The daily recommendation for water for an average person for good health is 64-80 ounces a day. I get that. I mean I drink at least a gallon a day which is 128 ounces, not because I am told to do so, it’s because my body asks for it. Now, because I work out as often as I do and work in a hot sweaty gym, naturally, my water intake is a bit easier and more of a natural response. I also know that a lot of you struggle to consume the water that you need because, let’s be honest, water doesn’t really emote flavor and excitement. It’s hard to take down plain old tap water eight ounces at a time. I’ve been there, but what I am seeing more often now is how much people are starting to “doctor” their water to make it more drinkable.
First of all, third world countries that barely have drinking water and that need to boil water on their stovetops daily are the only ones that can use the adjective undrinkable. However, out of some kind of weird boredom, there is a market for making water “better”. First thing, how do you make something naturally amazing, better? It’s like looking at a sunset and saying those colors are off. Although, I do agree, at times, it’s not that easy to down the expected amount of water, but let’s talk about what your options really are.
Any natural ingredient is better than anything off a shelf.
I am a firm believer of infusing my water with different fruits, veggies and even herbs. You don’t add any calories or fat, but you do add some dimension. Now, I love infusing water not because I need to down water, but because there is an actual benefit to doing so.
I could go on all day giving you suggestions on how to “doctor” your water to achieve the suggested daily recommendation. But the fact is, you need to listen to your body… it will not fail you. When you need water, you will drink it… plain and simple. If you have over hydrated, you will urinate a lot… not the worst thing in life, as long as it’s not incontinence. I drink a lot of water not because I have to, but because my body needs it, craves it.
Some days are better than others, I admit that. Some days, I add fruit or herbs to my water. Other days, I drink green tea and even some days I drink beer (yes, it’s mostly water, but not condoning that as a source). Make sure you are informed, not making excuses and providing your body with the benefits that water has on its own. You can’t mess with perfection.
Monica Sehgal is a personalized fitness and nutrition evolution coach. She works with clients throughout the greater Chicago region helping them reach their wellness goals through personal evolution.