Water: that thing you think you’re drinking when you’re pounding a Diet Coke. Spend any time around the Jetson HQ and you will hear us
lecturing gently coaching someone about drinking more water. Water is a crucial component of gut health because it allows your body to properly and efficiently break down the nutrients it needs to keep you healthy.
Jetson’s Top 10 Reasons You Should Pick Up the Water Bottle
1. It boosts energy.
No, you don’t need 5 Hour Energy or a Jolt soda to get moving – just 16oz of water can give you an energy boost for over an hour – in fact, up to 30% more energy. Feeling sluggish? Slam a glass.
2. It puts you in a better mood.
Dehydration actually makes you feel depressed and will exacerbate fatigue. Feeling stressed? Water can help with that as well.
3. It jump-starts your metabolism.
Better metabolism = better transport of proteins and carbs to where they need to go. And if you’re dehydrated, your body can mistake that condition for hunger and then you overeat. More water (especially cold water) can lead to weight loss.
4. You’ll be smarter (or at least less dopey).
Merely a 2% reduction of water levels in the body can lead to a 20% decrease in mental and physical performance. On the flip side, drinking more water turns you into a genius (or at least 14% more clever)
5. Better skin without the 30-minute nightly routine.
You still need to keep a good sunscreen on, but proper hydration causes the forehead creases you make when you question your daughter’s outfit choices snap back to normal more quickly.
6. It helps with bloating.
Oddly, if you’re retaining water, it’s likely because you’re dehydrated. Crush some water and watch the retained water…evacuate.
7. It keeps you healthy.
Proper water consumption has been studied to ward off a litany of things you’d rather not get, like: constipation, kidney stones (no matter how much you think you hate water, you will hate ‘passing’ kidney stones more), Urinary Tract Infections, and even hypertension.
8. You get more with less.
Water helps you extract the nutrients from your food more effectively – so you can toss those multivitamins. Water helps with food breakdown and to dissolve vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from your food.
9. It’s the only actual “Detox”.
Enough water helps your body move ‘toxins’ through your body to where they need to go so they can be excreted. No absurdly expensive green juice required (although sometimes we like an absurdly expensive green juice for other reasons!)
10. It will save you from a broken heart.
Literally – people who had 5 glasses of water a day (which, btw, isn’t enough) were 41% less likely to experience a heart attack than those who drank 2 glasses or less per day.
We can hear it now: “I know I should drink more, but I just don’t remember/don’t like the taste/want a beer instead/enjoy drinking brightly colored liquids not found in nature”. Here are a few tips to overcome those excuses…
Jetson’s Top 4 Tips to Drinking More Water
1. Make it taste better.
Add a couple drops of DoTerra Essential Oils to your water to turn it into something tastier. The grapefruit and lemon ones are my fave.
2. Chug 16oz first thing in the morning.
Look, you’re already miserable getting out of bed – so 16oz of water isn’t going to make your morning any worse (and, in fact, is critical to getting through the day!)
3. Get your water bottle.
We recommend keeping one water bottle permanently affixed to our backpack so no matter where we go (the office, an airport, the middle of the desert) we have something we can fill and drink wherever. Bonus? It’s a visual reminder that you need to be drinking more.
4. Use tech.
Set a reminder every hour, get a cool high-tech water bottle, or add ‘water break’ to your calendar.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
This is pretty simple: the rule of thumb is to take your weight (150 pounds) and halve it (75 pounds). That is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking a day. That amount is actually a little under what The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has specified, but because you will get about 20% of your water intake from foods throughout the day, we’re ok with the methodology. For reference, they say:
- About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids for men
- About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
Here’s the thing – your body will tell you if you’ve had too much. After a while, you’ll even notice your body will begin to crave it. Bottom line – your body will tell you what you need once you get in the rhythm of the right amount of water intake.
Just Do It
Again, there is likely nothing cheaper or easier you could do to boost your overall health than drinking enough water. Stop making excuses and start making progress today!