So about a year ago on social media, there was a girl (I think she may have been a blogger? Can't say for sure) who did a 30 day-gallon a day- challenge and loved it. She claimed that it really helped her feel better. Obviously I was like, 'HI, sign me up.' So I tried it. And it was really hard at first. And then my body adjusted to the amount of water (you have to pee like all the time at first). And I finished the challenge and was like, hey! I do feel better and I do look better (my skin took the best hit). And I was like I should do this always!
Then you start missing days here and there... and then you start missing more days than you get your challenge done. So here's to starting new! I'll be doing a 30 day gallon challenge starting today (January 12) and ending February 11. I would love it if you joined along with me!
Still not convinced that this much water is good for you? See some of my sources and references below....
"Water is a solvent. It dissolves other substances and carries nutrients and other material (such as blood cells) around the body, making it possible for every organ to do its job. You need water to:
"Drink more water than you need, and your healthy body simply shrugs its shoulders, so to speak, and urinates more copiously, and readjusts the water level. Its hard for a healthy person on a normal diet to drink himself or herself to death on water.
But if you don't get enough water, your body lets you know pretty quickly....
... The first sign is thirst, that unpleasant dryness in your mouth caused by the loss of water from cells in your gums, tongue and cheeks. The second sign is reduced urination. Reduced urination is a protective mechanism triggered by ADH (antidiuretic hormone). ADH helps your body conserve water rather than eliminate it."
Source: Nutrition for Dummies by Carol Ann Rinzler (4th edition, 2006)
Also, did anyone just start a new workout plan at the beginning of the year? Want to know what will help your performance?
You guessed it.
Similar to what I mentioned earlier, "Drinking plenty of fluids is important for bringing nutrients and oxygen to your cells and carrying toxins away from them."
Yeah, water will help bring essential nutrients to your muscles (during your workout and after your workout) that will help them perform at top capacity. Water will also help get out built up lactic acid (the stuff that contributes to muscle soreness) so that is a huge win for me!
Source: The Biggest Loser 6 weeks to a Healthier You by Cheryl Forberg, Melissa Roberson and Lisa Wheeler (2010)
After all that, I really hope you go out today, snag a gallon and get your water-drinking booty in gear! If you want to join the challenge, be sure to tag me on insta (eatglitterallday) and #glittergallonchallenge
I'm a college-grad, certified group fitness instructor and certified personal trainer looking to get my healthy to the next level. I hope you can find a little something here that will help you on your journey too.