at home or at work, and make sure to drink from it and refill it regularly.

  • Use a health tracking app to record your hydration progress throughout the day – this can not only keep track of your progress, but also work as encouragement and motivation to complete your daily hydration goals.

  • Add a squeeze of lemon, lime, or orange if you want a splash of flavor in your water, or alternately add some berries, herbs, or cucumber to your water.

Understanding your personal hydration needs will help you set a goal for better hydration. Once you have that goal set, and once you start practicing better hydration habits, you can accomplish your first health goal of the new year, and enjoy better hydration for better health.