I Went From Drinking a Gallon of Water a Day to Almost Nothing by Accident — Here's What Happened

Sep 6 2018 - 12:10pm

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Water is pretty much a magical elixir. It can clear up your skin [1], boost your metabolism [2], keep your energy levels high, and stave off bloating [3]. Knowing that, a few months ago, after reading a million articles on why water is the answer to everything [4], I decided to dive into the "more is better" mindset and set my daily water goal to a gallon [5].

Every hour, I drank about 16 ounces of water. I struggled at the beginning and even got nauseous a bit, but I labored on, convinced that the life-changing results I'd heard of were just around the corner and feeling proud of myself that I'd lived through yet another day of this new way of life [6]. But going from not drinking much water to drinking a gallon wasn't sustainable for me.

Apparently "more is better" goes hand in hand with "all or nothing" for me, and fast-forward to a week later when life got busy and my gallon-a-day challenge [7] vanished into the air. I found myself at level zero again, drinking absolutely no water [8] and too busy to notice. As you can guess, this really isn't an ideal scenario and it taught me a lot about the importance of keeping a balanced intake of water in mind at all times. Here are the symptoms that made me realized I had slacked on hydration.


They say you don't know what you have until it's gone and I learned that first-hand. Needless to say, I am never, ever not paying attention to my water consumption. My water bottle is now a permanent fixture in my life, and here to stay.

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