As I continually strive, and fail, to give up caffeine, I have made a mini-goal to at least hydrate properly. I did some quick research about exactly how much water I should be drinking and found that the general consensus is, we should be taking in about 64oz of fluids a day, water being the ideal fluid. A trick to help you drink this much water is is known to many as the 8×8 rule: Drink an 8oz glass of water eight times a day for optimal hydration.
According to the Mayo Clinic website:
“The average urine output for adults is about 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) a day. You lose close to an additional liter (about 4 cups) of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 oz) along with your normal diet, you will typically replace your lost fluids”
In the book “The Chakra Energy Plan” by Anna Selby, the following schedule is suggested as you practice the 8×8 rule:
Your body loses water during the night, so drink a large glass of water as soon as you wake up. This will also help detoxify your kidneys and liver. Wait at least ½ hour to eat after drinking.
Drink your second glass of water. If you travel a long distance to work, bike, walk, or have a hot summer commute, carry a bottle of water with you and sip as you commute, in addition to your 9:00 am glass.
Drink your third glass of water, more if you are in a hot climate, or in the midst of a hot weather spell.
Have a glass a half hour before you eat lunch
Drink your fifth glass of water to ensure clear afternoon thinking. At this time of day many people experience a dip in their energy and concentration levels.
Instead of having your afternoon glass of coffee or tea, try a cup of hot water or herbal tea.
Drink another glass of water as you leave work, or right when you get home. At least 1/2 hour before dinner
Drink your last glass of water here to prevent nighttime dehydration. However, make sure you don’t drink too close to your bedtime, lest you have to wake up in the night to use the restroom!
Good Luck, and don’t forget to cut back on buying plastic by keeping some extra cups or reusable bottles in your purse or bag