I have been drinking at least eight glasses of water a day for the past month. It has become a second job, an obsession of sorts. It takes a lot of determination, thought and energy to actually accomplish this task every single day, but I am committed.
I had always heard that drinking water was a good idea, but it seemed like an intuitive notion that would be good to do tomorrow. Then I got a spot of benign skin cancer removed. It was a scary diagnosis (though I admit hardly anything in comparison to what many people go through). I asked my my dermatologist what he recommended besides the whole sun block schpeel. I was hoping for a classified medicinal, scientific secret. He simply responded,”Drink a lot of water. I drink a lot of water.” I was a little dumbfounded, yoga, fasting, meditation and sixteen years of organic vegetarianism hadn’t protected me from cancer. Drinking water seems so much simpler, obvious, maybe even trite. I didn’t realize until I the diagnosis, that the pursuit of many of my actions has been out of fear of disease and in an attempt to protect my body from the unknown.
I felt like I had tried “everything else”, so I committed to drinking eight to nine glasses a day. In the beginning, I had an App on my iPhone that helped me keep track. Now I “do water” before I do anything else- two glasses in the morning, a glass before a cup of tea, a glass before a meal, a glass before coffee. If I am hungry = water time. If I am tired = water. I don’t need coffee, the way I used to need it. And rather than taking time every few months to detox with herbs and special yoga poses, I don’t feel clogged up or congested in a way to need that, I just keep drinking water. I think I might be addicted. But I also think I am ok with that because it is easy, feels really good (and yes, my skin is more clear and have more energy) and I am so grateful I live in a place where I can drink out of the tap.