There's apparently a magical substance that, when ingested regularly, can increase energy, improve complexions, reduce bloating, encourage weight loss, prevent headaches, lubricate joints, and flush out toxins. And that magical substance is...Diet Dr. Pepper! Hooray!
No, that's ridiculous. Of course, I'm referring to water. Nutritionists and other health-oriented people recommend drinking 8-8 ounce glasses a day. (Or, if you want to do a bit of easy math, drink half your body weight in ounces.) Drink more after exercising or on hot days or whenever you've been extra sweaty. (FYI, I'd rather not know what made you extra sweaty, thanks.)
Because Colorado is a dry climate, you might assume that drinking 8 glasses of water is a no-brainer. Except that it's not! Not for me, anyway. I have tried many times to get into the habit. It usually lasts about two days, and then I go right back to waking up in the middle of the night feeling like my tongue is velcroed to the roof of my mouth.
But this past week, I did it! Sixty-four ounces of water a day for seven days. (Well, almost.) I tried to drink sixteen ounces before leaving the house, and another sixteen during my four hours at work. No problem. For some reason, however, I apparently go into camel-in-the-desert mode during the afternoon, and all of a sudden, it's almost bedtime and I realize I have two more glasses to drink. So on day 1, I only drank 7 glasses.
Now that I'm adequately hydrated, I feel...pretty much the same. I was hoping for a surge in energy, or to have strangers stop me on the street and compliment me on my dewy, youthful skin. Those things didn't happen, but I do feel less thirsty all the time, especially at night, which is definitely an improvement. And I'm hoping that if I keep hydrating, that dewy thing will be right around the corner.
The Take It or Leave It verdict?
Take it. And toss in a slice of lemon, too.