Kris Carr


Grab a Glass of Water! How Better Hydration Makes You More Energetic

Hiya Gorgeous,

We just wrapped up our annual reader survey. (It’s not too late to weigh in if you haven’t taken it yet!) I loved reading all your fabulous feedback.

When I asked about what topics interest you most, one of the top three answers was “increasing energy.” But my #1 answer for unlocking more energy may surprise you…

Why Better Hydration Makes You More Energetic

Read the transcript here…

Kris: Let’s start replenishing your energy with a simple, easy little exercise. I want you to put your hand out in front of you, and then I want you to lightly pinch the skin on the back of your hand. Okay? And then you’re going to let it go. So the skin should tent up. And then when you let it go, it should just take a few seconds to level out and to bounce back to normal. If it doesn’t, it may be a sign that you’re a little dehydrated. Now, if you’re older, your skin may not bounce back as quickly as you’d like it to, and that is okay, too. So another way to check is just by looking at your pee. Oh, my goodness, the toilet has so much to teach us. You look at your pee, you look at your poo, and you are going to learn a lot about you, my friend. Your pee should be a light color, a light shade of yellow. Not the shade of your favorite lager beer. No. You save that for the glass, not for the toilet. So when women tell me that they’re struggling with low energy, there’s so many places to look. And many of those places we will we will investigate during our time together. But the easiest and the simplest and the first place that I like to look and check out is hydration. Because if you’re like me, it’s sometimes super simple to forget to drink water. And it’s so important. That’s because your body is made up of 60% water, which means that just about every function in your system performs, including energy generation (which is why you’re here in the first place). slows down when you’re not hydrated enough. I want you to drink up. And if you’re not sure how much water you need, I’m going to give you an easy, approximate way to figure that out. So you’re going to divide your body weight by two. Okay. And that’s the approximate number of ounces that you should drink daily. And if you’re on the metric scale, you can divide your weight in kilograms by 30 to determine the number of leaders that you need. Again, this is a rough estimate and it just gives us a goal to reach towards. Now, my favorite technique—yes, I call it a technique—my favorite hydration system is to do something as easy as fill up a big pitcher in the morning. And you know, you can this is what I usually do. Here is is a mason jar. I fill this up with the amount of water that I need to drink for the day, and I put it on my desk. And as I go about the day, I just keep filling my water glass. And if you need a little reminder, you can always set a timer on your phone. There’s so many wonderful water bottles out there now, y’all. This is a BPA free plastic water bottle. I use this when I travel because this is heavy and it’s kind of hard to lug this big glass thing around. And what’s fun about this is it has a bunch of affirmations on it. So I have a little heart here because this is the amount of water I need to drink daily, and it says, “You’ve got this!” Okay, so this is a fun way. Make it easy for yourself. If your water is out of sight, it is probably going to be out of mind. So get yourself a pitcher, get yourself a big mason mason jar. Go on, Amazon, get one of these if you like. This is by a company called Build Life, but again, there are so many and this is BPA free. And just make it simple for yourself and for some extra pizzazz because some people think water’s boring. I think it’s absolutely delicious. But if you are one of those people and you’re like, Kris, I can’t drink the water, it’s so boring. Then just add some fresh fruit to it. Cut up your favorite fruit, just put it in there. That’s it. Simple. Or maybe even some frozen fruit that you pull out of the freezer. Frozen berries, whatever it is that you like, orange grapefruit, even some herbs. You guys, you can get fancy, pretend you’re at a spa, do a combination of cucumber and rosemary—ooh la la. The point is, make it fun, make it tasty, and make your water someplace where you can see it. Actually consume it.

A few big takeaways: 

  • Here’s a quick and easy test to check if you’re dehydrated: Simply pinch the skin on the top of your hand and pay attention to how quickly it bounces back. Hydrated skin rebounds faster than when you’re dehydrated.
  • Oh the things the toilet can teach us! Take a peek in the bowl the next time you pee. Dark amber-colored urine is typically a sign that you’re not drinking enough water, while completely clear urine can indicate that you’re drinking too much. Look for a pale yellow urine as an indicator that you’ve hit your sweet spot for hydration. 
  • We also discuss why hydration has a big impact on both feeling and looking fabulous. (Hello youthful, glowing skin!)
  • Plus I’ll share my personal tips and tricks that I use to ensure I’m drinking enough water.  (You can try these out, too!)

If you’re feeling thirsty, go grab a glass of water, and let’s raise a toast to a more hydrated and energetic you!

Now it’s your turn. What are your tips for staying hydrated? Let’s encourage each other in the comments.


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  1. Ruth Mattioni says:

    Trick for me to stay hydrated
    I have a whiteboard in my kitchen, I wrote ‘drink water’ at the bottom and decorated it, now when I walk through the kitchen I see it I get water before I grab a snack! Win win

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