The featured picture is of a guy named Fedup. He’s a very skilled farmer, and this post is about his very interesting point of view on hydration.
I was volunteering at the plantation house gardens in Grand Cayman on one hot Sunday morning. I’d been there since 7:00 in the morning, deeply involved in my task of planting several hundred seeds of kale in trays. It was initially relaxing, but when it approached 11:00 am and I still had several more trays to go, I was getting a little frustrated and looking forward to the end.
Fedup was also farming that morning. He barely talks to anyone, and to be honest, I found him to be a little intimidating and not very friendly. He was nearby working on something and he looked over at me in my state of frustration with the kale seeds, stopped what he was doing, walked over, looked me in the eye, and said, “Water makes the spirit move.” Then, he walked away.
That was when I realized that I hadn’t had a swig of water since 6:30 that morning. I took a break and walked over to the fridge and chugged a litre of water. After a deep breath, I walked back over to my seeding station. Immediately I felt more refreshed and less overwhelmed at the task at hand.
Hydration has been shown to:
- Boost your metabolism
- Alleviate constipation
- Reduce the chances of getting kidney stones
- Improve skin tone and reduce acne
Dehydration on the other hand can affect your mood, energy levels, ability to concentrate, and may even cause you to crave sweets. In my case I was irritable and couldn’t focus because I was dehydrated. Thanks to Fedup, the cells of my body were re-volumized and the signals to my Central Nervous System (CNS) were back to up to par.
Regardless of whether you are in the sun or in your office, a long period of time without drinking water can be detrimental to your “spirit”.
Stay hydrated my friends.