I’m sure many of you have seen the article floating around social media about the woman in the UK who drank 3 liters of water a day for one month. For us non-metric folk, that’s approximately 101 ounces. She took a before picture and an after picture and documented how she was feeling. The changes she reports are remarkable. And the before and after pictures are startling. She felt better, less headaches, better skin quality, and lost a bit of weight all by just increasing her water intake.
Confession: I do not drink near enough water. My fluid consumption revolves mainly around 2 cups of coffee in the morning, a couple of cans of sparkling water, possibly an iced tea and maybe one more cup of coffee in the afternoon. On a good day I’m getting 60 to 70 ounces of fluid. While that’s not entirely terrible, I can do much better. The old rule of thumb was to drink 8 glasses (8 oz) of water a day = 64 oz. A lot of athletic trainers suggest a lot more – 100 to 128 (one gallon) ounces a day. If you scour the internet you can find recommendations anywhere from 60 ounces to one gallon. Recommended water consumption depends on several factors: temperature, physical exertion level, overall health, and weight. Some references also suggest going by urine color. A properly hydrated body should produce urine that is pale to light yellow.
Bottom line for me though is I feel like I don’t drink enough. My skin is dry. I’m fatigued often (could be newborn mom syndrome too, but it’s worth a try). I have massive luggage under my eyes. So, I’m taking the 30 day challenge. I intend to consume 128 ounces of fluid a day for the next month. I took a before picture yesterday sans all makeup (EEK!) and began drinking one gallon of water. I chugged and drank and chugged and drank my 128 ounces yesterday and I plan to continue for the next 30 days. The bathroom and I are getting very well acquainted. I’ll post a weekly update on how I’m feeling and any changes I notice. Stay tuned!!