A Glass of Water

Finding something to write about is never easy for me. I get one idea and then another. But, when I actually sit down to write, the ideas no longer seem terribly interesting. So I was pleasantly surprised a few weeks ago when I saw Fareed Zakaria on CNN. The program was interesting and when I sat down to write I had lots of ideas.

Fareed’s program is called the Global Public Square. It comes on every Sunday morning and repeats in the afternoon. I like it because Fareed doesn’t invite on his show the usual talking heads who don’t seem very knowledgeable about what they are discussing. Instead, he invites people who are considered experts in their fields or are high up in government or the head of the country under discussion.

On September 7, this year, he had a very interesting program, part of which was about the brain and water. His guest was Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent.

Sanjay was saying how, when he first got up in the morning, and while he was dressing, he drank eight to sixteen ounces of water. He does this every day and has been doing it for awhile. He is very pleased with the result: He’s fully awake, energized and focused by the time he leaves for work.

Our brains are 75% water. We sleep all night, hopefully for six, seven or eight hours. During that time we don’t have anything to drink. When we wake up in the morning, we need to hydrate our brain as soon as possible. If we don’t give it water first thing in the morning, it’s impossible to catch up during the day.

I’ve read a number of articles that essentially say: What you don’t use, you lose and that’s certainly true of your brain.

Everyone I know wants to keep their brain as sharp as possible. They don’t want to slow down and lose their “edge”.

Drinking a glass or two of water first thing in the morning sounded to me like an easy thing to do and it certainly was safe. So I decided to experiment. Starting on September 8th, that Monday, I began drinking a glass or more of water each morning while I was getting dressed. And I’m still doing it.

I’ve found that by the time I come into breakfast, I’m more awake, alert, and focused. I don’t have that sleepy “trying to wake up” feeling I used to have. I feel energized. I can’t wait to get started with my day. Best of all, with this water start, I keep my energy longer and seem to have more throughout the day.

So, if you’re looking to give yourself an extra boost in the morning, drink a glass or two of water first thing. You’ll thank yourself all day!


If you’d like to see Gupta’s interview in its entirety and the portion that inspired me to write this blog, follow this link: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2014/09/10/why-sugar-is-worse-than-fat/


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    • Kelly Bixby on November 20, 2014 at 11:23 am
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    In our culture, it’s so easy to take water for granted. In some impoverished countries, like Uganda, I heard just a couple years ago, of a child who spent six hours a day in retrieving water for her family’s needs. And that wasn’t the crystal clear water we get from our taps. Claire, thanks for reminding me how fortunate we are.

      • Claire Murray on November 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm
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      Thanks, Kelly.

  1. interesting. I’ll have to try it, My brain needs all the help it can get.

      • Claire Murray on October 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm
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    • Book Lover on October 21, 2014 at 4:03 pm
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    Claire, sometimes we must be reminded of the importance of a simple glass of water. I’ll follow your lead of drinking water first thing in the morning and watch for improvement in my functionality.

      • Claire Murray on November 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm
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      So now I’m curious… Has it made any difference?

        • Book Lover on February 1, 2015 at 10:06 pm
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        Yes, definitely.

          • Claire Murray on February 2, 2015 at 10:49 am
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          I’m glad. I’ve noticed a positive difference also so I’m going to stay with it.

      • Claire Murray on February 2, 2015 at 10:48 am
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      Thanks! Have you noticed any yet?

    • Claire Murray on October 21, 2014 at 3:34 pm
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    You’re welcome! Thanks for reading.

    • Yibbity on October 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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    Thanks for the reminder.

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