As you may know, the recent change in my employment status has interrupted my routine and one of the things that is suffering is my water intake. Instead of equipping myself with a large water bottle and brining it to work or having a case of water in the office, I’m home all day juggling toddler, client projects, my sites, my house and the array of everyday chores that seems to never end.
You would think that by being home everything would be more accessible and I’d more apt to drinking my 8 glasses, but it’s not the case. My routine is so out of whack sometimes I don’t even realize I haven’t had a drop to drink until lunch.
So I set out to do what I do, look for motivation online, find a link or an article that would kick me in the arse and post it for me and, coincidently you!
Well, what I found surprised the crap out of me!
…drinking “lots” of water apparently is a waste of time (and money if you’re a fan of bottled water) unless you’re an athlete or live in a hot climate. Water may be more essential to life than oil, but tanking up doesn’t necessarily curb hunger pangs, reduce headaches, improve skin tone or keep organs healthy by flushing out toxins, the University of Pennsylvania researchers said in an editorial in a medical journal.
That was from an article entitled Those urban water stories are all wet, doctors say.
"Hmmmmmmm Interesting" she says, reaching for her recently poured ice cold glass of water.
In the same sweep of sites I find this 9 Great Reasons to Drink Water, and How to Form the Water Habit.
In-ter-es-ting, very interesting.
Now, I realize one is a blog post and one is a published article but still, it cracks me UP that no one agrees on this topic.
I don’t know who’s right and frankly, I don’t care. Here’s what I observe about myself, learned from experience and my overall thoughts on water…
- Water does not help you lose weigh in and of itself. If this was the case I would never have had a weight problem to begin with. I have always drank hordes of water. At my heaviest, friends would laugh at me at restaurants because I’d be on my 3 tumbler of water before we even placed out order. This obsessive drinking did not prevent the mozzarella sticks, bacon cheeseburger and chili fries from attaching themselves to my ass. Now, this is not to say it doesn’t help you feel full or stop you from munching when you’re thirsty, not hungry. I’m just saying water is NOT a weight loss miracle drug.
- I love water, and I feel better when I do drink it and stay hydrated. Right now, I’m trying to catch up on my water consumption today. I didn’t drink as much as I normally do and now my lips are dry and I feel, well, blah.
- Water helps me not retain water. I know, I know sounds counter productive but being the swollen retaining water queen that I am. When I don’t drink water my body holds on tight to the water it has, big time. It may sounds strange but I feel thinner and less bloated when I’m on the water bandwagon.
- Water is/should be the go to drink for everyone. I never really understood peoples obsession over drinking soda with dinner or having fruit punch at a BBQ. To me, these things are habits that can be broken. Water really is the only drink we need, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I only have but so many calories I can eat in a day and I’m not wasting any on miscellaneous drinks when I could just drink water. Now, as always I will contradict myself, I do enjoy some tea, chocolate milk, wine or beer occasionally but I consider these treats not “go to” beverages when I’m thirsty.
Ok, this is becoming long enough. I set out to inspire myself to start drinking more water and now I’m off on a tangent. Push me off the soapbox, please, and join me in a toast to water with water!