Water – It’s for everyone and though The C Card and Me book and blogs are about getting smarter about treatment and recovery, they are also about prevention and sometimes just about good sound advice that anyone can follow to improve their quality of life. Since it’s been proven that all of us humans are made up of about 60% water and we need to replenish that water every day regardless of what cancer we have or even if we are in best of health, I decided agua would be the ‘case in point’ topic for the week. The question that seems hard to answer (and then swallow) is; how much water should I drink?
I get irritated and tune out whenever someone tries to throw too many details or stats at me, so when a massage therapist gave me a good and simple suggestion of take my body weight, cut it half (like that part) and drink at least that many ounces of water every day, I was happy to adopt it. Yeah, I know, there are so many more variables to consider like climate and amount you exercise (not enough), how much alcohol and caffeine you take in (meter goes berserk) and others. I just don’t have the patience or the brain capacity these days for all that weighing and measuring. Ohhhhhh, so guess what I found…a cool little Hydration Calculator that breaks it down with 9 little Q&A’s~
Go on, give it a try and see what results you get. Who knows, maybe one day this knowledge could save your life or maybe even win you a prize (eh…? See how cleverly I slipped that one in ;).
My total came to: 116.5 ounces or 3.5 liters and I’m not too proud to say that holy crap, that’s a lot of water~ I cringed when I saw it because that’s more than my new golden rule of thumb, which I have a hard time sticking to as it is. Find yours, then take a moment to let it soak in before reading on…
Ok, how the hell am I supposed to drink in 3.5 liters of water every day? I’m not big on drinking water as it is, but I need to buck up and put it into perspective. Do I really want to make the best of my 2nd lease on life or do I want to stick to the same old unhealthy patterns that led to not so fun year and half of chemo etc.?
Okay, okay, so more water it is. Here are some suggestions of what has worked for me and a couple suggestions from friends (feel free to post any you have in the comment section below):
- For the drinkers; every time you have a drink, follow it with at least an 8 oz glass of water.
- For the on the movers/shakers; carry around a cool re-usable water bottle with you.
- For the foodies; every time you eat something, follow it was a glass of water and “consider it clearing your palate”. Apparently, that’s a very cool thing to say these days ;).
- For the desk jockey’s; a combo, for every cup of coffee you have or tea, follow it with water and keep a bottle at your desk. when it’s empty then get your ass up out of your chair and head over to the water cooler and make conversations with human beings en route.
If your company doesn’t have a water cooler then talk them into buying a tap filter and if you work for a company with zero budget (or incredibly stingy bean counters) then rack up some karma points and go out and buy one. People will appreciate it. If you’re a coffee shop fanatic who’s morning words involve “Venti” then double it up and order a venti ice water every time. That’s 20oz towards your daily goal.
My trick for getting the water in is something I learned on my recent trip to Italy; drink sparkling water with every meal. I literally drink 2 of the 1 L bottles every day. In the mid day I have a tall glass with either a splash of unsweetened cranberry or pink grapefruit (and you know how I love grapefruit) juice. At night I drink it with dinner and beyond, often with a splash of Pinot Grigio. I also live really close to a natural (alkaline) water source and at just 50 cents a gallon and all it’s reputed detoxing properties I can afford to use it for my coffee maker as well as a big glass of it with my morning pills (oh god I sound/feel so old saying that). All that and during my mid afternoon lull I’ll break from the PC and fill my Venti mug with one of my favorite (green, lemon, earl grey) teas.
And there you have it. As you can see, it’s not quite as much as I should be drinking, so I’m open to suggestions. How do you get in your daily allotment of agua? Inquiring minds want to know~
Water, it’s on my top 12 list of gifts. If you missed it, there’s the link to a list of great gifts for cancer patients and in this case just about anyone needing to adopt the “Hydration is the new mantra” motto.
(go on, you know you’re curious…)
Don’t forget that about 20% of the food you eat is made up of water~
The hint was in this posting. Head back to The C Card and Me facebook page on Monday at 9am. First one to post the correct answer wins this little beauty: