The benefits of drinking water are endless but why is it that it’s one of the hardest things to do on a daily basis for most people. Often times you believe you are consuming enough water but just like tracking your calories, it’s shocking to realize how completely off you are. Before I get it into how I did on this water challenge where I drank 1 gallon a day, I want to briefly mention a disclaimer. Although drinking a lot of water can be very beneficial, if it is overdone it can lead to water intoxication. The excess water consumed dilutes the sodium levels which then causes fluids to move inside the cell and swell. If you want to make sure that drinking a gallon (3.8 liters) of water is okay for you, you can consult your doctor or measure it by your weight and daily activity. A gallon for me is more than my body needs but not by much. I try to be fairly active and sometimes add salt to my water if I fear that I lack enough sodium that day.
Day 1: 130oz
Day 2: 126 oz
Day 3: 128 oz
Day 4: 96 oz
Day 5: 92 oz
Day 6: 80 oz
Day 7: 80 oz
Above is the amount of water I drank each day of the challenge. The main goal of this challenge was to drink 1 gallon of water throughout the say which was successfully accomplished 2/7 days. Those 2 days are also the same days I spent longer at the gym. As the days went by, I noticed I became thirstier because I was drinking less than when I started. As much as I tried to reach this goal it was pretty difficult to constantly remind myself to drink water. When I was thirsty, I would either not have water available or too tired to drink it (at night). Even though I was not able to drink that gallon a day I still felt the difference when I did vs. when I didn’t.
I read this article when I was doing this challenge that basically backed up why water is essential for the overall well-being of an individual. It also mentioned how the “decrease in fluid consumption is predominantly due to a decrease in thirst”, which depends on the amount that is being consumed. For example, if you tend to drink more water your thirst signals are much stronger vs. someone who doesn’t. Water is not only known for hydration but primarily a key factor in all the process in your body. Without a sufficient amount of it, it lacks the ability to regulate your body to homeostasis. If you’re interested in learning more about how amazing water really is, click here.
I definitely still find my self not drinking enough water on the daily basis but what I found that worked for me was to flavor it with lemon. I drink the infused water through out the day and try to have water readily available so when I am thirsty, I wouldn’t just ignore it. This may not be the most interesting thing you’ll find on my blog, but it’s nice to have a friendly reminder to stay hydrated.
Thanks for stoping by and hope to see you next time!
Sincerely Hassinah ♥️