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Watering Down the Afternoon Blahs
Written by Dani Dufrene

We all are so busy these days. Some of us are starting our own businesses, some tackling school and full time jobs and others juggling careers and families. Busy, busy, busy. I am sure that I am not alone in suffering from the afternoon blahs. You know what I am talking about. The clock strikes 3 or 4 p.m. and you are ready to pack it in and call it a day. What to do? Ideally we would get 8 or more hours of sleep each night and have the liberty to take a 15-20 minute power nap whenever fatigue hits, but this is not reality for most of us. So many of us resort to the same solution…coffee. In my case it is a quad tall cappuccino. It is not only cost prohibitive it may not be the best strategy.

So what is the best solution for warding off the afternoon blahs? Drink water.  Lack of water is considered to be the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. Next to oxygen, water is the most important thing to keeping your body functioning properly. Water provides many vital functions in the body including: regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients throughout the body, improving digestion and eliminating waste and toxins. Seems simple right? If water is so essential to our well-being why do so many of us reach for coffee, soda or alcohol? Research shows that Americans consume a daily average of 5.9 servings of caffeine and alcohol, about 33 percent of our daily liquid intake.

Coffee is one of my great loves in life. So the thought of opting for water in place of my afternoon cappuccino is disturbing to say the least. But last week I tested this theory. When the bewitching hour struck I fought the urge to mosey down to Starbucks and instead filled up my water bottle and sipped away. I have to say it really did make a difference. After an hour or so I felt more alert, I didn’t suffer the oh so familiar “coffee belly” and was $4 richer (not saying much until you actually do the math). So give it a try. The next time you get hit with the afternoon blahs skip the coffee and reach for the water. You and your bank account are sure to notice a difference.