8:26 AM Posted by Beth Reinke

Greetings from Indie Debut author Beth Bence Reinke. My first children’s book, In My Bath, comes out in fall 2010 from 4RV Publishing. I’m also a registered dietitian who writes about health and nutrition. Today I share a health-related article geared toward writers to help you take care of your body in a specific way. Here goes:


Being a writer can drive you to drink. No, not THAT kind of drink! I mean cool, refreshing water.

As writers, we spend hours a day sitting at our computers. While we’re “in the zone,” cranking out a first draft or concentrating on edits, it’s easy to forget to keep ourselves hydrated. Sometimes we even avoid having beverages around our computers to avoid spills.

You know that groggy, "I need a nap" feeling that sometimes hits in the afternoon? It could be a sign that you need to drink something. Everyone knows a dry, parched throat signals dehydration. But did you know that even mild thirst is a sign you're partly dehydrated. Yep. That's why it's a good idea to drink throughout the day, whether you're thirsty or not.

Water is an essential nutrient. It requires no digestion, just absorption. Just about every function that keeps us alive requires liquids. Blood transports oxygen that sustains us. Saliva and digestive enzymes break down our food. Water helps transport the nutrients from our digestive tracts to the cells that need them. The list goes on and on.

Our bodies are made up of one-half to three-quarters water. We lose water constantly – in the rest room, moisture we breathe out, evaporation off our skin, even tears. If we don’t replace fluid losses through food and drink, we'll become dehydrated. It’s hard to write when you’re dehydrated, because you may not think as clearly and may have a slight headache.

So what’s a writer to do? Have a glass of water first thing in the morning before you eat or get in the shower. It will be absorbed quickly and get your body processes off to a good start. To prevent that mid-afternoon slump, drink often throughout the morning - and the rest of the day, of course. Taking care of your hydration needs helps you be more alert which contributes to better writing.

Some days I get my water in by rewarding myself with a flavored drink. I tell myself, “If you drink two glasses of water, then you can have a bottle of vitamin water.” Weird, I know, but it works for me. Just remember to reach for your water bottle before you feel sluggish or thirsty. Your body, and your writing muse, will thank you.

© 2010 Beth Bence Reinke, MS, RD
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