I have never been a fan of drinking water. I would normlly go about my day drinking soda until my mom made me down a glass or two. She would tell me all about the evils of dehydration and remind me to drink water daily. I would tell her I would, but you know how that goes.
I got a little better, and I mean a little. A glass here and gulp there. I never could get down the recommended water intake on a daily basis. I would rather drink another mocha latte than worry about getting my 8 glasses of H2O in. Then I started drinking, I mean the fun kind…cocktails. People would tell me to drink a glass of water before going to bed with some asprin, but nooooo, I refused to listen. Which led to some very horrific mornings. It’s been a long time since I woke up in such a state. Not because I learned my lesson and take better care of it; I just don’t like to drink that much anymore.
I have spent my whole life battling water intake. I would try to add lemon or lime. I would get fancy and drink sparkling water. I still came up short. You know what the problem is, right? The more you drink water, the more you have to use the restroom. I have spent most of my life in the hospitality industry, which means you are on the go for most of your shift. You do not have time to stop and take that kind of a break 5 or 6 times a day. You may get a chance to take a few minutes to shovel some food in your mouth, or if you are a smoker (me) you are taking that few minutes to get one smoke in…food and hydration be damned.
So, is water really all that important? The answer is yes!!! So many different reasons. I won’t list them all, but here are a few: it regulates body temperature, it lubricates the joints, it helps maintain blood pressure and it boosts healthy skin. That last one, skin health, is the easiest one to notice. (I mean, we could talk about the color of urine…but I would rather not.) The skin says it all, you just have to pay attention.
When we first went on lockdown, I decided to be more healthy. I was home doing nothing, so I decided to actually up my water intake to 96 oz. a day. Never in my life have I ever done that. The results were amazing!!! I have always had good skin. I was blessed with clear smooth skin with good color, but the water amped it up like 1000 times. It was plump and rosy, the few little laugh lines (not wrinkles) I have around my eyes were less noticable. I have a young face, but the water made me look even younger. I felt better overall too. I can’t give you any medical reasoning or clinic terms for it, but I know how I felt…great.
I kept it up for awhile, even after I went back to work. I made sure to drink the bulk of the water before and after work, at home. In the past few months I have slipped back into my old ways. Less water, more caffeine and I really noticed the difference. I don’t feel as good overall, my skin still looks good, but had lost a little bit of its glow.
I now know what everyone is talking about. I saw the before me, the during me and now, the after me. Water does make a big difference in our overall well being. We need it to survive of course, they say you can only live without water for 3 days, but we also need it to thrive. There is an old 80’s commerical that told us milk does a body good. That is totally true, but water does a body great!!!! Go down a glass now, you probably need it.
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