How I Drink At Least 100 Ounces of Water Every Day

posted by Andrea | 03/5/2019

Back in 2012 (just a couple months after Nora was born), I realized I was thirsty ALLLL the time, my skin was really dry, and my lips were super chapped, I felt extremely lethargic all day long, and I was experiencing more headaches.

I figured all these symptoms were somewhat related to the fact I wasn’t sleeping due to Nora’s lack of sleep as a baby; however, after doing a little research and asking my doctor, I realized I was basically dehydrated because I wasn’t drinking nearly enough water each day. 

How wonderful to have such a quick, simple, easy, frugal “fix” for all these symptoms! 

At the time, I was not a huge water drinker, but I immediately started forcing myself to drink large quantities of water every day. I carried my water bottle with me wherever I went, I drank water with many of my meals, and I drank several swallows of water EVERY time I woke up with Nora in the middle of the night (which was A LOT). 

Within a week, most of my symptoms had vanished!

My skin and lips were no longer dry and chapped, my headaches were gone, I wasn’t thirsty all the time, and I even had lots more energy — despite the fact I still wasn’t sleeping great at night. 

Since then, I have made it my goal to drink large amounts of water every single day as a cheap, easy, calorie-free way to improve my my skin, my hair, my sleep, my mood, my digestion, my metabolism, and basically my over-all health. 

My Water Bottle: 

I know many of you will want to know exactly what water bottle I use, so I figure I should share that before I get too far into this post! 

Dave and I use the Contigo AutoSpout water bottles (purchased in a 3-pack from Costco.) We decided on these water bottles because we don’t like straws and we wanted something that was VERY easy to clean. So far, we’ve been using and liking these bottles for well over a year now. 

When I purchased our water bottles, I also purchased a 3-pack of the kids Contigo water bottles (they were also significantly cheaper at Costco versus Amazon.) The kid’s bottles are sort of a pain to wash due to the straw, but they are spill-proof and the kids love them. 

I talk more specifically about our water bottles in this post from last year

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How Much Water Is Enough?

Everything I’ve read suggests drinking a MINIMUM of half your body weight in ounces of water each day. 

For example…

…if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink a minimum of 75 ounces of water per day.

…if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink a minimum of 100 ounces of water per day.

If you exercise regularly or sweat a lot, you should drink more than this — potentially as much as your full body weight in ounces of water each days (150 ounces for 150 pounds, etc.)

Even though I don’t exercise regularly or sweat all that much, my goal is to get a minimum of 100 ounces of water every day — I’m usually closer to 150 ounces!!! 

So how do I make sure I drink at least 100 ounces of water every day? 

I’m glad you asked! 

Water Bottle #1 (24 oz.)

Dave and I wake up at 4:00 every weekday (usually 5am on weekends) and after I go to the bathroom, the very next thing I do is drink my entire 24 oz. water bottle. Yes, the entire thing!

The water is room temperature, which makes drinking it easier for me. If you prefer hot/warm/cold water, do that. I’ve heard it’s really good to add lemon to your water, but I’m not a lemon water fan. 

Then I refill my water bottle, make the bed, get dressed and ready for the day, and sit down at my computer with my second full bottle of water. 

Water Bottle #2 (48 oz.)

From 4:30 – 6:30am, I drink another 24 oz. water bottle while I work at my computer, make breakfast, read, etc. 

I usually try to stop drinking around 6:30 as I almost always eat breakfast around 7:00, and I’ve found that I digest my food better if I don’t drink with my meals or for a short while before and after my meals. 

I know this might sound very odd, and it did take a week or so before I adjusted to not drinking with my meals, but now it’s just normal for me. I can even handle spicier foods without anything to drink! 

Water Bottle #3 (72+ oz.)

From 8-11am, my goal is to drink at least one more full water bottle — often I drink more than this. 

I take my water bottle with me if we run errands and I always have it within reach at home or outside.

We are often in the car around 11:00 each morning (picking Simon up from preschool or driving home from something) so I use this time to drink everything left in my water bottle before we get home and I start preparing lunch.  

I stop drinking shortly after 11:00, as we almost always eat lunch at 11:30 and, as I mentioned above, I’ve found I digest my food better without lots of extra liquid mixed in with the food! 

Water Bottle #4 and #5 (96 – 120+ oz.)

From 1-4pm, I drink at least one more full water bottle — often 2 more. Then I stop drinking at at 4:00 as we usually eat dinner around 4:30. 

I love knowing that I’ve usually polished off an entire gallon’s worth of water by dinner time (128 ounces). That’s A LOT of water! 

Water Bottle #6 (144+ oz.)

I try not to drink too much after dinner as I hate getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. However, I do usually end up drinking another full water bottle between 6-8pm. I rarely drink anything else after 8pm. 

Of course, if we’re doing yard work or if I’m legitimately thirsty, I’ll drink more. But we’re finally to the point where our kids don’t wake us up every single night — I certainly don’t need to wake myself up because I drank too much water!

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I know it might seem silly or slightly “over the top” to have a system for drinking enough water each day, but using the time-frames listed above works really well for me because I have something to gauge my progress by each day

I don’t need to calculate ounces or try to remember how much water I still need to drink, I just make sure to finish my water bottles by 6:30am, 11:00am, 4:00pm, and 8:00pm. If I do that (and drink my full water bottle first think in the morning) I know I will easily drink plenty of water for my body size and activity level. 

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At this point in my life, water is essentially the only thing I drink on a daily basis.

I occasionally have a glass of milk with dessert, and every once in a while I’ll enjoy a Dr. Pepper… but otherwise I drink water exclusively. 

As with any new habit, it took some time to get used to drinking so much extra water (especially drinking so much in the morning and not drinking anything with my meals). But after tweaking and modifying my water routine for the last 7 years, I’m continually amazed how positively it impacts so many aspects of my daily life.

It also sets a really great example for my children — all of whom drink LOTS of water each day. In fact, we don’t even have juice in our house anymore. 

 

I certainly don’t think you need to set time limits for yourself, stop drinking with meals, or stop drinking everything else but water — I’m just sharing what works best for me right now.

However, I WOULD encourage you to pay more attention to how much water you drink each day… and if necessary, come up with a plan to increase the amount you drink. I’m almost certain you will experience positive changes as a result of drinking more water!  

A Few More Water-Related Posts: 

The “sneaky” way I get my kids to drink TONS more water when they are sick

How drinking enough water improves my quality of sleep.

The correlation I noticed between staying hydrated and my restless leg symptoms

More about our current water bottles

A list of 7 benefits I’ve experienced from drinking lots more water. This is an older post (with a different water bottle) but still relevant! 

How many ounces of water do you drink each day? 

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30 comments

  1. Jennifer

    03/09/2019

    I know I need to drink more water but as a teacher I am hesitant to do this– I can’t go to the restroom when I want/need to! I should probably try to drink more water after the kids leave.

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  2. T

    03/07/2019

    I like to add some frozen blueberries to my bottle. Cools it and adds flavor. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Andrea Reply:

    good idea!

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  3. Jane

    03/06/2019

    This is one of many things I know I should but have a hard time doing… partly because I just really donโ€™t like drinking water. Another is that it literally makes me go to the bathroom all the time. Do you have any suggestions?

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    Andrea Reply:

    one reader suggested putting a pinch of pink sea salt in her water and it apparently makes it taste MUCH better to her!
    As for going to the bathroom all day, your body will naturally regulate after a few days so you’ll go less often but pee a ton each time!

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  4. Avia

    03/06/2019

    Thanks for this reminder. I don’t know why I have such trouble doing something so simple and obviously beneficial. I work at a desk all day and find if I have water available with a straw I drink a lot more. I also like to drink it room temperature.

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    Andrea Reply:

    you are not alone — I would guess that most adults do not drink enough water (even though it’s so simple and free!)
    Also, I have 3 or 4 friends who ALWAYS use a straw as they drink so much more! I’m just the opposite ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Cathleen Marie

    03/06/2019

    I really like the idea of breaking it up into smaller goals. I think that that would work for me. A daily goal has felt overwhelming.

    it is important to know what works for you. I figured out that I love super cold water and I drink more if I use a straw so funny how everybody can be so different!

    Lacroix water has also helped me to stop drinking pop and replace it with water. It has a can it has fizz –gets all those sensations going. That was a big hurdle for me-I started drinking a lot of pop and college and really have struggled until the last year and it’s so terrible for you!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    everything is easier when you break it down into small goals! Give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Andrea

    03/06/2019

    Like many other commenters, I’m one of those people who rarely feels thirsty, so drinking enough water has always been a chore.

    I recently upgraded to a Hidrate bottle (usually around $45 but on sale right now) that automatically tracks the amount of water you drink. It also glows and sends reminders to your phone throughout the day if you fall behind your goal. What I appreciate most is that the companion app adjusts my daily goal based on my activity and local weather and even shows a helpful marker to show where you should be vs where you are currently. I also use Waterminder to track non-water drinks throughout the day. Both Hidrate and Waterminder sync through Apple Health so regardless of which app I use, the amount gets updated in both apps.

    As a cheaper alternative, there’s a clip on light, called an Ulla ($25), that blinks periodically throughout the day until you pick up your bottle. That being said, I prefer the added features of the Hidrate and found it too easy to trick the Ulla into thinking you drank when you actually didn’t.

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  7. Natalia

    03/06/2019

    Wow! I really need to increase my water intake! I don’t get half of what I need! ๐Ÿ™ Feeling tired and dehydrated is not fun! Nor is it being awake at 2,3,4,am… not being able to sleep. It did not cross my mind that water could help with that!!!
    Thanks for the reminder and great tips!
    It’s amazing that you discovered how much better you feel when you don’t have water with and around meals. I’ve heard this about 25 years ago and my husband and I forget to even serve drinks with meals when we have company. People think we’re weird…but yes, no drinks for about .5 hr before to 1 hr after is the best for us, too.
    One thing I’m sometimes doing (usually when it’s a little too late and I’m already fighting a cold or feeling totally down) to “force” myself to drink water: I drink BEFORE going to the bathroom. It’s a natural reminder :). I start with 2-3 glasses, then every time I need to go to the bathroom I drink at least 1 glass before going.
    I’d like to give your “schedule” a try.
    And also using a bottle!! I noticed I drank more when I was working in an office and the bottle was always within arm’s reach, then I do now, when I’m on the go, go, go.
    Thank you, thank, thank you! I’m going to drink some H2O and head back to bed ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s 3:36am

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  8. Christine

    03/05/2019

    I’ve been severely dehydrated since my heart transplant 12/18/17. I try to drink at least a gallon of water daily but it’s not easy. I know immediately, by how I feel, if I haven’t consumed enough. I too will get headaches, my skin is extremely dry, my mouth feels as if I have a sweat sock stuffed inside, my muscles get sore, and I can’t think clearly. (I’m 56)
    When I get up in the night, sometimes twice, I drink a cup of water before going back to sleep because the water helps me to get back to sleep and, as soon as I’m awake I drink one or two cups to get my body moving!

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  9. Meghan

    03/05/2019

    Risking TMI because maybe my experience can help someone else. I donโ€™t have much natural thirst so unless I force myself, I donโ€™t drink enough water. I went to a gastroenterologist for chronic constipation. He told me my issue was I wasnโ€™t drinking enough water! I donโ€™t drink a set amount every day but am aware of how it affects my body and adjust my water consumption as needed.

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  10. Gloria

    03/05/2019

    I work at a hospital and they recommend drinking half your weight in water. I have a huge jug with a handle that I drink out of all day and when I finish I am done for the day.

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  11. Leatha

    03/05/2019

    This is a fantastic and informative post! Thank you for posting this! It’s an encouragement for me and I believe it’s a new habit I need to start.

    You may have shared this before regarding your routine but if you wake up at 4am on weekdays and 5am on weekends what time do you go to bed?

    Thanks again for this great post!

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    Andrea Reply:

    we’re in bed by 10pm, often earlier. Last week, I wasn’t feeling 100% and I went to bed at 8:45 TWO nights in a row!

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  12. Jane

    03/05/2019

    Thank you for sharing. Because of my health issues, I like to think I am pretty on top of taking care of my body. But I still have some digestive troubles. I NEVER thought to adjust my water intake before or during a meal. I can’t wait to try this to see if that helps. I truly appreciate you sharing your life because what works for you may not work for me but it does give me a few things to try!

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh good, glad to give you another idea to try. Sometimes it gets frustrating trying so many things without results, but you never know when you’ll try the thing that will help a lot!

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  13. Lynn Arnsdorf

    03/05/2019

    All teachers are dehydrated, I’ll tell you that! After years of dehydrating myself in the classroom I’m trying to remedy this in retirement. I just hope I haven’t damaged myself, I think that’s a real possibility. I especially like the idea of downing water right away when you wake up. I’ve been doing 8 oz right away but I probably need to up this to at least 16.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Dave actually says he drinks more at school than at home — because he has his “school routine” down to a science ๐Ÿ™‚
    But yes, I would tend to agree with you!

    And yes, try to up your morning drinking to 16 ounces!!

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  14. Chris

    03/05/2019

    Wow! Awesome! (I will have to say one of my very favorite things about Culver’s is their root beer! We don’t have one locally, so I really love it when we eat at one and I can have their awesome root beer with my burger!)

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  15. Casey

    03/05/2019

    Water is amazing! I go through seasons of drinking a ton of water, and I think the only thing that stops me from making it a habit is the annoyance of using the bathroom like crazy….however I have heard that your body tends to “regulate” itself, and after a while you won’t be in the bathroom half the day. Did you find this to be the case for you?

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, I do not need to go to the bathroom all day long — just a couple times in the morning (after I drink SO MUCH) and then I’m good for a long time. And I rarely ever waked up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom anymore! yay!

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  16. Lorrie

    03/05/2019

    Not sure how many ounces of water I drink a day, but it’s not enough! Drinking sufficient water is always a struggle and I have realized that I’d probably have more energy if I got more water.

    One thing that I read about several months ago, and implemented, is to add a tiny pinch of pink sea salt to my water. It adds just enough flavor to make the water easier to drink and supposedly there are health benefits. I had some sitting around anyway (the pink Himalayan sea salt – from Costco) so tried it and it really DOES help me to drink more.

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    Andrea Reply:

    interesting about the sea salt. I haven’t tried this but I have read about it — maybe I’ll have to give it a try (although I really like the taste of our tap water!)

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  17. Debby

    03/05/2019

    Friends and family have been telling me for years I need to drink more. Iโ€™m just not a big drinker of anything. Could be the reason I am so tired all the time and other medical problems. Thank you for the post.

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    Andrea Reply:

    honestly, if I’m not drinking enough water, I feel SUPER tired all day long. It’s amazing and very simple — but not necessarily EASY, especially if you’re not naturally a big “drinker”. It’s probably worth a try in your situation though!

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    Maria Reply:

    If you’re not used to drinking much, you may like to start small – like a few sips of water every couple of hours and then increase that by a little each day until you reach your desired amount.

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  18. Sonya

    03/05/2019

    Iโ€™ve started drinking about 100 ounces of water a day and am amazed by how much more energy I have, in addition to better skin and consuming fewer calories!

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    Andrea Reply:

    That’s awesome — glad you’ve seen positive results as well!

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