I. Love. Water. I love water!
I drank so much water at one point that my doctor told me to cut back due to some weird blood test result. Yeah, you can say I’m a big fan of the H2O.
Throw some lemon juice in and I get to start my day with a sour treat.
Add some Rhodiola rosea and I have the cure for brain fog.
Tea leaves and water? Do I need to say more?!
OK. One more point. Water is cheap.
Water is the number one beverage in our home. We have our own reverse osmosis system that Garrett created using components from BulkReefSupply.com. Filtering water at home is way cheaper than purchasing filtered, bottled water at the store AND no plastic. I HATE plastic for all the environmental reasons that one has for hating plastic.
Water is also necessary. We’re mostly water (crazy, right?!), so we need to refill ourselves daily. Apparently, we wake up with dehydrated brains that demand WATER, so I’ve made it a point to have a glass first thing in the morning.
Dehydrated brains can make mistakes.
In conclusion, degraded mood, increased perception of task difficulty, lower concentration, and headache symptoms resulted from 1.36% dehydration… – from The Journal of Nutrition
Sometimes our brains think they want food when they actually want water, so it can contribute to overeating, which means spending more $$$ on food unnecessarily. How many times I have overeaten when I was actually dehydrated?!
Combating dehydration is our number one strategy for optimal performance throughout the day, but it also indirectly helps us manage our grocery budget since stop overeating (assuming we were).
For daily intake, our doctor recommends drinking 1 fluid ounce per pound. Your doctor might recommend something else for you, so give him/her a call if you’re concerned.
Here’s the problem with managing water intake: I have no idea how much water I’m drinking. I use plain ole pint glasses to consume water, so at the very least, I know I’ve had 16 oz. But how many times have I refilled that pint glass? How many 16 oz glasses of water have I consumed? Great question.
There are now technological solutions to my problem, like the Sportline HydraCoach, but that costs MONEY and water is supposed to frugality’s secret weapon, so these won’t cut it.
This is something I’ve been thinking about for weeks since I started listening to Shawn Stevenson’s Model Health Show. Consuming too much water vs. not enough water has been on my mind for TOO MANY months, so Shawn’s feedback on water make me develop a solution to my problem.
Why am I telling you about my water intake?
I think this is a problem that lots of people struggle with. Coffee addiction. General hangriness. Traffic accidents. Can we blame any of these societal norms on dehydrated brains? Maybe. I have NO data on any of this, but the research suggests that operating on dehydrated brains must have some negative consequences. Let’s change this, shall we?
Here’s the system I developed to help us better leverage our secret weapon: tickets.
Remember those carnivals you’d go to as a kid? You’d have to buy tickets for each ride.
Each day, we “buy” the tickets we need for the day. Our singular goal is to use up all of the tickets we’ve “purchased.”
These envelopes of our tickets sit at the filtered water station in our house. Each time we refill our empty pint glasses, each of us takes one of our tickets from the envelope.
It’s only been a few days since we implemented this system, but it’s working! We’re far more aware of our water consumption and when we’re not drinking as much (usually afternoons). Having this kind of immediate feedback has done wonders for us and our ability to make changes quickly.