H2O

So, I thought I would do a little experiment for this post, since I enjoyed so much writing about my online shopping addiction, (which by the way hasn't gotten any better). Anyway, I have been thinking about my health recently and have been trying to think about the simple things that could make a difference. So, what is the one thing that your body needs the most? Water. The human body (correct me if I am wrong) is 60% water and I know that I do not drink enough water for my body to be functioning properly. And what if drinking more water in the day makes a huge difference to my life? I have seen so many blog posts where bloggers are recommending products for certain things, when sometimes all you need is some hydration. Let's go back to the basics.
So, I thought I am just going to make myself drink 2 liters a day and see what happens.

H2O, and I need to know how you feel about meeee..
I couldn't not quote that song in this post...

According to the NHS, the minimum of water that we should be drinking each day is 1.2 liters and I feel like that isn't much but there is no way I was drinking that much.
To make things easier for myself, I have two 500ml bottles that I am going to rotate in and out the fridge throughout the day, I think that's the easiest way to monitor it. I am aiming to drink at least four bottles a day.

So, stay tuned.

The first thing I noticed about this task was the amount of times I had to pee. It was a lot. I found myself going to and from the toilet many times in the day (does that count as exercise?). It's a little annoying but I guess that's the sort of thing that comes with it. Plus, it's not necessarily a bad thing, going for a wee flushes out your system a little.
Also, a little TMI here. I found my digestive system speeding up a lot. The water seemed to make my metabolism a lot quicker which again is beneficial to my health too.

A few days into my water detox. I came down with a little bit of the flu. A very sore throat and it wasn't pleasant. Two of my flatmates had also come down with it too. I found that although I felt like shit, drinking water helped me a lot and kept my energy up. The way that my flat mate was feeling to me was a lot worse and I think that keeping hydrated helped my recovery a lot.

In terms of how I feel. I found that I am less tired than normal. I have had the normal amount of sleep I normally do but I feel a lot more alive during the day and have found myself yawning less and being more active in myself. I feel hydrated and a lot healthier. Another thing, I am not as hungry as I used to be. I used to be hungry all the time, I always wanted food (which might be because I love food so much) but now I find myself snacking a lot less to the point where I am not eating between meals at all. Sometimes I can last from breakfast to dinner (which probably isn't good but for my student budget is helping out a lot). Perhaps the times where I thought I was hungry I actually only needed water. Interesting.

One huge benefit I noticed was alcohol. I am one of those annoying people who don't really suffer from hangovers (touch wood), I wake up very tired and hungry but that's all). After a night out, I ended up drinking one of my water bottles and found that I slept much better, when normally alcohol keeps me awake and in the morning I was fine, not hungry or tired. So if you suffer badly from hangovers, this might be the answer for you.

Speaking of sleep. I have been sleeping a lot better than before. I used to hate going to bed because I knew I would have to lie there for a while before actually falling asleep but now I fall asleep a lot quicker and there is no tossing or turning. I am more rested in myself, more alive in the mornings and I do actually feel a lot more happier, which probably has nothing to do with hydration but I have noticed that in myself.

Finally. My skin is so much better. It's got a much healthier colour and my skin is pretty much clear. Any blemishes that I had cleared up and I feel like i'm glowing a little. It's really added something to my confidence.

So, in conclusion drink water. I can't believe something so simple has made such a difference to me in so many ways, physically, mentally and financially. Just do it or at least try it for yourself and see the difference it makes to you. I would also recommend doing the thing that I do and have two bottles and rotate them. They are both 500ml which means I can see how much I am drinking and when I fill one up, I get the other one out the fridge so I always have chilled water. It makes drinking the water so much easier and nothing like a chore.

So just do it!

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  1. I am a big water drinker and that's what keeps my skin clear, my nails strong, my respiratory at top endurance and my hair shiny.

    Jess || https://www.learningfromstrangers.com

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  2. Yes! I don't understand why more people don't mention it!

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