Water makes up about 60% of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. Water flushes out toxins and carries nutrients to your cells.
Without enough water, the body becomes dehydrated which taxes the body for normal functioning. It can drain your energy and make you feel tired. You may get muscle cramps, feel dizzy or get headaches without enough water. It also affects your ability to concentrate.
We flush water out of our body all day long, including when we breathe. The body needs us to replenish it.
According to The Institute of Medicine an adequate intake of water for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day, for women, it is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of total beverages a day. Up to 20% of your water intake will come from the foods you eat.
That’s an average. You must know your own needs. If you are highly active, live in a hot climate or are suffering certain illnesses like fever or vomiting, your water requirements are going to be higher.
Water does the body good. Period. Get into a good relationship with water and it will reward you tenfold. You’ve probably heard much of this before, but it bears repeating.
Water is calorie free.
It fills you up somewhat, which may contribute to you eating less, thereby regulating your weight.
Water is essential to your digestive health.
Water regulates your body temperature.
Water helps you feel alert.
We are truly fortunate to have water readily available. (My preferred water source is from an RO system I had installed in my home when I got serious about my water intake.)
A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT WATER FOR SPEAKERS
As an Expert, you likely give presentations or speeches. If you’re like most of us, it’s a little stressful, if not downright nerve-racking. Under these conditions, it’s easy to get dry mouth and it’s hard to pretend it’s not happening. You wish you could slither off the stage without anyone noticing.
There are a few things you can do to be at your optimal condition so you don’t have to deal with dry mouth.
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Be particularly mindful of hydrating several days prior to the event.
If you are traveling, get there early enough so that you can get a good night’s rest.
Avoid spicy foods a day or two prior to your talk. Pizza and garlic are the ones that get me every time.
Avoid sugary snacks.
Watch the salt intake.
Avoid alcohol and minimize caffeine the day before.
Eat a healthy, energizing breakfast without overdoing it.
Have a mint or sour, sugar-free hard candy just before going on stage. It stimulates the saliva.
Arrange ahead of time for the host to have your preferred type of water available for you onstage. Ask for a minimum of 2 servings. Have them fill your drinking container for you prior to going onstage. (see next point)
Bring your own water container with a lid and straw. Women in particular feel a lot more comfortable with this than having to swig from a bottle. Drinking from a bottle is just not that professional. Do NOT have an open glass of water anywhere near you when you’re on the platform. You could bump into it, knock it over or spill it if your hands are trembling. It could damage your notes or worse, spill on your computer or phone.
The benefits of drinking enough water are tremendous. It helps you to optimize your vitality and your health.
Make it your drink of choice.
Make it so that you can’t live without it.
Because you can’t.
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