The basis of spirituality is self-transformation. We may read, write, and talk about spirituality, but nothing’s going to work without action. So, I wondered how to get us all from topsy-turvy into awesome-pawsome.

As the cardinal rule of my life says, follow Swami’s words when in doubt. Now, which of Swami’s wisdom applies here? He once told me – You can do anything you wish to do. Putting your energy into it is all it takes. The key is to do it one baby step at a time.

Taking a cue from those wise words, that’s what we can all do! Moving forward, I’ll recommend one life hack every so often. It could be about anything from the five spheres of personal development – physical, financial, intellectual, emotional, or spiritual. However, one thing will be a constant. The motive behind each of these will be only one – A Better Version of You! 

If the above resonates with you, walk with me throughout this series.

Ready. Set. Go.

Current Life Hack

Drinking Enough Water

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water. – W. H. Auden

Yup, it is drinking the right amount of water. Simple, ah? Someone once quipped, “If we return to kindergarten and relearn everything correctly, we’ll all be superstars!”

How Much Water?

One big question that comes up with water is how much should we drink every day? Drinking too much water is an issue because our kidneys struggle to get rid of the excess. As we all know, drinking too little leads to dehydration.

Research studies have given different suggestions over the years. The conclusion is that no single magic formula works for all. Our requirements depend on many factors, but the two main ones are

  • How active are you?
  • Where do you live?

Nevertheless, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have presented us with a general guideline. The average daily fluid requirement is:

  • About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men
  • About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women

These include all sorts of fluids – water, other beverages, and about 15-20% comes from our food.

A commonly known version says we needed to drink 8 glasses – about 1.5 to 2 liters – a day. This ancient rule has zero science behind it. Still, it works great as a rough guide. In short, the problem with drinking water is, there’s no one size fits all.

How Do We Know?

Given that our water requirements are subjective, how do we know if we’re drinking enough? Observe yourself! Your body will guide you if you pay attention. The following criteria can determine the adequacy of your fluid intake:

  • The color of your urine: If you’re drinking enough water, your urine will be pale yellow or clear. You aren’t drinking enough if it is darker yellow.
  • Bowel movements: Those drinking enough water will have soft bowel movements. Constipation or hard bowel movements can be signs of inadequate water consumption.
  • Thirst: Common sense suggests that we should drink water when thirsty. However, that’s not how things work! If you’re waiting to feel thirsty, you’re already a bit dehydrated. Thirst is an SOS signal from the body for help.
  • Fatigue: There could be many reasons for this, but not consuming enough water can make you feel exhausted as well.

Action Items for A-Better-Version-of-You

  • Observe yourself closely. See if you can figure out how much water you actually need.
  • Set four reminders for drinking water on your phone:
    • 30 mins before breakfast
    • 1 hour before lunch
    • Sometime around your evening snack
    • 1 hour before dinner

Additional Tips

If you are like me, you may feel drinking water to be nauseating. Therefore, I do the below to get my water quota for the day:

  • Water Enhancer: The artificial sweetener in these isn’t as great, but the slight sweetness has kept me away from processed sugar (a huge plus). Here’s the one I use: Crush, Variety Pack.
  • Sparkling Water: This is my go-to drink. It takes a bit of getting used to, but it works magic when you do. Here’s the one I drink: La Croix Sparkling Water.
  • Lime Water: If you wish to go the natural way, you can add a few drops of lime or lemon juice to your water.
  • Home-Remedy Spices: Sometimes, I add cumin or carom seeds to my water. If doing that, you should boil the water with those spices and then cool it down to drinkable temperature. This concoction can also stimulate your metabolism.

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