Drinks On Me!
Take your body weight. No, not your ideal body weight. Your real body weight. Now divide it by 2. Now divide that number by 8.
150lbs divided by 2 = 75oz divided by 8oz = 9.375 cups
Your final number is the number of cups of water you should be drinking in the run of a day.
Not coffee. Not tea. Not milk. Not juice. Not soda pop. Not liquor.
Water. Plain ol’ straight outta the tap water.
“Why just water,” you ask. “Those other things you mentioned are all liquid. Why should we not count those towards our daily water intake?”
Because all of those other fluids are not pure, clean, straight water. They all contribute something else, something extra, to your body, and in a lot of cases, take something away. Your body depends on plain water for so much, it is a mean trick to say, “This pop counts! This coffee counts!”. It just isn’t fair.
There’s plenty of arguments out there for and against coffee, tea, milk, alcohol, and juice. Myself, I enjoy almond milk and occasionally root beer, and a good ginger ale when I’m sick. But as a general rule, we should look to water first as a method of quenching our thirst.
In all honesty, that is all we ever should be drinking. The majority of our fluids should be just water. That isn’t to say a cup of tea or a glass of wine should be forsaken entirely but they should not count toward your daily water intake. And they should be taken in moderation, as treats, or in the case of tea and alcohol, in midicinal quantities.
Michael and I never drink coffee. We don’t even own a coffee maker. We didn’t want the addiction. I am happy with that. But I can imagine the joy and comfort a cup of coffee can bring a person. But you should question any substance you can become addicted to. (Subsequently, this can include anything, even water.)
I will readily admit, I am not great at getting my cups of water per day. But I try. And I will continue to try. There is nothing so nice as a cool glass of sweet, clear water. No lemon, no sugar, no coloring. Just plain ol’ water. Ahhhhhh!
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