Drink And Be Merry

Summary: Want to know a proven way to boost your energy and productivity almost immediately? It's super-easy to implement (no pain!). And it won't cost you anything. Plus, it will help prevent colds and the flu.

As we walked into Staples, my husband's eyes grew wide like a 10-year-old kid's.

There, right in front of him, in the center display, was the object of his desire.

But it wasn't some souped-up genius phone . . . or a razor-thin laptop that got him so jazzed . . .

No, it wasn't what you'd expect would get someone's attention at an office supply store . . .

It was the Soda Stream home seltzer-maker.

His excitement over this unusual piece of office equipment harkened back to his boyhood fantasies of having a soda machine at home. (Of course we'll be using fruit juice, not soda syrups to flavor this.)

I was excited, too. But for different reasons.

For me the SodaStream's prime spot at Staples gave me hope that a new era in healthy home businesses was on the rise.

Because if you toss out the ghastly orange energy drink mix sample that comes with the Soda Stream starter kit, you'll be literally tapping into one of the best ways to boost your productivity and stay healthy -

Like plants, if you just add water, you and your business will thrive.

Keep reading . . . because this is not going to be another drink-your-8-glasses-a-day sermon. By the time you're done reading this you'll be convinced that nothing will do your home biz more good than getting more H2O in your body each day.

And - while there are lots of new and exciting ways to drink more water each day (like the Sodastream) – I'm going to show you the easiest, most reliable way to make sure you're drinking enough.

By putting this simple action into play, you'll transform your day and your business as well.

The Life Source

Let's start off with a basic point - We're mostly water. (Women are about 55% water and men are 60%.) We're practically little bits of walking ocean with cell membranes sectioning us up.

According to the US Geological Survey, our brains are 70% water, our lungs are 90% water, and our muscles are 75% water. Even our bones are 22% water.

Every inch of our body has something to do with water.

And every aspect of our body needs water to work properly.

  • Most of the chemical reactions in our body require an aqueous environment.
  • Water helps your body digest nutrients, distribute them and absorb them into your cells.
  • It then helps your body get rid of toxins and debris that have built up each day.
  • It moves your immune system around.
  • It allows your body to communicate through the liquid hormones that course through your body.

Every day we go through about 2.4 liters of water. About the amount of a bottle of seltzer.

Without water we'd die.

So you're probably thinking, that's all very interesting and nice to know . . .

But what does this have to do with getting through another workday?

Okay, challenge is on. I'm not going to even try to convince you with the facts. Let's use experience . . .

Discover The Power Of Water

Step away from the computer a minute and head over to the kitchen
Get yourself a full glass of water - a full one. At least 12 ounces.

Now drink it down. All of it. Don't tote it over to your desk and sip it. Drink it all down.

For years I convinced myself I was drinking lots of water by always having a water glass with me. However, it wasn't until I shifted to this tactic that I really drank enough water . . . and experienced the results.

Okay - so drink the whole glass down in one standing - Got it?

So how do you feel?

Do you feel alert? Awake?

If you had a headache creeping on, you may find that it's started to fade away.

Do this a few times over the next few hours and take careful notes.

(Remember, don't just take a glass over to sip as you work - you'll deceive yourself that you're getting enough. Go drink it down right then and there. And then take something back to your desk with you.)

  • Do this every couple of hours or so.
  • Do this when you start to feel your attention lag or your energy wane.
  • Do this before you get something to eat.

You may discover that you're really not hungry - just thirsty. In fact when lunchtime rolls around, you may even pass up on dessert. You'll find you have fewer snack attacks.

Your eyes don't feel as red and itchy towards the late afternoon.

And when you look in the mirror, you'll see your face has fleshed out a little. Your skin looks healthier - your lines a little less evident.

And you just feel good - plain and simple.

And this is after only drinking more water over half a day!

Imagine what would happen if you did this for the whole day! For the week . . . Forever!

How Water Works As A Biz Booster

Okay, stand there for a minute and think about how much you don't get done because you feel draggy. Think about those days you feel like your head is stuffed with wads of cotton.

How many days do itchy, irritated eyes and headaches slow you down as you hit the late afternoon?

Water can wash away all these productivity-busters.

It's less expensive than coffee and has a hundred times the get-up-and-go power when applied regularly.

(In fact coffee actually robs your body of water since it acts as a diuretic, stimulating your body to release water. Notice how you often need to go pee after drinking caffeine?)

Water is the simplest miracle cure you'll ever experience.

More energy. Fewer headaches. Reduces snack attacks. And even smoothes out a few wrinkles and complexion problems. Pretty good stuff!

But it gets better . . .

A few years ago I wrote an article for Health Magazine that uncovered the problems with the flu vaccine.

For this article, I interviewed several health experts in order to suggest alternative ways to take on flu season and win.

Two of them - nationally-recognized respiratory health authority, Dr. Neil Schachter, author of The Good Doctor's Guide To Cold And Flu; and Dr. Randy Horowitz, medical director of the University of Arizona's Integrative Medicine Program - both told me the same thing:

Drink more water.

As I mentioned before, it's the main form of transportation for your immune system cells. But just as essential for your defenses, it keeps your mucus membranes healthy.

Your mucus membranes are your body's first defense against microbes with bad intentions. When your mucus membranes are healthy they can stop a virus invasion before it even gets started.

Think about how many days you lose because your kids brought home another virus to share with you. Think about those miserable phone calls with clients when you just want to collapse. Think about the scramble to catch up.

By drinking more water, you can ward off colds and flus, welcoming in more productive days of working on your business.

And you'll be even more ahead of the game by applying the hydration technique I talk about here. Unfortunately, too many health experts advocate using a humidifier to put moisture in the air during cold season. What they're not accounting for is a humidifier moistens the whole house - not just your mucus membranes, inviting in mold which can make you even more vulnerable to infections that don't leave.

(I've been there and done that, much to my misery!)

Simply drink lots of water and skip the humidifier. As Dr. Horowitz told me during my interview with him, "It's best to put water where you need it – inside of you."

Get More Water And Get Fired Up

So now you can see that getting more water in your body each day will give you energy, cut down on snack distractions and even keep the flu at bay.

All of these things will not only make you feel better but make your business stronger.

But most importantly, you know how to turn this knowledge into one simple, effective action:

  • Don't take a glass of water to your desk. Drink it down right then and there when you fill it. And then take a second one to sip.
  • Do this at least every couple of hours. Do this before each meal. Do this before and after you do a big workout.

Just this simple action will give you a hydration foundation on which to build the healthiest home business ever.

And then you can jog over to Staples and get that Sodastream seltzer maker for additional thrills . . .


About the Author:

Sarah Clachar/Your Healthy Home Biz

Like this idea? Want to take it further and gain in energy and productivity? Get your free copy of "The Easy Way To Sneak Fitness Into Your Workday and Get More Done". You'll find this guide and many other ideas for freelancers on how to stay healthy while running your business at www.yourhealthyhomebiz.com. A specialist in natural health copywriting and author of "How To Write Irresistible Copy For Nutritional Supplements", Sarah Clachar writes for both B2B and B2C companies. For more information about her copywriting services, please visit www.healthymarketingideas.com. When she's not churning out copy, Sarah can be found working on her small farm or charging down mountain bike trails around northern New England with her husband and two children.


  • Amen! I attribute my healthy skin and hair to the amount of water I drink. I've also noticed that if I'm not drinking enough water, my eyelashes and eyebrows become brittle, and I may even lose a couple since they are so dry! Drink your eight glasses a day!

  • I drink tons of water and when I forget or get caught up drinking too much hot tea on cold days I can feel the difference. My solution on those afternoons when I haven't had enough to drink and I'm getting bleary eyed? A full glass of water followed by a 30 minute power nap. And the time taken out for the nap is always worth it in terms of productivity. 

    • Anonymous

      I'm a huge believer of power naps! Don't take them as often as I should, but took a bunch of them when our baby was borne and I wasn't getting enough sleep at night. They work!

  • Clara Mathews

    I will try it. I am experimenting with the Pomodoro Method of time management, which requires you to work for 25 minutes on one thing, then take a 5 minute break. I will incorporate a 'water break'.

  • I always sip water, never drinking it right down until late at night when I discover how thirsty I am.  I will start now to really drink it during the day so as not to be so thirsty before bed.

    • Kathi

      I find the best time to drink down a large glass of water is first thing in the morning.  It rehydrates your body and flushes out any toxins that may have settled in overnight.  After 20-32 ounces of water, I am ready for my first cup of tea.

  • Jennifer Nice

    Thanks for the tip! I, too, always have a glass or bottle of water with me that I sip throughout the day. But I'm going to try drinking the whole glass in one sitting to get more energized!

  • Kayzee

    Wow! Thanks for the reminder. I know I should drink less tea and more water, but I seldom seem to manage it. I stopped in the middle of reading this article and drank down a tall glass of water. Maybe this should be my New Year's resolution.

  • Over the past three months, I have been more conscious about drinking more water, stepping away from the desk, keeping water at my desk, but still not as consistent in my efforts as I would like.  Thanks for giving me even more reasons to be mindful and diligent on this front!

  • Beth Gersh-Nesic

    I have a pitcher of water on the kitchen counter, right next to the sink, to remind everyone to take a glass.  We all prefer room-temperature water now.  I like the idea of getting up to clear my head by heading for the water and staying there to drink it. That's an interesting new twist. Thank you for this great way to start the new year right.  Happy New Year to everyone.

  • Becky - great suggestions! My husband weaned himself off of soda with seltzer dilutions until he didn't need the seltzer anymore. And what a great visual reminder to have the water right there at your desk. Although I also use getting a glass of water as a reason to take a break and take a little walk down the hall.

    Gary, good point on the temperature. Cold water can be refreshing when you're battling the heat but it can also be a shock to the body. In the winter, staying warm can make a huge difference in your ability to fight off colds (proven science thanks to researchers in Wales). The calories your body burns trying to warm up after a cold glass my be better used to keeping your immune system working top notch. For this reason, I also advocate room temp. or hot water in the winter especially.

  • While we're at it, we should also note that water is the best thing to drink with meals, an aid to digestion instead of something else the body has to break down.  However, oily or greasy foods (if you must consume them at all) ought not to be consumed with very cold water as the cold can coagulate the oils along the digestive tract.  Hot organic tea can be a good companion to many foods; with a little practice even a cup of plain hot water can actually be quite palatable with lunch or dinner.

  • Becky Blanton

    I do this and it's true! It helps! I also keep a 2.5 gallon container of distilled water at my desk—like a small water cooler. I drink 8 oz an hour or more and it's easier to keep turning around to refill my glass as I work. I also use bottled water that I keep iced, and orange flavored seltzer water (no additives, no sugar, no aspartame) for the times I crave soda. Distilled water rocks—and has its own benefits. Great post!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Becky! I like that idea, because even though my kitchen is not far from my office, I find myself putting off the trip throughout the day. Having the water within arm's reach takes care of that! Happy New Year!

      • alex

        I have my oficce just above  my family Restaurant "Shangri-la", so, coffe, water, soup, chezz burges, and plenty more stuff  (mexican food by the way)have to be more calculated, and dicriminated by me.

        My secret? just close the door!!!