I did something very stupid yesterday-I didn’t drink enough water. I drank a few cups of coffee and a couple of Dr Deppers, and while these drinks list water as their main ingredient-they are not, in fact, water.
I am a water drinker from a long way back-that bit about 8 glasses of water a day has never been a burden for me-except perhaps as an occasional limit. I have been known to down 8 ounce glasses of water at one go and during my cycling days I would drink a couple of oversized water bottles on my rides and stop for refills along the way.
So it was odd that I got distracted and didn’t drink enough water yesterday. I paid for it this morning by feeling like death warmed over. Stiff and tired and dry eyes-not exactly stranded in the Shara dry-but for me, a bit of discomfort. I am making up for it today by sipping water whenever I get a chance.
From time to time there are stories in the news about people dying from drinking too much water-something like gallons of water at a time apparently. Now I like water, but I don’t like drinking water that much. Besides, if everything is working as it should, you need to get rid of all that water every couple of hours anyway. But it does make for interesting news.
I thought about becoming a chef at one time. When to the local Culinary Academy and took a series of tests to see if I had the basic skilled needed to work in a kitchen. Could I tell the difference between sour cream and whole milk, for example-somehow I got that one wrong. But they did have a taste test that involved water with small amounts of flavoring added to it-I aced that test, to the amazement of the chefs who had tested my skills on milks and creams. It was not long before I realized that the life of Anthony Bourdain was not the life for me. But it was a fun experience.
I need to add here that I drink TAP water not spring water delivery to my door-as in the stuff that pours out of a faucet. I have drank tap water all over the country, with the occasional water cooler water tossed in for good measure. Some tap water is pretty nasty stuff, and some of it is amazingly good. I have never been a fan of bottled water, water filters, and a lot of over purification of water-though I was tempted to buy some Arctic Water that I saw one time. That kind of pure water from ice burgs that they make really good vodka from. But I never really got around to it.
So, like the advice about using sunscreen, I would advice that every should feel free to drink water.