By Julia Andresakis ’18
You probably don’t think you need to be told to drink water. It sounds like common sense, right? Like most students who are always rushing out the house, most of us tend to forget to bring water. Even when you do bring water, how often is it that you finish your water? Do you forget about it and take it out only at lunch, leaving half of it untouched? Do you purchase Arizona or soda on your way to school, and drink that instead? Or, quite possibly, do you finish your bottle of water before your second class of the day and spend the rest of the day dehydrated? Perhaps none of these questions apply to you; maybe you don’t spend time thinking about how much water you should be drinking. Here’s why you should:
- Eliminate those headaches! If you suffer unexplainable migraines from time to time, it’s time to increase the amount of water you drink. Although headaches may be caused by other health issues, it is likely that the causes are sleep deprivation and dehydration. Even if you feel perfectly fine, grab that water bottle anyway to prevent potential future headaches.
- Combat fatigue! While making daily trips to your local bodega to buy coffee may help you stay awake for the first half of the day, nothing else can help you stay alert throughout the day as well as water can. Caffeine may work wonders for only so long before you build a resistance towards it and it stops becoming effective at helping you keep your eyes open during math class. Plus, when you drink water instead of a caffeinated drink, you don’t run the risk of experiencing a massive sugar crash in the middle of the day. There are bonuses to drinking ice-cold water, which works best.
- Your skin will thank you! No, really. There are skeptics who believe that the amount of water one consumes doesn’t affect their complexion in the slightest, but that’s not entirely true. Water serves as a barrier that protects excessive fluid loss, and your skin keeps more moisture in as a result. Dehydration, on the other hand, leads to drier and flakier skin, which is less appealing.
At this point, you may be thinking: Ok, I’ll drink more water! But how do I remind myself daily to increase my consumption? Simply put, it depends on the type of person you are. If you go through your water bottle halfway through your first period class, take advantage of Tech’s water fountains and don’t hesitate to fill your bottle up in between classes. Alternatively, invest, if you can, in a reusable bottle that is larger than your normal bottle. If you drink out of a 16.9 ounce Poland Springs bottle, consider purchasing a 20 or 24 ounce water bottle. If you’re the type to forget about your water until the end of the day when you take a nearly-full bottle out of your bag, try carrying it by hand. During every class, place it on your desk. Whenever you feel bored, tired, or-surprise-thirsty, you’ll be more likely to take a sip of your water. And if you’re the type to ditch the water for a sweetened drink, I’ll bring back an earlier point: drinking water doesn’t run the risk of suffering from a sugar crash. All around, drinking more water is sure to help you feel better and look better.
Inspirational Quote: “Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine” – Slovakian Proverb