Water is the fuel of life. It is the starting block. It was for life on earth, and it is for us as human beings in search of health, wealth and happiness.
The quest starts and progresses with water. Being adequately hydrated is of utmost importance. If you’ve read the stats, you’ll know that the average water composition comes in at 60%. But did you know that high performers who aren’t even athletes go for 70% and swear by the impact this has on their ability to function at an elite level.
All of our organs require water to function effectively. And when we are running low or dry, functionality becomes impaired. Whats more, even the brain requires adequate hydration to operate at optimal levels. Your decision-making process, the clarity with which you think and act upon is all impacted by the amount of water that you drink.
Drinking water can actually impact your ability to make money!
Whats more, a lot of those aches and pains and the sluggishness so often felt, the despondency and lack of get-up-and-go that mars life and keeps people stuck and behind, unable to get out of a rut – well guess what, the simple act of drinking more water can turn all of that on it’s head.
In fact did you know that drinking more water can actually help you lose weight too? I don’t mean because you’re filling your body up with water instead of calories – I mean because when you’re dehydrated (and studies show that most people actually are without even realising it), you experience hunger pangs and cravings which most people try to satisfy with food instead of water.
Seriously, drinking water and staying hydrated affects EVERYTHING.
Can it really be that simple? Yes, it all definitely makes a difference!!! And if you don’t believe me, try it for yourself. Personal experience is the best proof. What have you got to lose? And an even better question, what if this experiment bred so much personal success for you, so much vitality, energy and that “edge” that you’ve been looking for, that your whole experience of life is uplifted and EVERYTHING becomes better…
I’m not kidding. It can really make that much of a difference. You see in life, there are key distinctions, seemingly minor practices that make a massive impact and deliver huge results. Focusing on your health and energy levels is one of them. And drilling down further, it doesn’t get much more fundamental that hydration.
So, I invite you to join me in a personal experiment to make everything better. You see no matter where you are in the cycle of things not being the way you want to in life, you can change it by breaking a link at any point.
Giving yourself more energy is the first place to start, and basics dictate that we start with good old H2O, the magic elixir that our very existence depends upon.
I’m so determined to get back on track with this and make it a fundamental and integral natural part of my life, that this is going to be a 6 month experiment for me, where I track and hone my Hydration and energy practice and make a ton of million-dollar life-changing distinctions in the process.
BUT, I don’t ask anything so radical of you. All I invite you to do is join me on the first month only. Let’s do this bit together – I invite you to join me on a 30-day trial of drinking 2 litres of water a day and assessing your energy, health, clarity and happiness levels. (I say 2 litres as that works well for me given my size. (I’ve experienced pretty impressive levels of energy and health during periods of life when I consistently drank 2 litres of water every day.) You might want to start at 1.5 litres if 2 litres is too much for you or calculate the exact recommended intake for your body.
What you need to take part is:
- At least one decent sized water bottle which you use to hold your water in and /or drink from. This will also help you to track your daily fluid intake. My current drinking water bottle holds 700ml, and I store extra filtered water for the day in a jug in the kitchen. I’ve found that the smaller the bottle, the harder it is to keep to the target intake, so I would lean towards a larger bottle size if possible. (Anything bigger than 700ml won’t fit into the cupholder in my car, so I’ve based my bottle size on this given I have to jump in the car to drive at some point almost every day.)
- A clean source of water, ideally filtered. You can go super-conscientious and check alkaline and ph levels too if you like, but if this is a new challenge for you, I’d recommend starting simple – just make sure it’s fresh and filtered.
- A tracker so you can record
- daily intake
- impact (e.g. health, energy levels, mood or happiness quotient, clear thinking, getting work done in day and meeting objectives – whatever you are expecting to impact. I rate these on a scale of 1-10 to measure these and find it quite a telling sign of which direction things are going for me.)
- You can do this digitally on your phone or computer or the good-old-fashioned way with a pen and paper. I’ve tried various methods, and for my current circumstances and lifestyle, I find that sticking a table on the wall next to my bed works best for me. I fill it in every night before I jump into bed. Remember, measuring is important. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”
- A plan. You need a plan of how you’re going to achieve this fluid intake of e.g. 2 litres a day. Specifically:
- When are you going to prep, i.e. wash and fill up your water bottles? The night before in prep for the day ahead? Or will you have time in the morning before work or the school run? Will there be additional filtered water readily available for refills later in the day if necessary?
- When are you going to drink your water? Ideally, you should be drinking it evenly throughout the day. (And always starting with a good drink as soon as you wake you up to give your body a hydration boost after a night of sleep.)
- Will you keep your water bottle on your desk with you at work? What about when you’re out and about, how will you ensure ready access to your water supply?
- Bathroom breaks during the day – you’ll need to consider opportunity to go to the bathroom to empty your bladder and manage this around lengthy meetings and/or car trips or when you can’t easily get to a toilet . (I’ve noticed that in the beginning when you first start drinking more water, your bladder will require emptying more than previously (obviously). However after a while, it almost seems like your bladder has become trained and is capable of holding more before necessary release.
- Last drink before bed – you want to make sure you don’t go on drinking lots late into the evening, as otherwise frequent bathroom trips will interrupt your sleep and disrupt your rest pattern and energy levels adversely. I’ve noticed that my bladder takes about 2 hours to fully empty itself, so stopping drinking at around 7.30pm / 8pm works well for me. (Note though that, there can sometimes be a tendency to drink right up until bedtime in a bid to meet the daily target if you haven’t drunk enough water during the day. Do not fall for this! It is a self-defeating attitude. Unless you’re seriously dehydrated, drink the minimum amount you need to and then draw a line under the day rather than drinking a full litre before bed, and suffering constant bathroom trips throughout the night and being tired the next day. You will find yourself more motivated to get it right the next day then, rather than compounding the same error every night.
Good luck! Let me know how you get on!
I will return here at weekly / monthly intervals to post my progress, share useful distinctions and evidence the results I’m experiencing. Please feel free to do the same!