If all you do is read this reminder (and ignore the strategies), you are already sending a message to your subconscious mind which is accountable for 90% of your daily decisions. The more similar messages it gets, the more the idea will stick.
This week’s reminder:
Drink your water!
Did you know that two out of three people are partially dehydrated? And that hospital admissions for painful kidney stones have more than doubled in the last decade? Before the invention of water systems and water bottles, our ancestors relied on fresh fruits and vegetables as a source of hydration- that’s why our bodies can send a hunger signal to our brains when we need water. This is called Hydration Hunger. If you grab for a bag of chips or wheat-based products, you are giving your body the opposite of what it really needs. The result: Fatigue, lack of energy, headaches, poor ability to focus, constipation, premature aging, increased risk of cavities, increased risk of kidney stones, low or high blood pressure, and susceptibility to a number of diseases. On the other hand, a well hydrated brain benefits from enhanced concentration, memory function maintenance, mood balance and even better sleep quality. Water is also essential for heart health and muscle and joint function, all of which are necessary for staying physically active – another way to keep the brain oxygenated and sharp.
Implementation Strategies (choose at least one for this week):
- Drink a full glass of water when you first wake up.
- Fill two bottles (750ml or 1L bottles) every morning. Keep one handy at your desk and carry the other one with you wherever you go. Make sure you empty both (larger bottles for larger people, smaller bottles for smaller people).
- Experiment with adding a few slices of cucumber, ginger, mint leaves, lemon, or strawberries.
- Avoid water with big meals, it dilutes your digestive enzymes.
- Practice gratitude: Be thankful that we have access to free, clean water. The more you think of this, the more you appreciate it.
- Discover ways of supporting Water First – a Canadian NGO dedicated to addressing water challenges in Indigenous communities.
- Try using a “Drink water reminder App” or create a repeating notification on your phone (you can even download a sound file that will remind you of water)
- Notice the colour and odour of your urine – the darker and stinkier it is, the more you need to hydrate (unless you just ate asparagus!)
Want to share your results and commitments? Please email me, I love hearing from those who implement the strategies.
Three opportunities to deepen the learning:
1. You might be surprised by how much sugar is in bottled drinks (including those that look “healthy”). See some examples here.
2. Is being dehydrated really as bad for you as being drunk? A new study says drinking too little water is just as hazardous as drinking too much alcohol. Read more.
3. How drinking more water may boost your memory. Read more.
A love note from your future self:
My favourite possessions at this stage in life, are my memories and my ability to share stories. Thank you for ALWAYS DOING YOUR BEST to remember to drink water.
Old age wouldn’t be as good had you not made self-care a priority.
Love, from your future self.
Health Disclaimer: The content contained in this email is for educational and inspirational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional. Do not disregard, avoid or delay obtaining medical or health related advice because of something you may have read on this email.