This clearly isn't breaking news, but water is good for you. I feel so much better when I focus on keeping hydrated, yet I rarely do. Why? Well...laziness. Really, that's all. The only time I drink 6-8 glasses a day is when I am actually thirsty. And as we all know, the sensation of thirst means that dehydration has already set in. It's not that I hate water...I just don't care about it, one way or the other. To me, drinking water is like a conversation with the boring guy at the office who I'm not that fond of. If he's around, I'll make an effort to talk to him (briefly). If he isn't, I certainly don't seek him out. Hand me a glass of water and I'll drink it. If it isn't right in front of me, though, I'll forget it even exists.
I was doing an intake on a new patient this week, and she was in great health. She was physically active and had no major health issues. I asked her about her energy levels, and she said that she was consistently a 9-10 on a scale of 1-10. As I talked to her, she sipped on a bottle of water that she had brought with her. I asked her how much she drank (of water, not booze) every day. Her answer: "Hmm...not sure, I'm constantly drinking. I just fill up a bottle and keep it with me all day, and sip it all day long."
During my intakes, I ask everyone about their energy levels, and unless someone has some sort of issue interfering with their energy levels, most people rate their energy at a 6-7. This number is a constant. At this point I have done hundreds of intakes, and the energy rating is ALWAYS a 6-7 out of 10. Out of curiosity, I looked back through my patient files and found something interesting: of those few patients who rate their energy at a 9 or 10, all had claimed to drink over the recommended 8 glasses of water a day. And all of these patients were also within or below the recommended BMI guidelines, as well.
It is one thing to hear about the benefits of drinking enough water, but another to see a clear correlation between water intake and energy (and weight). Now, this could also be a chicken and egg situation; is it the water the cause of these benefits, or is it that people who take good care of their health tend to drink more water? Regardless, the results of my research were compelling enough to convince me that upping my H2O intake over the next 30 days should become my next goal in this project.