“Kamikaze pilots wearing helmets is the greatest mystery yet to be solved.”
Lately I’ve been VERY tired. I want to nap. I want to go to bed early and read, dropping the book on my face within minutes and dozing off so early that I end up wandering through the house in the middle of the night. Do I need more protein? Help!
Then I remembered, again. It was many months ago that I had this complaint which I expressed to every one who was not quick enough to leave the immediate area I inhabited.”I am so tired,” I’d whine in my favorite poor me voice.
“You’re probably not tired,” a scientist friend of mine, who knows the gestation period of almost every creature on this planet, said. “You’re probably just thirsty.”
So I went on line to prove him wrong and ended up lifting this from the Mayo Clinic Website. “Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.”
He was correct. I bought a lovely water cup that held 16 ounces and matched my purple kitchen.
Doing the calculations that support the current wisdom handed down by my mother, I believed I had to drink eight-8 ounce glasses of water per day. My 16 ounce cup equals 2-8 ounce cups. Times 4 would equal 8 cups or the suggested water intake for most people. For a more exact calculation, according to other sites not written by my mother, a person should take their weight times 2/3 and that’s the number of ounces they should drink, or a half ounce for every pound you weigh, unless you’re Lithuanian. I made that last part up.
What was clear was that I’d forgotten the ancient wisdom and had pretty much abandoned water in favor of coffee, tea, and other diuretics. I got up from my fourth nap of the day and got my water cup out of the cupboard.
So what does water do for our bodies? Look it up. It’s too much to steal for this blog. I’m on my third 16-ounce cup today. Feeling better already!
If I drink a lot of water will I have to go to the bathroom a lot?
Let’s hope so.
How can I tell if I’m drinking enough water?
If your urine is clear you’re probably drinking enough. Keep up the good work. If your urine is golden and the odor carries over to the neighbors, you might want to increase the amount of water that you drink, or move.
Is it OK to put artificially sweetened powders into my water?
If you’re over 18 (your age, not your IQ) you can do anything you want. However, water is meant to flush out nasty things from your system and help your innards perform at their peak. Why add more things that need to be flushed out? That would be like washing your floors with lemonade. You might get up some of the dirt but…
Why are you harping on this?
I hope my husband reads this, starts drinking more water, and finally has enough energy to finish cleaning the basement. You’re welcome.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.