I’ll admit that I’m starting out pretty basic here. Big topics reduced down to a few hundred words. And today is no exception! Because today I’m going to talk about water.
More specifically, hydration.
Do you think you drink enough water throughout the day? Many studies and people will tell you various details on why you probably need more water in your life. Some have good info, and some are unmitigated crap. Everyone has an opinion.
My thoughts on water are similar to my thoughts on the other big basics like food, sleep, and exercise.
Pay attention to your body. Does it feel like you’re getting enough? You probably are. Do you feel like you could use more? You probably could.
Not the most scientific, I know. But the sheer range of people existing and thriving in so many different circumstances leads me to think that many generalizations are useless. The core strength of humankind is adaptability. We can succeed in many different climates and arenas with vastly different resources.
What’s the best for you, then? It’s a personal question. You could take into account your heritage, your current climate, activity level, salt intake, stress, etc, etc, etc. And while this could paint a very convincing portrait of the exact amount of water you should be drinking, I still think it would be more useful to develop body mindfulness and just realize when you’re thirsty or not.
I know that for me, certain signs start to emerge when I should be drinking more water. I get tired, yawning more than usual. I might develop a slight headache. Or, I might just realize I haven’t peed in hours. It’s a subtle and complicated awareness for some. But it is an excellent place to start.
We start at the most primal, the most basic. I think almost everyone has at least some idea of when they need more water. From there, move on to hunger, to sleep, to posture and movement, to all the various needs and desires of the being you are. Focus long enough and the awareness becomes second nature.
The deeper question becomes not just “Are you thirsty?” but “What are you thirsty for?”
So do YOU thirst for?