I’m going to talk to you about a simple hack, a hidden weapon that combat stress.
Water can instantly destress your body and if consistently consumed can keep your bodies stress level down significantly every day.
Today I want to help you understand how much water you truly need to be drinking and how to succeed at adding it into your daily life.
To start with we are building a habit and not entering a competition.
We’re not trying to go crazy with water. We are striving for an amount that we can confidently and consistently do every day of our life. An amount that we can still continue to drink 5 years down the road.
All habits take time and no one is perfect, so some days will be better than other.
Consistency is key
Here is something that may help understand why water is so important and how much your body truly needs.
60% Of Your Body Is Made Of Water
That is a lot of water. Think of how much 60% takes up. You need to chug a heck of a lot of water in order to fill 60% of your body.
How to drink enough water
Every time you think of water or look at your water bottle, chugs 16oz/2cups. We have trained our bodies to sip and it’s time to turn your thirst signal on and give your body what it needs to function optimally.
The big question is, Won’t I have to pee all the time?
In the beginning your body is most likely in water survival mode. The odds are you have not been drinking enough water and it thinks that you are somewhere without access to it. So, it decreases supply to the systems you need least to survive.
Brain first, then digestive system and it keeps going the less water you have in your body.
Have you noticed when someone is severely dehydrated that they are disoriented? This is why.
When you start drinking more water, you do pee a lot. This is because your body doesn’t want to increase water in your body yet as it is unsure if you found the one bit of water in the desert or if you have found a consistent source.
It’s still in survival mode.
After 4 days or so of consistent water your body starts using the water instead of passing it right through you allowing your systems to work optimally.
Increasing your water helps your
- Brain can think clearer
- Digestive system turns back on and you can absorb nutrients and fuel your body better
- Sleep improve
- Moods so you are less frustrated and anxious
- Joints ache less and your body moves better.
- And the list goes on….
Drinking water decreases the stress you place on your body on a daily basis leaving you more band width to handle the stresses you can’t control.
Once your body gets used to using the water that you’re giving it, it is going to make less trips for the bathroom because it’s actually going to use it.
Really think about how many bottles goes into 60% of your body. That is what we are going for.
I’m 5’6” and drink about 100 oz/ 12 cups to 150 oz/ 18 cups of water a day. If it’s hot out and I am active I drink more.
There is always a 24oz bottle on my kitchen counter when I wake up. I fill it before bed so I see it as soon as I walk into the kitchen. The first thing I do every morning is chug the whole thing. Yes, the whole thing.
It took a while to be able to drink the whole bottle, but now it’s a daily habit most of the time. Life does happen. Days that I forget I am shorter with my kids, struggle to get breakfast and lunches prepped and all other daily tasks. Once I figure out that I forgot my water, I grab my bottle and chug and my mood and abilities change.
Shift work is stressful. Your job is stressful.
Adding water to your day does not take extra time. In fact, it will help you get things done faster and easier so you will end up with more time.
Water is a very easy way to start controlling stresses in your body, leaving you energy to handle the stresses that are out of your control.
Who is ready to start making water a part of your daily routine?
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The advice provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed health care provider. Consultation with a Naturopathic Doctor or other primary care provider is recommended for anyone suffering from a health problem.
About the Author
Andi Clark is a mom, wife of a Police Officer and the founder of 911 Lifestyle.
Andi suffers from a genetic stress condition that puts her body in an increased stress response state all the time, similar to what Police Officers and First Responders experience when they put on their uniform and have to mentally prepare for whatever may happen in their day.
Through years of research and studying, Andi formulated a completely different way to look at and handle burnout. One where it is possible to reverse and prevent an officer from getting to a point where they struggle to get through their days by taking a preventative approach instead of a reactive one. And one that reduces the negative effects of shift work on the body.
Through her husbands career as an officer her focus has been on preventing burnout, exhaustion and tanked immune system that she knew can result from poorly managed stress, not to mention the toll things take on family life.
As she watched his co-workers struggle with everything from sleep, exhaustion and anger leading to divorce, PTSD and even suicide it became apparent how LIFE-SAVING the foundations she was laying down for her husband actually were, because not only was he tolerating the shiftwork lifestyle, he was thriving in it.
Andi knew that the strategies her husband was using MUST become available to all Police Officers and other First Responders. She couldn’t watch others suffering when she knew there was a solution. And 911 Lifestyle was born.