Can’t think straight? Need a nap most days? Eat when you’re not especially hungry? Eyes tired and scratchy?
These were all MY symptoms and I attributed them to various causes: staying up too late, too much junk food, various (undiagnosed) medical conditions.
Then I began a conscious campaign to hydrate. It was rough in the beginning. As a wellness and fitness professional I know better, but I wasn’t drinking much water. Many days barely one or two cups.
A friend mentioned she was experimenting with about 3 quarts per day before 5 PM – that’s 12 frickin’ cups! She planned and prepared her daily allotment first thing in the morning. Planning – what a novel idea. After a few false starts, I figured out that I could measure 2 cups into a favorite vessel – mine is an acrylic cup that won’t break into a thousand shards if it hits the ceramic tile or concrete. I marked the waterline with a rubber band and put five more bands on the cup.
Each time I finished the marked amount of water I removed a band – it felt like I was checking off a “to do.” 🙂 I have to admit – I felt remarkably better even if I only drank one quart (4 cups).
Creating a new habit can be challenging and, in the spirit of transparency, I want to also admit that I have not yet finished three whole quarts in a day. Here’s what keeps me on the plan:
My eyes feel way less scratchy and tired. It turns out I do have a diagnosed eye condition, but it diminishes with my increased hydration.
I rarely need a nap on the days I drink at least 1 – 2 1/2 quarts.
I recognize more clearly that I’m thirsty (i.e. dehydrated), not hungry, and have been snacking much less.
I can think clearly and – BONUS – faster (in spite of my peri-menopausal brain) 😉
Have you been able to connect your body sensations to your level of hydration? I’d love to hear about in the comments below.
Sloshy love and squishy hugs, j