To keep track of the amount of water I should be drinking; I found I would drink more when I used individual water bottles. I feel better when I drink at least six 16.9 oz. bottles of water a day. I still enjoy a glass of tea or lemonade occasionally, but I really do not miss them like I thought I would. I do not know why this works but I think sometimes I am so busy that I do not think about refilling my glass with more water. If I use the individual water bottles, it is easier to grab one when I need it. Call it laziness or whatever, but this helps me drink more water.
Since I started drinking more water every day, I do not feel tired and do not get muscle cramps. I never thought drinking water was so important. I have read that if you are thirsty, at that point, your body is starting to dehydrate. So it is better to drink small sips all the time whenever you can, instead of waiting to become thirsty. It made a big difference for me.
By mkymlp from NE PA /USA
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My older sister, the "wise earth mother" type, taught me the importance of staying hydrated years ago. Dehydration not only causes dry skin and lips and leg cramps, it can be what's behind that nagging headache.
I used to practically live on Pepsi. Now I keep a milk jug full of filtered water in my fridge, and a hard-plastic reusable water bottle handy at all times. My bottle has a wide-mouth design and gets thoroughly washed regularly, and we switch to fresh "fridge jugs" periodically, too. We have an unending supply, hubby drinks it for water. But then an article I read awhile back said milk is almost as good a hydrator as water. We considered the filtered water from the grocery's cooler, but this is more convenient.
Thanks to all your responses. While I do still use plastic water bottles for easy transporting, I use refillable glass bottles at home. I will in the future buy a few stainless steel ones for when I am on the "go"! I like to use the bottles because it helps me keep track of what I drink for the day.
I must agree about what using the plastic bottles does to our environment, but i admire your attempts to stay hydrated. One thing that helps me is the use of a pretty glass. Its just one simple special thing to do for yourself during the day. I have seen people who fill a gallon jug and just keep pouring from that all day until its gone. One last thing, when you wonder if we really need all that water, think of plants. Haven't you seen plants that are all but dead get water and perk right up? That's basically what happens to our bodies when we "water" them!
Better than plastic water bottles (one-time use, incredibly expensive, and horrible for the environmenta), why not get a stainless steel cup and refill it when you drink water? (The chemicals in plastics leech into bottles of water, so not only buying new bottles of water is not the best idea, but refilling them is not good either.) How to keep track of how much water you're drinking? Set your oven timer or an alarm clock! Try to drink 6-8 oz of water every hour, and you will be hydrated and cramp-free in no time at all!
Besides the fact that bottled water costs about 100 times more than tap water, all those plastic bottles are bad for the Earth. And, the big water companies are buying up rights to land that have streams and rivers running through it and wiping out the farmer down the road. (There's a documentary named "FLOW" that you should see - you'd never look at water the same way again.) Why don't you refill a bottle from your tap and save $$ and the environment.
Someone posted this on another thread on this site:
------ Homemade Electrolyte Solution------
I have used this recipe from my family physician for years and it has no Kool Aid or sugar. Works great! I think it's great.
1 quart boiled water
3 Tbsp. orange juice
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
I made it and it's very good. I wonder if you drink some of this in the morning when you first wake up and switch to regular water for the rest of the day if it would help you to stay hydrated-?
"Gee", I do pray this works, I am going to give it a try. All day long I drink Ginger Ale, and Polar Tonic with
Quinine as I heard that this also give some help. Not knowing how true it is I will try anything as those cramps
hurt very bad. Thanks for the suggestions.
Only thing is the individual bottles of water gets expensive. I have a water color with 5 and 3 gallon refill jugs. But like you I forget to fill up the glass and I know I'm not drinking enough. My skin gets very dry in the winter and I, too, am having leg cramps at night. I'll try to do better.
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