This is also why alcohol can be problematic, even in moderation. It's not the calories that are the issue but the dehydration and temporary pause on fat loss while you detox the alcohol (yes, it's a toxin). If you drink regularly enough, fat loss will be even harder as your liver is constantly over-working in less than ideal conditions.
That’s why our members aim for 80-140 oz of high quality, filtered water daily depending on height, weight, nutrition intake, weather, and physical activity.
The goal is sufficient water - not too much, not too little.
- Drink too much water, and you flush out essential minerals from the body.
- Drink too little water, and you might experience fatigue, headaches, irritability, and what feels like hunger
Remember: the hypothalamus regulates both hunger and thirst signals. Make sure that you are hydrated properly so you don't confuse thirst with hunger.
Our favorite way to start the day is drinking at least 16 oz of water first thing in the morning, before coffee. That way we’re well ahead of our goal and digestion is primed for a full day of eating.
The rest of our water comes in between meals, with a full 40 oz consumed around our workouts. And not because you can't drink water and eat food at the same time (think: soups and stews!), but rather because water can have such a filling effect you may get fuller faster without getting in all the nutrients from food that you need.
Grab a big reusable 40 oz water bottle and make it easy on yourself!
Sparkling water doesn’t count toward your daily water goal as hydrating your cells due to the acidic nature of carbonated water. And let's hope you already know that coffee, soda, and alcohol absolutely do not count since they are not only acidic but also diuretics and dehydrating in the case of alcohol 😜
Lastly, if you already drink that much water, rarely drink alcohol, and still feel dehydrated, check to make sure you're getting enough minerals. Hydration is a combination of sufficient water AND electrolytes (essential minerals). Trace Minerals drops or a pinch of mineral-rich salt like Pink Himalayan salt or Redmond Sea Salt can do wonders to increase hydration at the cellular level.
If you're using a reverse osmosis water filter, please use a pH tester to see how acidic it is. Most filters of these type strip the water of minerals, unless you have a filter that adds them back in before it pours into your cup. Most charcoal water filters keep the minerals intact from your tap water. We recommend this at the very least instead of drinking straight from your tap.
Hit reply if you want more information as to why! We could write a book about water... and maybe we will : )
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Shannon Morse & Lisa Kirby | Creators of Awaken Your Nutrition @thegreendoor.life | thegreendoorlife.com