Good Morning, Instapundit Readers! Have a spooky and well-watered Halloween.
Drink more water. I know this. I forgot this. I am now nursing a cracked thumb.
On average I need at least 100 ounces of water and other non-sweet, non-milk liquids a day. I live in a dry climate, and I happen to be “wetter” than a lot of people. I am not diabetic or pre-diabetic. I just need a lot of water to be happy.
Last week I ran low.
As a result, my skin got dry and my thumb split*, plus a few other minor things. I had been at Day Job more than usual, and on a schedule that precluded refilling water bottles or “draining the crankcase.” So I didn’t drink as much. Plus I was busy, and I was going to make up for it when I got home. Except then I’d start working on the computer and forget to drink. Or I’d do chores, or work in the yard, and forget to drink. And then it was bedtime.
Don’t do that.
For those of us who are moving from “summer” to “run heater occasionally,” it can be hard to remember that we lose water as fast in cooler weather. However, at least around here, autumn is often crisp and dry as well as chilly. You know, good weather for making jerky in the back-yard. Alma-jerky is not as desirable. Then the heater starts getting used more, and that dries out the air indoors, while the dew-point/frost-point drops outdoors. And so we get dry without thinking about it, because we are not sweating.
Drink water, diet stuff, water and juice (more water than juice), whatever you like. Just stay hydrated at whatever level is best for you. Or you too will be slathering your skin with thick lotion or cream every hour.
Drink. Drink happily. My friends, do not – no matter what the commercial says – stay thirsty.
*This is like a self-induced papercut minus the paper. It stings just as much and takes longer to heal.