Drink a gallon of water a day, they say. A gallon is roughly 3.78 litres. That’s a LOT of water. Yes, I know. But did you know that there are long term benefits to adding this healthy practice to your lifestyle? Here’s the lowdown on what happens when you start drinking nearly 4 litres of water everyday
1. Improves skin
Say goodbye to wrinkles, dull skin and acne, simply by adding all that water to your everyday routine. Your skin brightens, smoothens out and takes on a fabulous healthy glow, all because the water flushes out the toxins that are hampering skin health. The results are spectacular and you can see them within a month. Give it a shot!
2. Prevents overeating
With water filling you up, there’s less space for food! You won’t overeat or snack up on junk when you’re doing your 4 bottles a day thing.
3. Burns calories
I knew this would catch your eye. When you drink cold water, your body has to work to warm it up to body temperature. So, throw in those ice cubes and get a workout, simply my drinking more water!
4. Flushes out all sorts of toxins
And so makes bowel movements easier, clears your gut improves colon health, helps kidney function from all that peeing and basically helps you remain healthy.
5. Boosts metabolism
Did you know drinking 500 ml of water increases metabolic rate by 30% in the first 10 minutes? So imagine what a gallon would do. Having about 2 cups of water every couple of hours will set your body up for a metabolic boost all through the day
6. Bye bye dark circles
No more concealer! People who drink 4 litres a day of water have reduced puffiness around their eyes and healthier looking skin. Dark circles, blemishes, etc. vanish from the skin leaving you looking refreshed and dewy fresh.
7. No more headaches
Anyone who’s suffered from dehydration headaches know what I’m talking about. This is the headache that strikes mid morning, after breakfast. That’s when the water content in your body drops after the morning ablutions. They’re obstructive and tend to linger till the afternoon. The best way to avoid these? Be filled up on water of course. With all tat you’ll be drinking, you can kiss these pesky headaches a hearty goodbye.
If you’re not used to it, drinking up to 4 litres of water a day can be quite the challenge. Here are some simple tips to elevate your water intake through the day
1. Space out the water intake through the day
For instance, 2 glasses on waking up, 2 after breakfast, 2 after lunch, 2 before tea, 2 after dinner and 2 before bed. That’s 12 glasses of water, roughly 3 litres.
2. Use an app
There are apps such WaterLogged and Water Drink Reminder which remind you to drink regularly.
3.Place water bottles at different locations
Like your dining table, kitchen counter, bedside, study table etc. to encourage you to drink on the go.
4. Work your way up
If you barely drink a litre everyday, it’s going to be really hard for you to up the ante to 4 times that much in a single day. Instead, ramp it up – try 2 litres for 3-4 days, then 3 and so on. That way your body gets slowly acquainted to all the extra water and your bladder won’t burst.
Water is freely available, calorie-free and the most refreshing drink on the planet. Did we even need an excuse to be drinking up? Nope.