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Sep 01

The August “Agua” Challenge is over!

31 days of drinking the recommended daily quantity of water and I’m thirstier than ever!  What a great sign that my thirst mechanism is finally working.we can do it

Who else took the challenge?  It doesn’t matter if you missed it… you can start right now.  I was drinking 65 ounces of water a day.  You would drink half of your body weight in ounces to have an appropriate amount.  This is a pretty close ballpark figure but be aware that there are several things that would affect how much you should drink.

If you’re outside in the heat and are sweating a lot, you’ll want to drink enough water to replenish what you’re sweating out.  Therefore, you’d have to add some additional water.

There’s also a condition known as hyponatremia which is caused by drinking too much water.  I don’t think that the average person needs to worry about this.  It occurs sometimes in long distance runners who drink too much water during a race, or other situations where people guzzle too much water (gallons) at one time.

Results

I promised that I would share with you the results that I see in myself from drinking enough water.  Here they are:

  1. I’m thirsty more often.  Now, this may sound counterintuitive, but it’s really important.  When we’re chronically dehydrated (like most of us are), our thirst mechanism doesn’t work.  Since we’re never thirsty, we hardly ever drink.  When we do, we’re usually drinking tea or coffee or soda which doesn’t do anything to rehydrate us.  In fact, it dehydrates us even more.  So being thirsty is a great function to have.
  2. I urinate more often.  Duh!  That would be pretty obvious, however, it does actually level out so that it doesn’t become bothersome.  It’s also a pale yellow which is getting closer to the almost clear that it should be.
  3. My bowels are working more effectively.
  4. When pinched, my skin returns to its original state more quickly.  It bounces back almost immediately now.
  5. I feel slightly more energy.  I pop up out of bed at 5:15 in the morning and am ready to meet the world.

Those are my subjective results.  I’ll be getting some bloodwork done in the next couple of weeks and I’m challengeexpecting that my cholesterol levels will have gone down.  We’ll see if there are any other noticeable differences.

It’s your turn!

It’s never too late to start your own challenge.  Try it for a week or a month.  See for yourself what drinking water can do for you.  Who’s in?

Please leave a comment below with a pledge for how long you’ll be on the water challenge.  At the end of that time, I’ll check back with you to find out your results.  Invite a friend to do it with you so you can support each other.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Here’s to you!

Alice