3 Tips to Drink More Water
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I am not a doctor, none of the information on any of these pages pertaining to the Ketogenic Diet or Adrenal Fatigue should be considered medical advice and should not replace the care of your personal physician. I am simply eager to share the information I have learned while on my own journey to health. Before you embark on this journey, please consult with your physician.
Do you drink enough water each day?
How much water is too much, or how much is too little?
As you begin to cut back the carbs and increase your fat intake, your body will go into a state of ketosis (not to be confused with ketoacidosis – which is life-threatening).
In ketosis, your body begins to use it’s own fat stores as fuel, and as it does you begin also begin to expel more water through sweat and frequent urination.
We’ve always been told: eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
Tips to Drink More Water
But, do you even know how much water you drink each day? Oh – and your coffee doesn’t count!
That stinks, I know.
Fact is: for every caffeinated drink, you need to add an extra 8-ounce glass of water. But is eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day truly scientific?
Well…….yes and no.
Eight 8-ounce glasses may be a good start, but depending on your height and weight, you may need even more water than THAT!
Here is a calculator to help you discover how much water you should be drinking everyday.
1. Drink more water by getting a pretty or fun glass bottle.
More and more research is showing how dangerous plastic is to our hormone health. Chemicals from plastics leach into the water (or our food) and do tremendous damage to our body, raising our toxic load.
I use a glass bottle similar to these ones:
Having a fun glass bottle to drink from will be a reminder to drink more water more frequently.
2. Drink more water by adding a few drops of lemon or lime juice
Many people don’t drink enough water because they don’t like the taste of water.
If you live in the city, your water will often have a strong taste because of the chlorine and floride added, masking the taste of the water makes it easier to get your fluid intake up.
You don’t need a lot, don’t add juice from half the lemon or lime, just a few drops to make your water taste better.
3. Drink more water by drinking teas
Drinking non-caffeinated tea is a great way to get your water intake in each day. My favorites are:
- Green tea
- White tea
- Roobois tea
- Mint tea
- Chamomile tea
- Even fruit teas (do not drink if you are fasting, because they can cause an insulin spike as they are not leaf teas)
- This Holy Basil and cinnamon tea is a very healthy choice!
But why is water so important?
- It helps to detoxify our bodies.
- It helps improve our kidney function.
- It helps give us energy.
- It helps keep our skin hydrated.
- It helps keep migraines and headaches away.
- It helps keep our digestive systems working like they should.
So – be sure you get adequate water everyday. Especially if your increasing your fat intake and decreasing your carb intake!!
You’ll know you’ve had enough water when your urine is nearly clear. The more yellow your urine, the more dehydrated you are.
If your urine has a strong color, you need to drink more water.
Also, consider adding some minerals to your water because the more fluids you eliminate, the greater likelihood there is for an electrolyte imbalance.
Here are some great keto-approved electrolytes:
- Perfect Keto Electroytes
- Gerolsteiner Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
- Salt Stick Caps
- Homemade Electrolyte Drink
Note: Sugary, caffeinated, and carbonated drinks do not count toward your water intake.
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