We all know that we need to drink water to stay hydrated. Not only does it flush toxins through the system, it also keeps our skin plump and glowing. But how much do we really need to drink to maintain optimum hydration levels? If we’re still thinking along the 64 oz. a day rule, we could be short-changing ourselves.
If we think of the body as a plumbing system, it’s water that keeps the pipes flowing and eliminates sludge from building up. With all the focus on gut health, eliminating waste is top priority. I love this advice that chiropractor and healer, Gina Kim, gave her kids when they ate candy. She’d say:
You can eat that (junk food) after you eat some veggies (carrots, celery, cucumber, salad—we usually had a few they could choose from). Or drink at least two more glasses of water to help balance that stuff you want to eat. Before you eat that, I want you to consider if it’s really worth you eating it.”
Water is one of the most receptive of all the elements and is the greatest receiver and absorber of energy—good and bad. It is worth checking out Masaru Emoto’s amazing studies on water crystals which demonstrate the way water reflects our intentions, thoughts, feelings, and even music. When the thoughts are ugly, the water crystals take on a deformed shape. But when a benediction is said over water, the shapes are in synchronicity—bright and balanced. He says:
Water is the mirror of our hearts.”
Our bodies are mostly made up of water. Interestingly, the world is mostly made up of water too. Coincidence? I think not. Imagine how our own thoughts and feelings impact the receptive water channels in our bodies, and how susceptible we are to picking up those emotions from other people too—even when we are not aware that we are doing it.
How much water should we drink?
Here is a simple formula: divide your weight by 2 and that’s how much water you should be drinking, according to POPSUGAR Fitness. So if you weigh 130 lbs., you need to drink 65 oz. of water daily. Add more glasses if you exercise.
Loads of factors actually determine how much you need to drink, and those factors may change each day. Use this Hydration Calculator to calculate each day’s needs that may change according to amount of exercise, pregnancy, breastfeeding, alcohol consumption, altitude, and climate. Ideally, urine should be light yellow.
So drink up to your good health and remember to switch your plastic bottled water with a non-disposable option! BKR Water Bottles are super stylish and the perfect accessory while on the go.