I live in a dry climate (Denver, CO) and hydration is very important here in 5280 the Mile High City. No matter where you live you should drink some water everyday because it is good for you. Drinking water not only prevents dehydration but it cleanses your body by flushing out all the crap that you either eat/drink or breathe on a daily basis. (Actually, I have no idea if it flushes the crap you breathe, so now I'm just going to insert this disclaimer lest you find out on your own that I'm full of shit.)
In my quest for better health I have decided to cut out Diet Coke. Part of my DC addiction is the habit of having that beautiful silver can by me all day long. The good news is, I also have a water bottle with me at all times because I work out a lot and it is just a necessary accessory if you want to look sporty. This will definitely make quitting a bit easier.
In all fairness to myself, I do drink a lot of water on a daily basis. If you work out at all in Denver you have to, otherwise you are sure to end up a shriveled ball of painful dehydration.
I did a search on drinking more water and found that wikiHow actually has an article called "How to Drink More Water Every Day". Do we really need instruction on this? I mean really, open mouth - drink water. Do it more than you usually do. Seems simple to me....
What I did learn is that the 8 - 8oz glasses rule we all know of is not actually a fact. It is a myth that has been busted by SNOPES.com - kidney specialists agree that the 8x8 rule is a gross overestimate of any required minimum. Some jackass wrote an article one day and pulled the 8-10 glasses of water figure straight out of his butt. The amount of water you should drink varies depending on your weight, activity level and climate. The wiki article outlines a specific formula for determining your intake needs HERE , but all of this water controversy has me a bit nervous. I'm afraid that you may overdose on water so I'm not going to publish it on this site. Seriously, too much water can be fatal and I love you all and without you my traffic would plummet and then my whole reason for writing would be gone and I'd probably go back to drinking Diet Coke out of severe depression.
So, drink water, but don't drink too much, and whatever you do, PLEASE don't talk about Diet Coke around me today.