Rest and Hydration: The Great 8s

Success requires rules and a plan. If you’re struggling out there, you’re probably breaking the rules and trying to wing it. Most of the information flying around today regarding how to get from here to there in life doesn’t cover the basics because it’s boring and not new. I believe that the self-imposed pressures of the modern world steer us away from the basic rules of life. One of those rules is rest and hydration. I call this combination the 8 & 8. I’ve see people follow these simple laws of nature and get their lives back. I’m telling you that if you get eight hours of sleep at night and drink eight ounces of water eight times a day, some of your problems will disappear and your life will improve.

Our bodies are 72% water, give or take, and this water circulates nutrients and hormones, distributes heat, and provides the medium in which chemical reactions take place. Most importantly, water flushes out the toxic substances and waste materials via the kidneys. It’s how our basic balance of body chemistry is maintained. Proper hydration plays a huge role in the prevention of disease. Drinking eight glasses of water daily can decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and can potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Eight hours of sleep every night restores the powers of the mind, body, and spirit. Proper rest combined with healthy food and supplementation is the best way to improve the immune system, restore cognitive and motor performance, and replenish your energy and enthusiasm for the day ahead. Countless studies have shown that people suffering from irritability, sadness, depression, and anxiety no longer needed medication for these aliments after discovering that proper sleep was the key ingredient to stabilize brain chemistry and improve cognitive performance.

Do yourself a big favor and try this experiment for one week. Hit the hay eight hours before the alarm goes off and drink water (nothing else) eight times in a day. Eight ounces is a small glass, so spread them out throughout the day. Don’t try to drink large amounts all at once because you’ll lose out on the benefits and stress out the kidneys. Follow this simple 8 & 8 plan every day and you’ll find that life will get a little easier, a little less stressful, and a lot more productive. It also contributes to weight loss and better health.

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