Every morning, I start my day with the same exact routine, whether I am home, in a hotel, or at a friend or family members house.
You see, about 4 years ago, I was having a run of nearly daily headaches.
Every day I went to work, the headache would start about 9 AM.
That meant the daily dose of Tylenol or Advil or some other pain relief pill.
Sometimes it worked a bit, but usually it did nothing.
I knew it wasn’t migraines. I’d had migraines before, and these weren’t that bad. They didn’t stop me in my tracks. They were just that dull, annoying, ache, that never changed, kind of like when the radio dial isn’t quite exactly where it needs to be for the station to come in perfect, and you are stuck with that little bit of static over top of every song that plays.
You know what I mean.
The static where it’s not Ice Ice Baby that’s playing, but Zice Zice Baby.
I knew it wasn’t a sinus infection. I’d had those before, too. I still do to this day. Generally, once in May and once in September my cheeks, forehead, and sinus cavity gets so filled with junk and the tissue so inflamed that every step feels like someone jabbing me in the sinus cavity with a pitchfork. And the only way to sleep is by placing my face on top of my fist so that the skin is pulled off to the side.
And I hadn’t had any head injuries, thank god, so it wasn’t some kind of trauma that had set these things off.
So I began looking at what else could be causing these low-grade daily headaches.
And the hunch that I came to was “maybe I was dehydrated?”
So, the next day, when I got up out of bed, I used the toilet, and I walked straight to the kitchen.
There, I filled up a glass of water, about 12 to 16 ounces, and drank it down. Then, I did it again.
My hunch was that I had somehow gotten myself into a rut of dehydration. I hypothesized that I was going to bed dehydrated, waking up dehydrated, and going through the entire day dehydrated, and this was causing me to have this crazy, nearly hungover, type of headache.
And I was RIGHT.
Once I downed that water, it was like I had hit the re-set button on a bad game of Super Mario and was able to start over from the beginning.
That day at work, it felt awesome to be able to look at other Managers in the eye without having to squint if there was a light behind them. I could sit and have conversations with employees without shuddering in pain if their voice was high pitched. And my workout that night was the best I’d had in a long time.
So now, every morning, since then, with only a handful of exceptions, I have started the day with the Morning Gulp – 24 to 32 ounces of water, depending on how big the actual glass is, and I always will from now on.
But tomorrow, I am running a new experiment.
You see, my good friend Mark, with whom I train Back and Triceps on Friday mornings, pointed out something that I have been over-looking all year.
The water that I have been pouring down the sink after steaming my vegetables every other day or so, is most likely LOADED with nutrients and vitamins. So, today when I steamed the latest batch, afterwards I poured it into this giant plastic glass, and even though it looks like alien urine, tomorrow, I will be pounding this like a Keystone Pounder instead of just plain water, broccoli stubs and all.
Left-over Water from Steamed
Broccoli, Green Beans, Cauliflower, and Carrots
The idea is that tomorrow I will not only start the day off with a burst of hydration surplus, but also get a shot of vitamins and nutrients along with it.
Can’t wait brother.
Are You Chronically Dehydrated?
A quick google search on dehydration will tell you that an estimated 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
When you consider that it takes only a 1% dehydration level to drastically decrease your mental focus and physical prowess, let alone cause headaches, it is worth it to sacrifice the 30 seconds of your morning in order to jump start your hydration status.
Yep, 30 seconds to fill and chug two glasses of water, first thing in the morning.
Risk of Water Intoxication
Naturally, if you drink too much water, it can reach levels that are considered poisonous, even carrying the names “water poisoning,” “hyperhydration,” and “dilutional hyponatremia.” So, you can’t go overboard here. I am not a doctor and have no idea how to figure out how much is “too much.” So don’t try this until you talk to one about it.
Either way, if you aren’t drinking enough water, you’ll know it when you take a leak throughout the day because your urine will be yellowish, or if you’re really dehydrated, then it will be like neon orange, and you’d better start drinking more water.
Why not get ahead of the curve by drinking it first thing upon waking up?
Start with just one glass.
Give it a try and let me know how you feel by leaving a comment below.
It’s been roughly 6 months since I’ve gotten a legitimate comment on this site. I half wonder if anyone reads this site anymore, since I get no feedback, no props, no complaints, nothing.
All the best in your training,
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