This prompt keeps coming up, and I keep avoiding it. I do not drink enough water. There was a time when such a thin was not the case. I do always have water sitting beside my bed and when I’m home I almost exclusively drink water. (I even have tea in the fridge that I only drink sparingly.) Today, I wanted to talk about the benefits of water and also how to incorporate it more into your daily life. (I’m not looking any of this up, so I’m pulling it from memory).
As you know, our bodies are mostly made up of water. It’s obvious that drinking enough of it will keep your body moving efficiently. When I was in the military, we always had a canteen with us. We were to drink so much of it a day, and then fill it up, and drink more. The biggest reason for this is to keep us hydrated. The other was to keep our bodies flushed out. I remember someone coughing and the petty officer told him instantly to drink water. They made it sound like drinking water was a cure all for any disease. Logic says that isn’t the case, but that idea stuck with me. Water tends to keep your skin healthy. It means you can perspire and not be overheated.
The best part about water is how it helps deplete the level of intoxication. It keeps your stomach more full and Kees you hydrated since alcohol actually dehydrates you. It doesn’t make you less drunk, contrary to popular belief. Your blood alcohol level will be the same regardless of the amount of water you drink, but it makes the effects of the alcohol less. That was an interesting act that I learned in my TAPS course.
I think my biggest problem is that I do not carry a water bottle with me. When I lived at my old apartment, I always had a case of water beneath my bed. It meant reaching under and grabbing one. I could easily drink one and then throw it away in the recycling. Now, I have to fill up my glass of water in the other room and then bring it back. By the time I bring it back, I’ve already taken a coupe drinks so it’s not even full. I believe that the cup I have in my room is about a liter. Every night, I tend to go through that entire liter.
The benefits I listed above are not exactly apparent, especially when I am running to the bathroom four or five times a night for having filled up that water bottle. Moving forward, I hint I need to begin drinking more water during the day. I may have to spend the three or four dollars for twenty bottles of water, and keep them under my bed once more. That also means I can grab one and throw it in my backpack to start my day. I still need to work on this and there’s no day like today.
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