YOU ARE WHAT YOU DRINK …
“My day doesn’t start until I have my Starbucks.”
“I wake up, light up a cigarette and open a can of Coke. Best way to start the morning.”
“Coffee. Fresh, hot and black.”
“Milk. Fresh, whole and cold.”
“A day without orange juice, is a day without sunshine.”
“Hair of the dog that bit me.”
“My husband prefers Guinness and I prefer Bud Light. It may not be the wisest way to start our day, but it sure makes whatever follows a lot easier.”
“Iced Half-Caf, Quad, Grande, Soy, Starbucks Doubleshot on Ice plus Energy”
And on and on the answers came. Ask fifty people with what beverage their day starts, and you’ll get a few gallons of different answers.
But nobody said, “Water.”
Now that could be because people don’t think of water as a drink, or it could be that people generally don’t start their day with water.
Yet, water is critically vital to our health and well being.
It’s been estimated that three-quarters of the American people are chronically dehydrated. That is, they don’t drink enough water. And what happens when you don’t drink enough?
Slower metabolism. Fatigue. Headaches. Fuzzy thinking. Allergies. Asthma. Constipation. Anxiety and depression. And the conditions go on.
I can’t swear that lack of enough water is the only cause for the effects that the water gurus have sworn to, but there is sufficient medical evidence to know that many of our aches and pains may just need more consistent water intake to resolve.
One rule of thumb that I’ve heard bandied about for a few years, is that we need a half-ounce of water for every pound that we weigh. So if you weigh 120 pounds, you should drink 60 ounces of water.
Another rule of thumb and perhaps the most often heard one is that we need 8 – 10 glasses of water per day.
Drink alcohol? Drink an equal amount of water.
Get midnight cravings? Drink a glass of water first, then wait twenty minutes. Then go to bed.
Got milk? Get water.
Tomorrow, when you start your day, try starting it with water. Your body will thank you for it.