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4 Ways to Stay Hydrated

Anyone else exist in a chronic state of dehydration and live off of coffee? Ah, the joys of motherhood! Well, we’re determined to shake things up and drink more water this year – both for us and for our kids!

4 Ways to Stay Hydrated

Written by: Jessica Diamond, MPH, RDN

Anyone else exist in a chronic state of dehydration and live off of coffee? Ah, the joys of motherhood! Well, we’re determined to shake things up and drink more water this year – both for us and for our kids!

Water is important for so many things. It aids in digestion and helps with healthy bowel movements. It keeps you energized and in sync with your hunger cues, so that you don’t mistake thirst for hunger. And it nourishes you from the inside out, improving your skin’s balance and moisture, keeping your joints healthy, and reducing inflammation throughout your body.

Even though we know it’s so good for us, it’s the first habit to fall to the wayside. Here are the 4 things we do to stay on top of out hydration: 

  1. We use a cute water bottle and take it with us everywhere. Here are a few of our favorites. 
  2. Zhuzh up your water by adding herbs, fruits, and vegetables. (Spa water, anyone?)
  3. Fill your water bottle up at night, keep it at your bedside, and drink as much as you can first thing in the morning.
  4. Drink one glass of water with every meal. 

Wondering how much water everyone in your family needs each day? Check out the table below. 

Babies (6-12 months)About 1 ounce of water with mealsBe careful not to overdo it because you don’t want to displace breastmilk or formula intake!
Kids8 ounces of water per day for each year of lifeFor example, a 2-year-old should drink 16 ounces of water each day. 
WomenAbout 8 cups of water (64 ounces or 2 liters per day)If breastfeeding, about 13 cups of water (104 ounces or 3 liters per day)
MenAbout 10 cups (80 ounces or 2.4 liters per day)