Master this ONE juicy habit of HYDRATION (first of two parts) - Ann Gentry

Master this ONE juicy habit of HYDRATION (first of two parts)

Curb your appetite, eat less, diminish brain fog, relax tight muscles, improve your complexion and quell your anxiety about running to the loo all day long!

Let’s get honest, ladies!  Are you one of the millions of women who have experienced the frantic run to the bathroom to go PEE? Sometimes, the need to urinate can hit you with urgency, like a ton of bricks. In these situations, when you gotta go, YOU GOTTA GO!

After birthing babies, weakening muscles, surgery and aging, most of us find it challenging to “hold it in.” Sometimes a sneeze makes you leak a tiny drop or two. Sometimes a little comes out when you laugh. Forget jumping on a trampoline with your favorite toddler! Sometimes it’s a challenge even to hold it in until you get to the ladies room.

After giving natural birth twice, my pelvic floor muscles were worn out! Sure, after much resistance, I learned how to do Kegel exercises. It wasn’t easy at first. I spent months just trying to “feel down there.” But once I got the hang of contracting and relaxing my pelvic floor muscles, I became a master. I practiced them religiously, whether I was folding laundry, standing in line, or sitting at a red light. With a wicked smile on my face, I knew that no one at the bank or the grocery store knew that I was doing exercises to help strengthen my pelvic floor! Still, as I sprinted like a quarterback to the loo, Kegels didn’t seem to make that much of a difference.

You are either amused right now or wondering where I’m going with this. Then, let me ask you: are you drinking enough water every day?

You might ask, “How on earth is drinking more water going to help me when I feel like my pee gates are bursting?”

Staying hydrated is essential to every single system in your body, and believe it or not, staying hydrated can help with urinary incontinence. Not getting enough fluids is associated with more concentrated urine, which can irritate the bladder and make you feel more urgency, more leakage, and the need to pee more often.

So drink up, it could help you actually plug the leak!

Still not convinced? I consistently drink 10 – 12 glasses of water per day, and I don’t urinate any more frequently than I did when I was drinking far less.

In fact, on the afternoon I wrote this and the companion piece (more about that in a minute,) I drank four glasses of water (32 fluid oz.) and took two trips to the bathroom trips.

I might occasionally get up in the middle of the night to go, but this is rare. The first thing I need to do when I wake up is pee, but this is normal.

Look, you’ve got a life outside the bathroom! When you’re trying to run a board meeting or taking your kids to a playgroup, you might be tempted to cut down your water intake, so you’re not always in a panic looking for a clean toilet.

But believe it or not, one of the worst things you can do is to avoid drinking fluids because you’re afraid it will send you running to the loo all day. If you don’t drink enough water, it might BURN when you pee and you’ll feel like you have to pee MORE frequently, not less. Dehydration causes bladder irritation and concentrated urine, which can make your urinary incontinence worse, not better.

You can’t dispute the science. Our brain and our body need water to function well.

Being hydrated has all kinds of advantages: It can curb your appetite so you’ll eat less, diminish brain fog and reduce headaches, relax muscles that get tight from dehydration. Your skin loves to be well hydrated, so don’t be surprised when people say you are glowing!

So try this: drink plenty of water throughout the day. In time, you won’t be doing the potty dance in the carpool lane or excusing yourself from a meeting and making a run for it.

In a few days, I’ll be sending you the companion piece I mentioned above. I’ll share with you how to calculate the right amount of water you need to be drinking for your body weight and share easy instructions and tips on how to turn your hydration GLOW on.

And we’d love to have you join Take Charge of Your Food Journey where you can learn how to eat water-rich foods and stay hydrated! 

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