How fitting I should discover this tip in the RealAge Tips of the Week on the same day that I finish writing the section on Poseidon in my dissertation (and his rivalry with the goddess Athene):
It quenches your thirst, it’s practically free, and it gives you energy to boot. What’s this magical energy drink? It’s water.
I first discovered the energy-boosting properties of water when I worked in D.C. Finding myself slowing down in the afternoon, I would grab a cup of coffee, but that wouldn’t work. Not sure when I discovered that drinking a glass of water served as the necessary pickup.
I stopped drinking coffee in the afternoon and reached instead for a glass of water. A new study confirms what I observed, showing “that slight dehydration can send your energy into a nosedive.”
Even today, when I’m feeling lethargic, I find a few gulps of water often do the trick. Indeed, whenever I’m driving long distances and find myself thinking of nodding off, I stop and get some water (which often creates other problems down the road, but it does increase my alertness).
Guess Poseidon really does represent our instinctual energies–as I wrote in my dissertation.