Get Instant Energy: Drink More Water!

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This one of the most overlooked and under appreciated ways of feeling awesome right away. Most people simply don’t realize how much better they would feel if they only drank more water. They spend their days completely dehydrated. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

When your body gets dehydrated, your organs get depleted of fluid. Dehydration causes fatigue, headaches, back pain, and a plethora of other discomforts. It also makes you more susceptible to physical injury since it takes fluid away from your muscles and inhibits them from properly responding to stress.

If you feel drowsy throughout the day, you’re probably dehydrated. Unfortunately, most people try to make up for sleepiness by drinking coffee or other caffeine based beverages that in turn make them even more dehydrated.

Try drinking a few sips of water every ten minutes. You should aim to consume at least half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 pounds, aim to drink at least 75 ounces of water per day (or roughly 10 cups of water). More than anything else, if you drink more water you will feel awesome!

Personally, I walk around with a 40 oz. Kleen Kanteen everywhere I go.  It’s environmentally friendly, keeps the water tasting great, and really convenient.  I found the best prices on Amazon.

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18 thoughts on “Get Instant Energy: Drink More Water!”

  1. Great post. I knew you had to drink a lot, but the ” 1/2 your body weight in ounces” tip is really helpfull! Thanks 🙂

  2. Yeah, try it. It makes a huge difference. I walk around with a 40 oz “Kleek Kanteen” everywhere I go. Since I started drinking water regularly I feel SO MUCH BETTER all day.

  3. Electrolytes are important too. I used to get irregular heartbeats in arid Arizona until I realized I needed more salt as well as water. I avoid salt as much as possible, and I didn't think that not having enough salt could be bad as well. Adding just a bit of salt to my diet cleared up the problem.

  4. Totally. You have to make sure it's the right kind of salt though. Regular table salt is bleached and processed beyond all recognition. It's a good idea to add a pinch of sea salt per liter of water.

  5. Table salt is fortified with iodine, which most people won't get enough of otherwise. A better option for iodine is seaweed (wakame, ogo, dulse, furikaki, etc), so I agree with you on the sea salt. Iodine helps keep the thyroid healthy, and also helps alleviate the effects of radiation exposure, if that happens to you (most likely in the form of radiation therapy for cancer).

  6. In addition, for those with adrenal fatigue (most stressed out people), drinking too much water can lead to more tiredness even though thirst continues. Adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt to every 8 oz glass of water will allow the body to become hydrated again. I put a little lemon juice and stevia in as well to create a better flavor.

  7. I don't think I've ever tried Stevia. It's supposed to be 1000 times sweeter than sugar. Do you know if it affects you negatively like sugar? Where can you get it?

  8. Stevia is an herb that can function as a sweetener. It contains no sugar. Honestly, I don't like the taste that much, but sugar is bad for adrenal fatigue.

    You can get it at any health food store like Whole Foods. It comes either as a liquid (just 1-3 drops per cup of water) or a powder (with a very tiny scoop). I use one tiny scoop a day.

    The research suggests that Stevia is non-toxic in low to moderate doses:
    http://integral-options.blogspot.com/2008/05/su

    If you can do some sugar, then some agave nectar would be fine too probably. Agave has a very low glycemic index.

  9. Right! Electrolytes are SO essential. Since electrolytes (or ions) can basically only be consumed through minerals, I definitely recommend that you check out something called Cell Food.

    Cell Food is packed with minerals and you just put a few drops of it in your bottle of water. I didn't even know that vitamins are totally useless and can't be absorbed without minerals!

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