Recently, I challenged myself to drink 2 litres of water every day for a week to see if it was genuinely beneficial.
A Reminder of the Benefits:
Drinking 2 litres of water a day is supposed to help the following (and more):
- Skin benefits: from clearing spots to anti-aging benefits & combatting skin conditions
- Boosts energy
- Aids weightloss
- Regulates body temperature
- Prevents & helps get rid of headaches
- Helps flush waste
Though I wasn’t the most consistent, I had noticed a difference in the condition of my skin – it was smoother and plumper in just a few days.
I also established that any weightloss would be ode to the fact that you fill yourself up on water, so you don’t feel the need to eat as much.
I figured that drinking 2 litres of water a day was an important part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. There’s no point to it if you aren’t also taking other measures to stay healthy. The right foods, a good amount of sleep and regular physical activity are some of the many things you need in combination with a good amount of water, to be healthy.
I continued the experiment for another 2 weeks and to be honest, I don’t have much to report.
I didn’t hit 2 litres on 7 of the 14 days. On those days, the amounts ranged from 1-1.8L.
That means that overall, I only hit my 2 litre target on 10 of the 21 days I attempted this. Not ideal. Or is it?
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Consuming 2 litres of water every single day is not for everyone, and that’s okay.
If you do a heavy workout, maybe you’ll hit 3. If it’s a cold day and you’re not doing very much, maybe you’ll only manage 1. For the most part, I think that’s okay. The majority of the days I missed the 2 litre target, I was wrapped in a blanket not doing very much and it didn’t feel necessary to drink.
You’ll be making up for it in other beverages (I personally drink 2-3 cups of herbal tea daily, which is essentially water and just under 300ml per serving), foods with high water content (spinach? apples? cucumber?) and other things without even realising.
To be honest, between the days you exceed 2 litres, the days you don’t, and the foods and other drinks you’re consuming, you’re probably balancing out.
Everything comes back to balance and if you don’t feel you need a full 2 litres, that’s okay.
I think the key is to listen to your body. Learn what your body needs.
Got a headache? Drink a little more. Not feeling thirsty at all? Don’t. Been on a weekend bender? Drink a bucket. Everyone is different.
If I go hiking, I need to be constantly drinking. If I spend a day in London, I barely manage 750ml.
I’m not a scientist or health professional and I could be talking a load of nonsense, but this is my personal conclusion based on my 3 week experiment.
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