“I DRANK A GALLON WATER EVERYDAY – HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED”

Category : Food | Written by : Iris Pohl

Do you want glowing skin, more energy, lose weight and a better mood? THIS simple habit could be the solution to all your health and beauty problems. 

Need a beauty boost? Believe it or not, drinking more water can be the answer to your biggest health problems. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize how important water really is. The human body is made up of more than 60-70% water. We can go for more than three weeks without food (Mahatma Gandhi survived 21 days of complete starvation), but water is a different story.

Research shows that as little as 1% dehydration negatively affects your mood, attention, memory and motor coordination. The problem is: When you simply feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. So always drink in advance.

 

  • How much should you drink?

That depends on body weight, height and activity level.

I drank ONE GALLON (16 CUPS) of water every day for a month, which sounds a lot but after a few days I noticed amazing differences in my life.

This is what happened:

 

My mood improved

Dehydration can affect your mood and make you feel depressed, nervous, angry, grumpy and confused. Drinking more water helped me to be more focused and concentrated.

 

More energy

The first sign of dehydration is the feeling of tiredness. When the body begins to dehydrate, it means the tissues and cells are not getting enough water to make a person feel like doing anything. Enzymatic activity slows down and without water the enzymes are unable to produce energy.

 

I lost weight

Sometimes we think we are hungry, when we actually are only thirsty. Our body only starts turning on all the alarms when we ignore it. For those of you trying to lose some weight: staying hydrated can serve as an appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.

 

Glowing skin

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the appearance and health of your skin by keeping it building new cells properly.

 

No more puffiness

Dark circles, puffiness and under-eye bags are commonly caused by the retention of water. Whether it’s from a short night, drinking alcohol, an unhealthy lifestyle or salty food. Drinking more water will help flush out the waste from your system, which will reduce the puffiness and make you look younger and fresher.

 

You prevent premature aging

A proper hydration plumps skin, fills in fine lines and wrinkles, and brightens up a dull complexion. If you want to stop premature aging and fight wrinkles, drinking enough water is key.

 

I had less joint pain

Water acts as a lubricant for your joints and muscles. It helps you maintain an adequate blood volume so that nutrients can move through your blood and into your joints. If you think of your joints like a sponge, imagine how much more easily two wet sponges can move against one another than two dry, hard sponges. Water also allows waste products to move out of the joints faster.

 

Detoxification

Toxins are flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don’t drink water, we don’t flush out toxins and it collects in our body.

 

My digestion improved

Drinking a big glass of water right before a meal is also a great way to improve your digestion. It prepares your gastrointestinal tract for the food to come and enhances gastric secretions for proper nutrient breakdown. The combination of high-fiber foods and water will increase the efficiency of your digestion.

 

I felt less hungry

In a study with 45 adults it was found that those who drank two eight-ounce glasses of water before each meal consumed 75-90 fewer calories during the meal. Over the course of three months, people on a diet who drank water lost an average of 5 pounds more than those who did not. This also applied to me. I felt less hungry when I drank one glass of water before every snack or meal.

 

I felt more focused and concentrated

Scientists at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London found, that the brains of dehydrated teens had shrunk away from their skulls. When they were asked to play a problem solving game, they performed less good as hydrated teens and used more of their brains to do so. Drinking water restores the brain to its normal size (actually the brain contains 90% water!!).

 

No more headaches

In most cases headaches are caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate migraines. Next time you have a headache, first drink water before you take a painkiller.

 

My workouts improved

Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance. Water helps to transport nutrients and oxygen throughout your body, so you’ll have more energy during your workout. Plus, your muscles will recover faster, because our muscle tissue contains 75% water. Make sure to drink frequently two hours before your workout, every 20 minutes during and directly after your workout to keep your body hydrated.

 

Quick tips:

  • Always carry a bottle of water with you.
  • You also can get water from food, not just from beverages. Eat water-rich foods like raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid sodas and caffeinated beverages, because your body needs more water to metabolize it.

 

Do you also notice changes in your body when you drink more water? Leave a comment below!

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Author:

Iris Pohl

Fitness & Nutrition Expert | Licensed Sports Nutritionist | Certified Sports Journalist | TV Presenter

Iris loves encouraging others reaching their fitness goals and starting an active, healthy lifestyle. Her mission is to help women of all ages create a healthier, sexier, stronger, body and mind.


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