A Mental Hack to Drink More Water
You know, I gotta be honest. Sometimes having to drink water can be a real pain.
It’s one of those things that you know you have to do, even if you don’t really want to. And everybody knows they need to drink more water.
So let me share with you a mental hack that might just inspire you to enjoy drinking water.
Instead of looking at drinking water like it’s a chore, instead see it for what it really is: a magical and replenishing experience.
Water is the elixir of life.
Yeah I know that probably sounds lame. But you really have no idea how incredibly vast a simple glass of water can be. It’s mind-blowing when you take a few moments to understand what water really is.
You might know it as H2O, which is the molecular compound that creates one unit of water. It happens when two hydrogen atoms fuse to an oxygen atom.
Even though H2O is one of the simplest, smallest, and lightest molecules on the planet, the covalent bond that holds the atoms together is extremely strong. Even when water is boiling, the atoms remain bonded. The water vapor that you see is simply airborne H2O molecules that have been liberated by the high heat. But each molecule stays intact.
Why Water is So Good for You
In a nutshell, the reason why water is so good for the human body is because you’re made mostly of it.
Water is the medium through which all of the chemical reactions (hundreds of trillions per second) occur in the human body.
Your body needs water to flush out toxins that are water soluble. Your body has mechanisms to convert anything not water soluble, like oils, into water so that your body can carry toxins out of your body via your sweat glands and pee.
The Incredible Thing About Just ONE Drop of Water
Probably the earliest and most formative experience in my life happened when I was just nine years old.
My dad and I were up before sunrise, drinking coffee on the front porch together.
Suddenly something caught my dad’s attention as he began to set his coffee down on the ground beside him.
He got down on his knees and stared closely at the porch railing.
“Whoa, c’mere…look at this.” he said.
As I got closer to the railing, my dad pointed to a single droplet of water. I remember noticing how beautiful it was. And together we marveled at its perfection.
My dad told me that inside of that one droplet were billions and billions of molecules. When I heard this, it sounded like fantasy. I was sure that he must have been exaggerating.
And as it turns out, my dad was wrong.
But before I reveal to you the number of molecules in a single drop of water, why don’t you take a guess?
Go on, throw a number out there.
10 thousand? 50 million? a trillion?
What’s your best guess?
Actually, there are more than just “billions” of molecules in a water droplet.
In fact, there are more than hundreds of trillions of molecules in one droplet of water.
In order to even have a chance at conceptualizing such a vast number, we have to start small. Let’s do some practice with orders of magnitude:
First, I want you to imagine Harry Potter smoking a cigarette. That’s one.
Now imagine Harry walking nine tiny dogs. That’s 10.
If you’re having trouble imagining it, here’s a visual aid:
Let’s say nine other people were all out walking nine tiny dogs in some sort of crazy coincidental canine conspiracy.
I think we’re gonna have to speed this up a bit…bring in the commas!
1,000 – one thousand
10,000 – ten thousand
100,000 – one hundred thousand
1,000,000 – one million
10,000,000 – ten million
100,000,000 – one hundred million
1,000,000,000 – one billion
10,000,000,000 – ten billion (my dad’s estimation)
100,000,000,000 – one hundred billion
1,000,000,000,000 – one trillion
10,000,000,000,000 – ten trillion
100,000,000,000,000 – one hundred trillion (still not there yet…)
1,000,000,000,000,000 – one quadrillion
10,000,000,000,000,000 – ten quadrillion
100,000,000,000,000,000 – one hundred quadrillion
1,000,000,000,000,000,000 – one quintillion
10,000,000,000,000,000,000 – ten quintillion
100,000,000,000,000,000,000 – one hundred quintillion
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 – one sextillion
Okay. We did it. We’ve reached the order of magnitude for the number of molecules in a droplet of water…one sextilltion. That’s a ‘1’ followed by 21 zeroes.
Now double it.
That’s it…about 1.7 sextillion molecules, or 1.7 x 10^21 for the fans of scientific notation in the audience.
This means that the rather large water droplet my dad and I stared at during that fateful morning must have had ten, or even a hundred, sextillion water molecules.
Pretty incredible, right?
And that’s just ONE drop.
Remember that the next time you drink a glass of water.
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