The Case for Establishing Baseline Hydration
Consistently striving for proper hydration by drinking enough water per day, based on my body weight, has had a major impact on my health and overall well-being.
I cannot emphasize this enough: it changed my life.
Total daily water intake needs to be spread out throughout the day, since consuming it all at once would be problematic, to say the least, as it would overwhelm your bladder and lead to nausea and vomiting. My method is to break down the total daily water into thirds, which accounts for the three major meal times throughout the day. I think of it more like zones that straddle major meal times. For example, at lunch time midday, I check that I have already finished my first 32 ounces and begin working on my second.
To set yourself up for success, begin your day with your proper hydration program before anything else.
Since we know proper hydration is key to your overall health and well-being, why not start at the beginning of the day and pay yourself first? A lot of research and recommendations highlight the importance of a glass of water to start your day. Let’s take this to the next level by knowing the proper amount of clean water per day based on your body weight and making the commitment to that hydration level first thing to start your day. This initial hydration boost will shake off cobwebs from your sleep, support your rehydration process for proper functioning throughout the day, and help you wake up to the day more refreshed, more clear, and more ready for the day ahead.
I begin each day with a full 32-ounce container of water (often add an electrolyte replacement supplement) and sip throughout the morning after a few gulps to get started. There are many electrolytes on the market and you should research which one suits your needs. I search for products that contain a balanced blend of sodium chloride, potassium, calcium, and magnesium to ensure proper function of all body systems. Also avoid sugars and artificial ingredients like coloring or flavors.
I certainly spread the intake of my 32-ounce container throughout the morning, after a few 5-10 gulps to get started. Listen and trust your body on how much you can take in at a time. There is no need to rush or force anything as your body will only be able to process the incoming water at it's own pace. So, no need to overwhelm your intake of fluids to start your day. Spread the sips throughout the morning.
Once I committed to daily proper hydration on a consistent basis, my life totally changed. Getting up early for my morning meditation became substantially easier and something I look forward to. It’s led me to a greater and fuller exercise routine. My mind is more sharp and clear, full of plasticity and availability to learn new things. I can sit and focus on a topic for an extended period of time. I can find the words to write this book.
I know it sounds too good to be true, but it is. Water is miraculous stuff and in modern society we have the luxury of clean, fresh water in abundance all around us. It’s as close as your kitchen tap. Take advantage of this miracle that right now is likely only a few feet from where you read this article.
If you do nothing else from the information in these articles, may it be you committing to drink clean water daily, at the personal amount, on a regular basis. This could very well be your lifeline, your gilded golden thread toward a happier and more vibrant you.
Water is literally the key foundation to optimal health and peak performance. IF you would like to learn more about how much water would be considered baseline hydration and where to begin, check out my related articles below.
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