You can go weeks without food but only 5-7 days without water. When the water in your body is reduced by just 1 percent, you become thirsty. At 5 percent, muscle strength and endurance declines significantly and you become hot and tired. When the loss reaches 10 percent, delirium and blurred vision occur. A 20 percent reduction results in death.
Wow – and that’s just the beginning.
When I started to get over my disordered eating a few years ago the first thing I got was energy! It felt so good. No more adrenal fatigue and no more feeling like I was going to fall asleep at my desk every day. However, as time went on I noticed I still had days where I just felt terrible – lethargic and like I was completely fatigued.
I wracked my brain – I couldn’t figure it out. I ate healthy (or at least what I thought was healthy at the time). The crazy part is that I didn’t know when it was going to happen – no warning signs – nada.
I remember one Sunday in particular. I worked out, ate healthy things and I decided to make dinner for Brian and his brother. I made some kind of low fat enchilada thing which used a lot of canned ingredient’s (like I said, what I thought was healthy at the time).
After I ate – I couldn’t even stay up to watch Walking Dead – I was sleeping by 8:45pm. Monday – I felt like CRAP! I was so mad. Back to the drawing board! What did I do different that Sunday??? I finally realized I didn’t drink any water. I had a little but it probably added up to a couple of cups. Plus I ate a meal of canned food – why hello there sodium!
Was it really that simple? I decided to do a test – every single day including weekends I drank 8 glasses of water. Guess what stopped? That’s right I stopped getting that feeling immediately. I am so sensitive that I realized on Monday I would still feel a tiny bit lethargic so I started drinking 10-12 glasses over the weekend since I move a lot more. The feeling on Monday disappeared all together.
That my friends is the power of water.
Have an awesomely fantastic night!