After seeing this water bottle trend, you know the one, that fancy gallon size water bottle with cute markers like “ you’ve got this,” “no excuses,” “keep drinking”…
I couldn’t help but wonder, where the hell did we get the idea that we should be drinking a gallon of water a day regardless of your size, what you ate that day, the outside temperature, your activity level and most importantly your metabolic rate.
If you are already showing signs of low metabolism like frequent urination, cold hands and feet, dry skin, anxiety, mood swings, poor sleep, skin issues, digestion probs then I would steer clear of drinking loads of water.
I remember years ago when I went on my health journey I was watching YouTube videos of fitness competitors to see what they would eat and drink. I distinctly remember them drinking a gallon of water a day and avoiding salt like the plague as a recipe for successful weight loss.
Some other tricks I was told to basically starve myself was that drinking cold water causes you to burn extra calories to warm the water up and that drinking a lot of water reduces your appetite.
I’m annoyed at myself for falling for this bullshit.
I also remember drinking so much water one time that I had to leave work because I felt so sick with a headache, nausea and diarrhea. Yes, OVER-HYDRATING is a thing. I remember thinking it was a badge of honor to have clear pee.
And over-hydrating can make you thirstier and actually dehydrate you more.
Here’s the deal. Drinking too much water can be a huge stressor. You are basically:
1. Creating severe mineral imbalances – you need sodium, potassium, + magnesium to absorb water and so much water without sodium will create hyponatremia.
2. Overworking your kidneys while they try to secrete all this extra liquid.
3. Lowering your metabolic rate. Cold hands and feet? Sucking down a shit load of water will only make you colder.
4. Putting out your digestive fire, hello heartburn, bloating, + gas!
Hydrate with salted water, coconut water, fruits, milk, fruit juices, + broths.
Drink when you are thirsty. If you are hungry- listen + eat. Don’t trick your body into thinking its full with a glass of water. 🙄