I thought I was drinking plenty of water but it turns out that I most definitely was not.
On a day-to-day basis, I mostly drink water and tea with the occasional glass of juice for variety’s sake.
And I really thought I was having the recommended 8 glasses a day…until I actually thought it through.
If I have a glass of water with each meal and then one or two at other times during the day, I was getting a maximum of 5 glasses a day.
And yes, I know that the 8 glasses is a fairly arbitrary recommendation and I didn’t fall for the idea that ‘By the time you feel thirsty, you are already terribly dehydrated!’ that some ‘experts’ were touting a few years back. If that was the way the human body worked, we would never have survived this long.
But, still, I know that 8 glasses is a good guideline.
And I know that drinking more water can be beneficial for people who are monitoring their blood pressure.
And I just had this sense that the way I felt in the morning had something to do with not getting enough fluid overall.
And I know that my ADHD brain might mislead me about how much water I drink and when I drink it.
So, I decided to do an experiment.*
I know that part of my issue with remembering to drink more water is that I have to interrupt whatever I am doing in order to refill my glass or water bottle. Any interruption in my work day has the potential to lead me down a rabbit hole of other tasks so I try to avoid extra stops in my work flow. (Hyperfocus plays a role here, too, but it is mostly a conscious decision not to avoid possible distractions.)
So, I decided to buy a large water bottle that I could fill up in the morning and then sip all day until it was gone. By getting a large bottle, I would avoid having to stop what I was doing in order to get more water and I wouldn’t have to track how many times I had refilled my glass/bottle.
I thought about buying one of those bottles with the time recommendations down the side but I couldn’t get one locally and I wondered if the time markings would get on my nerves. After all, it doesn’t matter if I drink a specific amount by 11am and I know myself well enough know that I might resist drinking it all, just because I don’t like being bossed around, especially by inanimate objects.
As you can see, the bottle ended up buying is enormous.
It’s 2.2 litres and I cannot sip from it, I have to swig which lends a fun pirate-y feeling throughout my day, me mateys.
As I write this, I am on Day 10 of my experiment and I will definitely be continuing.
Since increasing my water consumption, I have a greater feeling of well-being overall.
I feel better when I wake up, less groggy, and my movements are easier. (I feel more fluid! Ha!)
I’m drinking fewer cups of caffeinated tea and some days I haven’t had any caffeine at all.
I haven’t been having as many snacks. I still snack when I’m hungry obviously** but I think I have reduced my number of ‘unconscious boredom’ snacks.
Of course, I’m sure some of this is psychosomatic but, truthfully, I don’t care. This experiment has been all upsides so far.
At this point, I know there’s big question in your mind and it goes something like this:
“That’s all good, Christine, but do you have to spend half your day going to the bathroom now?”
Nope. Pretty much the same as before.
(Which kind of makes me think that I really needed this additional water.)
So, I’ll be sailing on with this experiment for the foreseeable future.
Yo-ho-ho-ho and a (giant) bottle of water!
*I am VERY excited about my ability to do these kinds of experiments in the last few months. It’s all due to the mental space my increased ADHD meds are giving me. More on that in another post!
**I am strongly pro-snack. I cannot be swayed on this point.