Why Do We Go For Advil Before The Water?

Happy Day!

This is it…one more day to figure out things and put perspective into place before we ring in the New Year!


The family is down in sunny Florida trying to catch some rays, absorb ocean salt water, have some laughs, enjoy down time and savor the occasional delicious meal with a vintage glass or two of vino.

All this activity has me distracted from my routine, which has much to do with hydration. Put yourself in this lovely environment without consistent water drinking and you start to feel discomfort. So today, after three days of diminished water intake and wine here and there, my head was feeling like a brick.


My old instinct to solve a headache was to grab a couple Advil and proceed with caution. However, a conversation with my niece last night about my last four months without one med or aspirin, reinforced my decision to follow that protocol, and get back to WATER!!!


This lesson reinforces that now is the time to get on track with the basics for 2018. The first and easiest step to achieving sounder sleep, clearer skin, a fitter body, more productive digestion and more energy is to drink about a gallon of purified water every day!


Nutrition Bulletin conducted research on the importance of water, here are the findings:

The essentiality of water for life is beyond doubt. It is the main constituent of the human body, accounting for about 60% of body weight in adult males, 50–55% in adult females and up to 75% in newborn infants. Prevention of dehydration is critical to survival and water balance is regulated by sensitive and precise homeostatic mechanisms that control both water intake and losses. These mechanisms are activated by deficits or excesses of just a few hundred millilitres and the body will correct even small losses of around 1% of body water within 24 hours (Jéquier & Constant 2010).

Dehydration affects health, wellbeing and performance, as well as contributing to morbidity in several chronic disease processes. Fluid losses of between 1% and 4% lead to progressive reductions in athletic performance, thermoregulation and appetite (Grandjean et al. 2003). Cognitive function and motor control can also be impaired, especially when dehydration is induced by exercise in hot conditions (Cian et al. 2000, 2001). Dehydration can impair short-term memory, visual perception and psychomotor ability, as well as altering mood and inducing fatigue, confusion and anger (Gopinathan et al. 1988; Cian et al. 2000, 2001; Shirreffs et al. 2004; D’Anci et al. 2009).

Greater water deficits are associated with more severe deterioration in performance and difficulty concentrating, headaches, irritability and sleepiness, and increases in body temperature and respiratory rates (Popkin et al. 2010). Delirium may develop in the elderly and very ill (Voyer et al. 2009). There are also effects on kidney function and the cardiovascular system (Manz & Wentz 2005). Death may ensue with losses in excess of 8% (Byard & Riches 2005).

Adequate water intake is a fundamental part of a balanced diet and in addition to its importance for physical performance and mental function, there is evidence that proper hydration status is associated with a number of health benefits.


Aside from the overwhelming evidence that proper amounts of daily water drinking are crucial to living a healthy life, common sense dictates that one feels much better after drinking water. So, hydration is the simplest and quickest habit to begin for a healthy and prosperous year.

Kiki’s Kefi Plan:

1-Drink a gallon of purified ionized water every day.

2-Breakdown the gallon by drinking 8 ounces of water (I add one freshly squeezed lemon to that glass) first thing every morning

3-Throughout the day drink the water through a straw, it’s easier to consume this way.

4-In the late afternoon add Apple Cider Vinegar to my water for flavor and to increase metabolism.

5- Drink from 2 marked bottles; dump this pre- measured water into my convenient YETI container, which has a straw. This practice will assure me that I get my required amount in instead of guessing.

6- Drink my water knowing that it’s keeping me healthy and living optimally.

How does all this sound to you?

I’d love for you to join me on this Hydration Habit…email me if you care to drink more water and let me know if you feel better in mere days!!!

Happy New Year…



Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]