If we had a dime for every time we heard the advice to “drink at least eight glasses of water each day,” or “drink half your body weight in ounces each day,” we’d be rich, right? So why is it that many of us don’t follow this essential advice? So many people tell me that they don’t drink enough water. And I suspect many more people don’t even realize they don’t drink enough.

So, this week I want you to track your water intake for three days. Just jot down what you drink all day and how many ounces. Are your fluids more in the form of caffeinated coffee and tea (both more dehydrating than hydrating) rather than water? Do you find it difficult to drink half your body weight in ounces each day? If so, it’s time to make some changes.

If you find it hard to drink so much water, then get to the herbal tea aisle and begin to experiment with herbal, non-caffeinated teas. There are so many different kinds, and some even have slightly sweet flavors, if that’s your fancy. Don’t add sugar though. If you need more sweetness, add stevia or Sweet Life, non-calorie sweeteners. Every cell in your body needs water, and so does your digestive system, to properly function. Make sure you get the right amount every day to feel your best.