You may have heard that 90% of all Americans are chronically dehydrated or that you need to consume gallons of pure water every day to maintain your health. We’re told that coffee, soda, or other caffeinated drinks actually dehydrate you and should be avoided.
I’m not entirely convinced about all of that. Research has shown that we get a great deal of water from the foods we eat. And good news for coffee drinkers: studies reveal that coffee, tea, soda, and juices hydrate you just as well as pure water.
That being said, it’s practically harmless to drink more water. So why not?
I’ve been using one simple trick to drink a lot more water on a daily basis, and I was surprised at how much better I felt.
The Benefits of Water
Dehydration has been linked to a reduction of cognitive fuction, motor control, peripheral vision, attention, and memory. Many claim that an afternoon slump is simply dehydration.
Those studies were performed on athletes and those working in hot environments – so they may not apply to your average desk jockey. There’s no proof that your average person drinking more will concentrate better.
But for most people, drinking more water is harmless – so again, why not?
I Feel Better
In my experience, I’ve felt much more energetic when consuming a lot of water. I seem more alert during the day. I’ve avoided sickness when it travelled through my family.
Totally anecdotal – not scientific proof. But I really do feel better.
My Simple Tip
It’s stupidly simple, but it works: Have lots of glasses of water around you. That’s it.
If I get a glass of water, fill it up, and drink it – it will be hours before I decide to get up again and fill it. I get in the zone and don’t think about that empty glass.
But if I have a full glass there in front of me, I’ll drink it. When it’s right there at my desk, I’ll casually sip water as I work until I finish whatever’s in front of me.
So I get four glasses full of water and have them right there at my desk. Like I said – stupidly simple.
I’ve found this works better than having a large bottle nearby. Even though it may be the same amount of water, the glass is something I pick up much more casually while I’m working. And I end up drinking more water because I often want to finish off a glass.
The only real drawback is that I’m making more frequent bathroom breaks. If that doesn’t work for your situation, then you’ll have to adapt.
Give it a shot and let me know how you feel after a few days.
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