Everyone knows the 8x8 rule (8 - 8 ounce glasses of water each day) of thumb for getting enough liquid. Did you know another rule is to divide your weight (in pounds) by 2 and that is also a good estimate of the water you need each day. So if you weigh 160 pounds - that would be 80 ounces of water (versus the 64 ounces of the old rule). Other articles say that men need at least 3 liters of water and women 2 1/2 liters. And this is all before we add in the running part of our lives, or the hot weather.
Anyway I slice it, it seems I am chronically dehydrated. This article from the Mayo clinic reminded me that even a small amount of dehydration results in:
Mild to excessive thirst
Little or no urination
Fuzzy short term memory
I am no scientist, but these problems seem to be opposite of the feelings I would like when I am headed out for a run.
Another few cool facts from Snopes.com about drinking enough water:
Thirst is often mistaken for hunger. In a U-Washington study, a glass of water shut down nightly hunger pains for dieters.
Mild dehydration can slow down metabolism by 3%
Drinking 8 glasses of water reduced back and joint pain for 80% of sufferers.
So, I am buckling down and cutting back on the bubbly stuff and getting more water to drink. I already have a habit/trick that I drink 1-16 ounce bottle right when I wake up and right before bed. I also try to drink 1 bottle on my commute in and on my way home. I need to replace my soda with water for lunch and snacks. This will get me close. And if it helps my diet and weight loss - all the better!