Every cell, tissue and organ in the body needs water to work properly. Water literally sustains life and keeps us going.
I'm sure you understand how big of a deal drinking enough water is. You have heard doctors insist on it, nutritionists swear by it, and many health and fitness fanatics have confessed how much drinking water changed their lives for the better.
To be honest, this makes those of us drinking maybe a glass of water in addition to a gallon of coffee, sodas, and fruit juices per day look bad.
Anyway, water is life. Yet, it's not easy getting excited about downing eight glasses of water a day.
However, when you reach for the second or third can of soda before noon, you know that there's a problem and that something has to change.
How Much Is Enough?
You don't need to do a lot of digging to realize that there is quite a bit of contention about the healthiest quantity of water to consume daily.
Recently, it has emerged that it's not certain just how much water we should be taking in a day to maintain a perfect state of health.
Some experts recommend taking 8 glasses of water a day, while others say that your thirst should be a pretty good guide on the quantity of water you need to consume every day.
Where does the truth lie?
This whole issue got me on a mission to find the truth. After all, there is no disputing that water plays a very important role in the body.
Benefits of hydration, which are incontestable, include healthier skin, healthier kidneys, more energy, and better overall health.
Even studies show that drinking about 8 to 10 cups of water a day can improve cognition by about 30%. Additionally, drinking enough water means you will age much better than your peers.
Heck, water is also a healer, and it can cure things like chronic headaches and chronic digestive challenges. In fact, drinking enough water improves your body's immunity and strengthens your heart.
Also, taking a glass of water an hour before sleeping can prevent a heart attack or even stroke, and drinking at least 5 glasses of the stuff can lower your risk of having a heart attack by 41%.
So, all things considered, this is a pretty great experiment. Drinking a few more glasses of water a day can't be too hard.
In any case, big celebrities like Jennifer Aniston swear by it.
However, I have to admit that I mostly chose a soda or a juice when thirsty. I get that water is healthier, but soda is so much tastier.
For this experiment, I was going to switch the juices and soda with just water.
Experts say that each of us needs different amounts of water a day depending on factors like health, climate, and activity level.
The basic rule is that we should take six to eight glasses of fluids a day, which adds up to about 48 to 64 ounces of water a day.
Since many disposable water bottles are about 16 ounces, that means you should take about 3 to 4 bottles of water every day.
Advantages Of Drinking Water
For some body functions to work properly, a certain amount of water is necessary for your body. As you know, most of your body is made up of water and practically every one of its major functions depends on this compound.
Water energizes the muscles, hydrates the skin, maintains normal bowel function, controls calories, and helps the kidneys.
In preparation for the experiment, I got a 32-ounce water bottle. I would need to consume two bottles of water to achieve my daily goal of 64 ounces.
I was going to down two bottles between 7 in the morning and 11 in the night. By 3 p.m., I would have to be done with the first bottle to get a refill.
The first day of this challenge made the entire undertaking seem difficult. This was the first time I was consuming this much water, and that took some effort.
The first problem was that after getting up, water was not the first thing I wanted to take.
After summoning an intense amount of willpower, I took a few gulps of water. Although that gave me some bit of relief from my coffee cravings, it was nowhere close to getting rid of it.
Suffice it to say, it was not my best morning.
A few hours later, I was nursing a coffee headache, and was wondering how I was going to make it through the week.
The only consolation on my second day of the experiment was that I knew this wouldn't be as easy as I thought. The good news is that I had struggled through two bottles of water the previous day and stuck to my goal.
Therefore, I was still on the right track.
Before heading to work, I drank quite a large amount of water from my bottle. It felt like a huge milestone, and I felt proud.
As soon as I got to work, I had to use the bathroom a couple of times within a few short hours. The good thing is that my water intake was going according to plan.
The caffeine headache was not as bad as it was the previous day.
To my surprise, I was actually a bit excited about starting the third day of my challenge. It felt like I was on to something, and I had what it takes to get this challenge done.
However, the temptation to grab some juice or soda was still pretty strong. I really missed the sweet goodness.
I tried to fight the temptation by gulping some water. It barely made a difference. I still felt like there was still room for at least half of a glass of orange juice.
It was only later in the afternoon that I realized I didn't struggle with my caffeine headache.
At this point, drinking two bottles of water a day seemed pretty normal. So, day four did not come with some of the struggles I had experienced in the last 3 days.
Drinking the water felt absolutely natural, and I wondered why it was such a struggle on the first day.
It was like I had finally accepted this lifestyle.
Although drinking a huge amount of water at this point was no longer an issue, I still had a craving for soda.
However, when my cravings for unhealthy drinks hit, I would sip on my water. At this point, this seemed to work better than it did before.
I also started feeling that the water I was taking was not enough. I was going through the bottles much faster, and by the end of the day, I felt I had room for a little more.
Who would have thought drinking more water could cause a craving for more water.
Day 6 felt perfectly normal, except that I felt like I should be drinking more water. Taking a sip off my bottle was always on my mind.
By the end of the day, I had finished my two bottles and was craving for more.
Day seven happened to be a little more hectic than the rest. I did not have many opportunities to drink the water, but the craving for it was overwhelming.
Whenever I had a chance, I drank it to my heart's content.
I was also peeing a lot, and finishing two bottles was a bliss.
What I Learnt After Drinking Nothing But Water For A Week
When the week ended, I was sort of glad because I could finally drink things like coffee and soda.
Still, I realized that my appetite for water had increased, while my desire for beverages like soda had gone down.
Drinking more water felt so much more natural.
I also remembered not struggling so much with fatigue throughout the week, which I can only attribute to the increased water intake.
You Can Drink Too Much Water
Although it might seem like you can't go wrong drinking more water, it is actually possible to drink too much water.
Fortunately, this rarely happens. The problem with taking too much water is that your kidneys struggle to get rid of it.
Drinking excess water causes hyponatremia, which is when the sodium levels in the blood get too low because the excess water in the blood has diluted it.
You also don't need to drink a certain amount of water every day unless you are highly active. Therefore, the average person doesn't have to worry too much about their water intake.
All I can say is if you think you should be drinking more water, go for it. It's healthy, and it will, in all likelihood, reduce your intake of unhealthy drinks.
It might be a little hard at first, but after a few days, taking more water is the easiest thing ever. Don't forget all the additional health benefits you will get from consuming more water than most people typically do.