How to Clean Your Cooler
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When I think of water…
June 22, 2020

This holiday weekend, the household drank 16 gallons of water.  WHATTT?  Normally we drink 15 gallons in about a 4-week period.

Yes, it was 80+ Degrees out. There were a ton of sports activities happening. It was a long holiday, and no one went anywhere.

But how much water should one drink with that combination.

Let’s start with how much is a “normal” amount.  According to the Mayo Clinic, an average adult should drink about 2-4 liters daily, that’s about 68 ounces to 135 ounces. A good rule to follow is to drink about half your weight in ounces. For instance, a person weighs 170 pounds, they should drink 85 ounces of water or about half a gallon.

So, when it is hot outside the body is actively trying to keep it cool. Imagine the 2.6 million sweat glands in your body all producing one drop of water in one very hot, sports-filled day. That is about 72.8 gallons of water. That is ridiculous but just imagine.

On a very hot day the Dietary Reference Intake suggested your body takes in 1.5 to 2 times more water.  That means about 1.5 gallons of water. 

This is making more sense how 4 active adults can drink about 15 gallons of water.

Keep in mind some of the signs of hydration as we watch the thermostat creep up. Darker Urine or constipation when dehydrated. Muscle cramps or headaches due to the lack of water, sodium, and potassium in those active muscles. Overall fatigue and lightheadedness.

There are 100’s of tips out there on how to drink more water. We narrowed it down to the best 5.

  1.  Fill up a pitcher of Century Springs water and put in a few cucumbers or your favorite fruit and leave in the refrigerator.  Easy Peasy access to cold flavored water.
  2. As soon as you empty your glass or bottle, fill it back up right away. Don’t wait hours to get your next glass going.
  3. Use that calendar on your phone and set an alert for when the next 8oz needs to be finished.
  4. Chug. Well, maybe not like chug, but each time you change your velocity drink a glass of water. Heading out for a dog walk, drink a glass of water. Waiting for the coffee to brew, drink! Heading to grab a bite to eat, drink a glass of water. Sitting down to watch a movie, chug, chug, chug.
  5.  Reward yourself.  What is a goal without a reward? Start with a daily goal with a small reward, get that cookie you’ve been ignoring. Then make your goals bigger as the length of time continues.