The first thing I did this morning was stumble out of bed in the dark to the kitchen to pour, followed by chug, a glass of water. Then another. The dehydration woke me the way a bad dream wakes you, the kind when you’re falling, falling, and then, before you hit the ground, you’re awake. One second you’re asleep and suddenly, the state of sleep is over and you’re left half sitting, confused. But I wasn’t confused. I was just thirsty.
Yesterday, I worked from home, and while a perfectly filled Brita sat in the fridge in the next room, I just couldn’t bring myself to pour a glass. Breakfast came and went, lunch came and went, I showered and got ready to head to Boston, and suddenly, I was walking into an event where bottles of water were lined up and I drank one with such aggression, you’d think I had never seen water before. Why did I wait all day? Why do we take such an accessible nutrient for granted? Or maybe I’m alone in this.
For me, drinking water is very much part of a routine, rather than a feeling of thirst. My morning water is usually a cup or two at work from the water cooler (is that what it’s called?) At lunch, I drink a giant bottle (32 oz), which is finished and refilled, then drank throughout the day, usually until I get home from work. For dinner, we pour water from the Brita and I typically drink two glasses. The break from my routine actually caused me to forget to drink water for an entire day.
Drinking Water and The Paleo Lifestyle
There is so much more to the Paleo lifestyle than the food. When I think of Paleo, the word that sticks out to me is optimum. I want to reach my optimum health, and to do so, it has to be a BIG picture thing, which means, I have to consider that what we are constantly taught, is not always the right choice for me. Just like we are constantly being told we need more whole grains, I like to believe there may be other myths as well. Like 12-12-12 being the end of the world. Stop talking about it. You’re upsetting me.
One topic on Paleo forums that interests me, regardless if I agree or not, is the topic of hydration. Several Paleo enthusiasts believe that drinking water in large quantities throughout the day is not the way to optimum health. This stems from the constant pressures to drink 64 oz of water a day. Of course, it’s important to stay hydrated, drink when we’re thirsty and re-hydrate after exercise or in hot, dry climates, but is it natural to drink a half gallon of water each day? Is it necessary to count ounces and be a slave to a water bottle? Of course, a day without water, like I had yesterday, is not the answer either.
For No Sugar, No Grains, November, I am trying to find my balance when it comes to hydration. Some say too much water can flush out the balance of salts in our body, and too little causes its own plethora of issues – like poor nutrient absorption, trouble with weight loss or simply suffering hair and skin from dryness. I have found that a glass of water typically cures a sugar craving – as most feelings of hunger are dehydration in disguise.
Are you good about drinking water all day or do you only drink it out of convenience, or worse, none at all? Where do you stand on the hydration debate?
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