Who would have known that drinking a proper amount of water would have such a profound impact on the body?
Not even one week ago, I was drinking maybe two or three glasses of water a day. To some, this might sound acceptable. I would have a glass in the morning at work, drink my water bottle in the evening, and have a another glass at some random point in the day. And that was it. Not to mention a full cup of coffee most mornings and often an afternoon cafe drink of some sort, be it a latte, americano, or anything in between.
My diet was also less than ideal. The mornings were usually rock solid with eggs and veggies, but for lunch I would get whatever the office was getting that day. This could mean Mexican, Thai, burgers, fried chicken, Malaysian, and so on. With such a rich selection of cuisines, I often ordered something heavy on the carbs and fat. Then two hours later I would have a craving for a snack. Another two hours, another snack craving. Naturally, I would not fight these cravings and go find myself a snack. Nuts, Clif Bars, dried fruit, chocolate, biscotti, and sometimes even the ultimate sin - a soda. Did you know that a can of Coca Cola has not one, not two, but TEN sugar cubes worth of sugar? Imagine eating ten back-to-back sugar cubes. It hurts just to think about.
As you might guess, this diet was affecting my body in negative ways. Waking up in the morning was always really hard. Headaches would often take over my brain in the afternoons. My digestive tract was upset in some way most of the time (bad poops). I was overeating to the point of discomfort at least a couple times a week. My weight and body fat percentage were slowly climbing higher and higher. My energy levels were stagnant. The list goes on.
Water You Waiting For?!
In an effort to reverse these habits, I decided to jumpstart my entire health routine. The details are expanded on in my post, EMERGENCY RESET! Of all the new habits I have adopted, drinking more water has surprisingly had the greatest impact. One of my awesome readers suggested using the iPhone app, Plant Nanny (also for Android), in order to track my water intake. Every time I finish a glass of water, I open the app and water my plant. Every few days of watering, the plant grows larger. It's a simple mechanic, but it works flawlessly. Since I have started using the app, I'm drinking at least 3,500 ml (118 oz) of water every day.
Drinking the proper amount of water has had many positive effects on my health.
- Amazing poops
- Dampened appetite
- Less overeating
- More energy
- Less muscle fatigue
- Clear pee (meaning the kidneys are doing a good job at cleansing the body of toxins)
- Minimal hangovers (from staying hydrated and drinking water between alcoholic drinks)
- Fewer headaches
- Healthier skin
Quite the list, huh? All from doubling the amount of water I drink. So how do I go about all this drinking?
Get into the Habit
First, what I can't stress enough is to get a companion app. As I recommended above, Plant Nanny has been amazing for me. It rewards you for drinking enough water and notifies you if you've gone too long without drinking. This alone has been the most significant element in forming this habit.
Once you have that installed, start keeping a glass of water or water bottle within reach at work. It is crucial that you have easy access at all times. If I have a screw-top water bottle on the far corner of my desk, I'll drink way less than if I have a standard glass of water right next to my keyboard.
When it comes time to eat a meal, make sure to have a glass of water with it. It not only slows your eating, but also helps fill you up faster. Then after the meal you won't ever feel completely stuffed.
If you're going out to do something for a few hours, don't be afraid to bring a water bottle. It's easy to spend the day going around town while forgetting to drink any water whatsoever.
If all this hasn't convinced you to be a water fiend, I don't know what will! The sooner you start, the better. You'll notice the difference in just a couple days.
Thanks for reading! Now I must go pee.