Monday, March 23, 2009

Am I Getting Enough Water?

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The quick answer to that question is going to be no. Historically, my records show I drink an average of 2 glasses of water a day. I am supposed to drink 8 glasses a day. I don't know how much water I get from the food I eat, but I'm sure it's nowhere near enough. I know for a fact I am chronically dehydrated and yet, I still don't drink my water.

It isn't because I don't like water. I love a nice glass of filtered tap water with a spritz of lemon. I actually prefer a glass of water to soft drinks that burn my throat or fruit drinks that just make me thirstier.

One reason I skip drinking water is convenience. If there is a glass of ice water on my desk, I will drink it when I think about it. I can reduce the temptation to reach for a soda or coffee by leaving those off my desk and keeping a tall glass of ice water there instead.

Another problem getting all the fluid I need is inattention. This one is more difficult because I rarely interpret the signals my body is sending me correctly. The early signs of thirst are lost in the bustle of the day. To solve this problem, I can use the breaks as a reminder to take a drink of water. Eight breaks during the day, one per hour, will ensure I get all the water I need.

I've identified a couple of the obstacles that keep me from drinking all the water I should. What about you? Are you drinking all the water you need? Do you have any tips to stay hydrated?

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