By Yako and Krystal

March 16, 2015, 9:38 am

 

imageEvery morning I drink one liter (36 ounces) of water right after I get up. That’s harder than it seems. It’s about 6 glasses. After the third I feel like I want to throw up, but I’m halfway there and I keep pushing through until done. Why would I do this? … I read it somewhere on Facebook.

It was just a posting with a link to some obscure website, stating that, if you 1) drink 36 ounces of water every morning, then 2) nothing for 45 minutes, then 3) eat and drink as you would normally do for a breakfast, and then 4) absolutely no drinking or eating for two hours, you will 5) have more energy and prevent all types of disease, from the common cold, to diabetes, and even cancer. Well that last part triggered some suspicion as to the validity of this treatment.

But I’m still doing it! Although I limit myself to step 1. That should at least prevent me from getting the flu, won’t you agree? And it actually helps (I think). Not exactly with averting illness altogether. Because, while writing this column, I happen to be sick at home, despite my self inflicted water boarding efforts. But I do have more vitality lately, which makes sense to me.

Water, as we all know, is purifying and it detoxifies. So drinking a lot of it should be good right? I think the general advice is to drink two liters of water every day, in addition to what you would normally drink as far as coffee tea, juice, etc. With my morning ritual I’m halfway there and before I leave home to go to work, I have already gone to the restroom a number of times.

For both numbers if you know what I mean. And I feel cleansed. I feel more alive throughout the day, which in turn makes me less grouchy and with more resilience regarding the setbacks and hurdles that I go through on a daily basis.

I also receive more compliments on my appearance. I love that, because I’m a little bit vain and at the same time I’m sometimes insecure about my looks, especially now that I get older. So if I hear you say: “You look so good lately!” you’ve found yourself a new best friend.

I attribute all these great benefits to drinking water, but I also started going back to the gym — about twice a week now, after 2 years of inactivity in this area. This amazing turnaround in feeling better could admittedly also be the result of my workouts.

But who cares. Drinking water is healthy, going to the gym is healthy, so I’m not planning to stop either to test it out.

Yako


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About The Author

Yako: Born on a farm in The Netherlands, Europe, I was always on quest for adventure. As a small boy, I was already interested in learning about other cultures and pretended I was fluent in American (I later learned that Americans speak English). At the age of 23, I traveled to South Africa where I lived for seven months to finalize my thesis for my master's in Business Administration. After that, I worked for eight years for a bank in Amsterdam, but I became restless and decided to quit my job and make the big leap across the ocean to New York. Studying arts and culture management at Pratt Institute helped me eradicate some of the prejudices I had of Americans. I never thought I would stay this long. But now eight years later, I'm still here. I live in Central Brooklyn and work for Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation with great satisfaction. So far, my life feels as if I’m on one big adventure. | Krystal: As a native of Michigan, I moved to New York with a limited perspective of the depth and importance of social differences. Having a passion for creativity, I accepted the various ideas behind expression and equality that poured out from this beautiful, diverse place called Brooklyn. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 2006 with a degree in Communications Design and barely surviving the effects of forced independence, I started an open relationship with the nonprofit world and began to willingly become my own person. Since then, I have been employed and freelance as a graphic designer, with tons of exposure to the things that fascinated me as a child. Living in two culturally different environments has granted me a faceted understanding of social norms and injustices that I feel compelled to speak on. Though visual art and design have been my concentrations since grade school, writing and sharing thoughts socially has been my core calling. In keeping my promise to my parents, I have finally decided to write for social impact. Standing up for my truth while seeking and discovering the truths of others is the way in which I've chosen to take that on. So far, I've discovered that the most direct route to societal improvements begins with the coupling of self-awareness and humility.

Yako: Born on a farm in The Netherlands, Europe, I was always on quest for adventure. As a small boy, I was already interested in learning about other cultures and pretended I was fluent in American (I later learned that Americans speak English). At the age of 23, I traveled to South Africa where I lived for seven months to finalize my thesis for my master's in Business Administration. After that, I worked for eight years for a bank in Amsterdam, but I became restless and decided to quit my job and make the big leap across the ocean to New York. Studying arts and culture management at Pratt Institute helped me eradicate some of the prejudices I had of Americans. I never thought I would stay this long. But now eight years later, I'm still here. I live in Central Brooklyn and work for Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation with great satisfaction. So far, my life feels as if I’m on one big adventure. | Krystal: As a native of Michigan, I moved to New York with a limited perspective of the depth and importance of social differences. Having a passion for creativity, I accepted the various ideas behind expression and equality that poured out from this beautiful, diverse place called Brooklyn. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 2006 with a degree in Communications Design and barely surviving the effects of forced independence, I started an open relationship with the nonprofit world and began to willingly become my own person. Since then, I have been employed and freelance as a graphic designer, with tons of exposure to the things that fascinated me as a child. Living in two culturally different environments has granted me a faceted understanding of social norms and injustices that I feel compelled to speak on. Though visual art and design have been my concentrations since grade school, writing and sharing thoughts socially has been my core calling. In keeping my promise to my parents, I have finally decided to write for social impact. Standing up for my truth while seeking and discovering the truths of others is the way in which I've chosen to take that on. So far, I've discovered that the most direct route to societal improvements begins with the coupling of self-awareness and humility.

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