Be It Resolved: In 2011 I Will Imbibe In More H2O – Who’s With Me?
Growing up, I was always led to believe that fruit juices and milk were good for you and soda was bad for you. Water was also important but I never really drank it very much except for on a hot summer day from a water fountain.
I recently had lunch with a friend – it was actually the right after my appointment with the dentist and hygienist – and he told me all about how he loved water and drank it as a drink of choice more often than not. I googled ‘water drink‘ and the first link that came up was from the Mayo Clinic – Water: How much should you drink every day? and they say that there is no easy answer for how much water each of us should drink every day. They also say that:
Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.
That does not sound very good. I do not like being overly tired. Even with all the coffee I drink (and coffee has caffeine which is a type of diuretic – it causes you to pee more than you otherwise would – so you’re going to get more dehydrated than you otherwise would) I could use something that will make me feel less tired sometimes. Maybe that’s also where caffeine fools us, we think we are getting a pick me up but in the long run it isn’t REALLY helping you unless your body is chock full of water.
Then there was this other post I read on dumblittleman.com from 2007 entitled “9 Great Reasons to Drink Water, and How to Form the Water Habit“. I liked this post a lot. Heck, I probably am not the only one who liked it as it is the 2nd hit on Google below the Mayo Clinic’s article. I liked a lot of his 9 reasons and so I have copy pasted what I thought were the absolute best reasons – or at least the 6 out of 9 that appealed to me the most.
- Weight loss: Water is one of the best tools for weight loss, first of all because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn’t have any calories. But it’s also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. Drink plenty to help your weight-loss regimen.
- Heart healthy: Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risks of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.
- Energy: Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired — even mild dehydration of as little as 1 or 2 percent of your body weight. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated — and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
- Healthy skin: Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.
- Cleansing: Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
- Cancer risk: Related to the digestive system item above, drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.
From here on out, for the most part, I am going to drink water when I go to restaurants. Heck, it’ll be cheaper than ordering a soda or juice with my meal anyway so I’ll be healthier and have more money = so much WIN!
From here on out, I will endeavor to drink a lot more water throughout the day. Maybe a good solution is as was advised to me by people on Twitter – add some fruit juice to a glass that is predominantly water and give it a little bit of taste/smell/color so at first it isn’t just bland water – and the blandness is one of my problems with pushing myself to drink water.
I think another good idea is to drink the amount of water as I do in coffee every day. I think this is something I can do.
Please if you see me out and about feel free to call me on my drinking habits if you see me buying a soda or a fruit juice. When I am out at a bar/club I am not going to count that, obviously but I am going to try and remember to ‘pre-drink’ with water before I go out at night.
Who amongst my readers is going to set out on this endeavor with me to drink more water?