I used to be one of those “drink coffee all day long” people. I was working two jobs, an average of 11 hours a day, and I needed a near-constant caffeine boost. I kept a coffee mug at my desk that I kept refilling throughout the day.
Now that my situation has changed, however, I’ve backed off the caffeine. I still have a cup in the morning, but I’ve found that one cup a day is my sweet spot. Apparently I’ve lost my tolerance for that much caffeine, so now when I drink more than one cup, and I feel jittery and anxious.
But even knowing how my body reacts to too much caffeine… sometimes it just feels like one more cup of coffee will be the magic solution. This past week in particular, I had a lot to get done. I was feeling tired, but I knew I had more work to get done, so more coffee seemed to be the answer.
Every time, I thought to myself “this is a bad idea.”
Every time, I made more coffee anyway.
And unsurprisingly, every time, it turned out to be a bad idea. I got jittery, which made it hard to work, and then I would crash and get tired again, which made it even harder to work.
So I’m making a change.
Instead of more coffee, I’m going to drink more water.
Any time I begin to feel tired, and feel like I should start up the coffee pot again, I will instead fill up my water bottle.
My body doesn’t need more caffeine. It needs more water. And what I thought were the symptoms of “needs more caffeine” were actually the symptoms of dehydration.
Dehydration makes you feel lethargic and tired. It can give you headaches. It can throw a wrench in your digestion or make you feel bloated. And more coffee does not fix those symptoms.
Here are just a few of the amazing things that happen in your body when you drink more water:
- More energy
- Better brain function
- Better skin complexion
- Fewer headaches
- Improved digestive processes
Your body needs water to carry out bodily functions, and when your body is functioning properly, everything works a little bit better.
By making one simple change of swapping out that unnecessary second cup of coffee for a bottle of water, I can combat dehydration and actually give my body what it needs to survive and thrive. Drinking water helps wake you up, and as an added bonus, it comes without the caffeine crash!
Here’s to better hydration!
Be Happy. Be Healthy.