Life Is Crazy
As a mom, your life is never simple. Moms are the best CEOs in the world because they’ve learned how to expertly multitask, prioritize, and, to put it bluntly, get sh*$ done - and usually without much recognition. Moms could rule the world, except for the fact that they are too busy ruling their households. No matter your age, the age of your children, or the number of children you have, being a mom is tough work and most moms put everyone ahead of themselves.
I won’t be telling you anything you don’t already know (because moms are geniuses, too), but just to be sure you’ve heard it lately, moms must take care of themselves before they can take care of everyone else. Why? Because if you don’t take care of you, the whole house of cards will collapse. You are likely the glue that holds your family together. You are probably the one your family members turn to when they are hurt - physically and emotionally. You are on-call 24/7/365 and don’t ever get a day off. That means you have to take care of you so you can take care of them.
Where Hydration Plays A Role
Water. It’s the most basic element our body needs to survive, yet it is often overlooked as just plain ol’ water. We don’t appreciate all it does for us, maybe because it’s so readily available and, well, boring. LaCroix, wine, tea, and lattes are so much more exciting. I have some good news. When talking about hydration (not weight loss, general health, etc.), most fluids will do. While water is often best, getting some type of liquid into your body is better than nothing at all.
So what does staying adequately hydrated do for a mom? It makes you a super mom. Seriously. Without it, you can feel fatigued and lethargic, have headaches and digestion problems, suffer from constipation, seem grumpy and out of sorts, and experience dizziness and lightheadedness - not exactly the stuff superheroes are made of. With it, however, you can move mountains. Or maybe just a mountain of to-do items, but we all know if we don’t do it, no one else will (but that’s another blog for another time).
Water plays a critical role in cellular and tissue health, muscle and bone health, mental health and overall wellbeing. It carries nutrients to organs, aids brain function, and let’s face it, helps us to look our best. Dehydrated body means dehydrated skin. The cosmetic industry is making a fortune on its claims of keeping your skin hydrated. Who knew you could do much of it for only pennies a day simply by drinking enough water?
Exercise Isn't The Only Thing That Dehydrates
Whether you’re an elite athlete or haven’t laced up athletic shoes since you were a child, you still need fluids all day long. A significant percentage of your body is water, up to 75 percent, in fact. Your cells can’t function without it, meaning your organs can’t either. You can go up to three weeks without food but only a few days without water. You don’t have to sweat buckets to lose critical body fluids.
Related: Hydration Isn’t Just for Athletes
If you use the bathroom, you’re losing fluids with each “go.” If you breathe, you’re losing water vapor with each breath. If you digest food, your body uses a significant amount of fluid. If you ever get hot, have a fever, take certain medications, are active, or become ill, you’re losing more fluids than you may realize. Some of the biggest culprits can hit a mom particularly hard - breastfeeding, for instance. Have sick kids at home that pass it on to you? Diarrhea and vomiting are two of the fastest dehydrators. Play outside with the kids? Bam. Race around town for work or run errands in the heat? You get the picture.
You need fluids throughout the day simply to keep your bodily functions working properly. You need even more fluids if you are exerting yourself in any way, particularly in the heat.
How Much Is Enough?
Just as every person is different, the amount of water you are going to need to stay properly hydrated is going to differ from another person. Your body chemistry is different, your exertion levels are different, your height, weight, climate and even altitude are going to influence your fluid requirements. That’s why drinking a magic number of glasses of water a day isn’t all that accurate. What works one day may not be enough the next. Your pee color isn’t always a good indicator either. In fact, some experts believe clear pee with no color may signal over-hydration (yes, that is a thing).
So what are you supposed to do? You likely don’t have time to be counting ounces or wondering if you’ve had enough each day. That’s where smart water bottles come in. They do all of the work for you and send you nice little reminders to take sips throughout the day.
How does it do it? Well, that’s what makes it smart. Using a smart water bottle app, you input your personal data, such as gender, height, weight and it combines it with your local climate, activity level and other related information. It can also be integrated with fitness trackers, such as Fitbit, to gauge heart rate, count steps, and monitor activity levels.
All you have to do is keep your smart water bottle filled with water or any other fluid. The water bottle measures every ounce you drink and sends that information back to the app that keeps track of how much you’ve consumed and how much more you need to stay hydrated. It not only informs you of how much you need to drink but when in order to keep a constant level of hydration throughout your busy day. It’s like having your own mom right there beside you (except this is based on science - sorry mom!).
Overcoming The Water Boredom
Other than being too busy to stop to drink, many moms are simply tired of water. Here are some tips on keeping hydrated without getting into a water rut:
- Add lemon, lime, orange and/or grapefruit slices to water
- Toss in any berries, cucumber, or herbs to water
- Add a splash of your favorite fruit juice to your bottle of water
- Drink sparkling water, including the flavored kind with no calories or artificial ingredients
- Try herbal tea (hot or cold)
It’s important to carry your smart water bottle with you everywhere possible - your car, your office, in your purse or gym bag, on the trail, and in the home. When it’s easily accessible and within view, you’re more likely to drink. Refill it throughout the day and change up the fluids to make it more interesting. Use a smart water bottle app to receive gentle reminders when life gets too hectic for you to think about drinking.
Avoid or reduce the quantity of sugary drinks, including regular and diet sodas, undiluted fruit juices, caffeinated and alcoholic beverages (which can dehydrate), sports drinks (which also contain high amounts of salt and artificial ingredients), and energy drinks. All of these beverages contain unhealthy ingredients that will slow you down (immediately or over time).
Conquering The World
Once you are properly hydrated, you’re going to feel better and simply be better. We aren’t suggesting that water is going to make your life any simpler, but we can promise it will give you a running start to being all that you want to be. Buy a smart water bottle and use it as intended. Give yourself two weeks of staying hydrated and see how you feel. We’re willing to bet you’re going to notice a difference (and others may, too).
Now that you understand the role of hydration and how to avoid dehydration, you can pass your knowledge to your kids. Dehydration is a real risk for children but it is 100 percent avoidable. Children mimic their parents, learning behaviors and habits through observation. If you make hydration a priority, so will they.
Don’t think of hydration as another to-do. Instead, think of it as a way of life. It’s not a chore, it’s one nice thing you can do for yourself every day. And gosh darn it - you deserve it.
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