I think it’s safe to say that most of us don’t drink enough water and many of us are mildly dehydrated. Unfortunately, we sometimes mistake the signs of dehydration for something else like hunger. Instead of grabbing something to eat, drink some water first.
Signs of dehydration
- Feeling Hungry (usually craving sugary sweets)
- Mood swings
- Poor concentration
- Dull dry skin and pronounced wrinkles
- Muscle cramps
- Not urinating or low urine output
- Dark concentrated urine
- Bad breath and dry mouth
- Decreased performance
This is just a short list of symptoms. Please see your doctor if you experience these symptoms or aren’t feeling well.
The Water Challenge: Drink more water!
This is normally a 30 day gallon water challenge but I decided to change it up a bit. We all have different body types so water needs are different for everybody. Someone that is super active will need to drink more water than someone who isn’t active. Go with what your body is telling you. If one gallon is way too much for you, decrease the amount. I won’t get mad! This challenge is to get us to become more aware of our water consumption and to develop the habit of keeping our body hydrated.
What You Need:
All you need is a gallon of water (I got mine for 99 cents) or you can use your water bottle. You can either label it like I did or figure out how many bottles of water you need to drink.
Rules for the 30 day water challenge:
1. Drink 1 gallon of water or as much as your body needs every day for 30 days. Here is a general formula used to determine the amount of water you should be drinking:
Your body weight ÷2 Then divide by 8 to find the number of cups of water you should be drinking. For Example: 105÷2=52.5 ÷8= 6.6 cups of water per day.
This is a baseline number. You may need to drink more or less water depending on how active you are.
2. You absolutely CAN NOT drink the entire amount of water in one sitting. This could lead to water poisoning. Distribute your water consumption throughout the day.
3. You must drink pure water in order to count it as part of your gallon water intake. Coffee, tea, sofa or any other drink that is not pure water does not count. Exception: You can flavor it with lemon, raspberries, etc but no sugary mixtures.
I just started the water challenge and will be documenting my experience. I will post links to updates throughout the month!
Water Challenge updates: