I drank 80oz of water daily & my results might surprise you.
Why Did I Do This:
Recently I realized that I should start drinking more water than I was. Stuff happens and one of the last things that I worry about is if I’m getting enough water. I just didn’t know how much I should be drinking per day.
While looking for how much water I should drink, I ran across a few videos.
All these videos said how great water was and how good it is for your body and skin.
Some of these videos even made claims that seemed strange to me.
Could drinking more water really do this to my skin and body?
I wanted to try drinking more water to see if these videos actually knew what they were talking about. You know how it works, people title things strange just to get more views and clicks.
That’s when my eye-opening experience started!
Why 80 oz:
Choosing the amount of water that I was going to drink daily was kind of a hard choice. My goal was to get the right amount of ounces that most people could drink.
I know, it kind of sounds easy. Just pick a number and stick with it.
But, what would the point be if I set the amount of water so high that no one else would want to do it?
I was doing some research about how much water someone should actually be drinking a day. I wasn’t surprised that I found a whole lot of different answers. Some of these were pretty far apart too.
A gallon of water a day.
Half your weight in ounces.
Drink eight 8-ounce glasses.
8-10 cups per day.
3 liters for men.
Which one do I choose?
Which one is the best?
I figured it all up and just decided to try and go with the average of all of them. The amount I came up with was around 80 ounces of water daily.
Some people may need or want more.
It also may be too much water for others.
Always do what you think is right for your body.
I didn’t want to go with the highest amount of recommended water to drink daily. Drinking too much water can do more accidental harm than good.
Drinking too much water can cause a condition called hyponatremia. This can cause the skin cells to swell up and even dilute the amount of sodium in your blood.
I did some research and found that most hyponatremia usually occurs when a person drinks around 100 oz of water in a matter of hours. But, everyone is different.
We are talking about 80oz throughout the entire day.
How Long Did I Drink It For:
The total time I wanted to drink this amount of water was for 1 week. I wanted to make the blog post about the changes I saw just from one week of drinking more water.
But, life happens…
I lost all track of time and had some other projects that came up. By the time I realized this, I was already 3 weeks into the plan. I could stop there but that really wouldn’t make any sense.
Why would I want to stop at 3 weeks?
I kept going another week and just made it a month. All of the results and everything I listed is based on a month of drinking this amount of water.
I never skipped a day.
Some days were easier and other days were harder. But, I would always make sure that I drank the correct amount so it would be fair to myself and readers.
I decided to stop at a month so that my readers could challenge themselves and possibly see a difference from just drinking more water for a month.
If I went on to 6 months, I feel that many of you might not try it since that is an awfully long time to wait to start seeing results.
To this date, I’m still drinking 80 oz of water, or more, every day. I’m still happy with all the results that I’ve gotten and plan on to continue drinking this amount of water every day.
Here are my results:
I Got Fuller Quicker:
I noticed that I got fuller quicker just from drinking more water. Was it just me or does this happen to other people? It turns out that there is actually some truth to this.
Some nutritionists say that water is an appetite suppressant.
Appetite suppressants work with your body to reduce your appetite and curb your hunger. They can either be supplements that you take or a prescription you take from your medical doctor.
When we drink water, it takes up space in our stomach. The more space that is taken in our stomach means there is less room for other food.
This can give us the effect of feeling fuller quicker.
Keep in mind that I wasn’t trying to lose weight while drinking more water. I just noticed that I got fuller quicker and that did cause a little weight loss.
I did drink a glass of water before every meal.
I also drank a glass every time that I felt hungry.
Doing so made me feel fuller longer and throughout the day. I also noticed that I didn’t eat as much food when I did eat. Every time I go to a restaurant, I usually eat everything that is on my plate. Now, I noticed that I have to get a box to take leftovers home.
I guess this can be good for someone who wants to lose some weight.
Just make sure that you’re eating enough food for your body to get the nutrients it needs.
I Don’t Drink Sugary Drinks Anymore:
The best part about drinking more water is that I don’t drink pop or soda anymore. I have access to it and I even have some sitting in the pantry. But, I just don’t crave it anymore like I used to.
I was one of those people…
I used to be able to sip on one at 5 in the morning. Then I would drink some throughout the day. It’s strange because I would get weird cravings for one and now every time I’m thirsty, I just want to drink some ice water.
I’m not complaining, this is a really good thing that happened from drinking more water.
On the plus side, it’s saving me a lot of money!
It’s also probably saving me a lot of long term side effects from drinking them.
Every now and then I will get one if I’m at a restaurant.
It’s really only a fancy sit down restaurant where I will order a drink. I don’t order one because I’m craving one, I just get one to change things up.
Sometimes water can get boring and I need something else.
If I’m going through a drive-thru or fast food place I will just drink water from the reusable container I have.
I’m not a fan of those kinds of restaurants. I normally will eat at one less than once per month.
That’s a whole other blog post on that topic!
Sometimes those drinks just don’t sound appetizing to me anymore!
My Skin Changed Over Time:
Drinking more water really helped my skin. Over time I noticed that my skin was making some changes. This was a huge confidence boost and really made me want to continue on with drinking lots of water.
Sometimes it was hard for me to drink that amount of water because I wasn’t used to drinking it. But slowly seeing results really made me want to continue doing so.
I didn’t wake up one morning to look in the mirror to see a huge difference.
I mainly saw small progress being made with my skin.
It wasn’t a “miracle product” or anything like that…
The first thing I noticed was that my face didn’t seem to appear as red.
However, when I did get a red face, it wasn’t bright red. I just noticed that my face had more of a red tint to it. This wasn’t every day but it happened a few times per week.
It happened just enough for me to become annoyed with it…
I was very surprised that drinking water would help my face out this much.
My diet, skincare routine, sleep pattern, or stress hadn’t changed at all. It had to be from the increased amount of water that I was drinking.
I did see in a video that some people experienced a decrease in the size of their pores.
That didn’t happen to me but maybe it will and maybe it won’t. Everyone’s body and skin will react differently to drinking more water.
I Feel More Refreshed In The Mornings:
I think one of the best feelings is when you get a good night’s sleep and wake up feeling refreshed. Honestly, it doesn’t happen to me a lot but I have noticed it happens more often when I drink plenty of water.
It seems to happen when I drink plenty of water throughout the day.
It doesn’t do anything to me if I chug a lot of water before bed.
But, every morning I also start drinking water right away. This also makes me feel really refreshed in the mornings.
I’m not a coffee or a caffeine person anymore so I just choose to drink water. I just find it so refreshing to drink a glass of water as soon as I get up.
It seems like it wakes me up faster and I just feel better overall.
I even notice that I’m not as hungry if I drink water as soon as I get up.
Some people ask me how I could drink water first thing in the morning.
I had a lot of people tell me that drinking water that early just doesn’t sound appetizing.
I’m going to be honest, it took a while to get used to. I always liked drinking orange juice or cranberry juice in the mornings. After that, I would usually have a glass of water.
One morning I just decided that I was going to get in the habit of doing it.
I didn’t really like doing it on the first day.
The second day was a little better…
After about a week it really didn’t bother me.
Let me tell you this, drinking a glass of water in the morning makes me feel a whole lot more refreshed than drinking any kind of coffee or juice.
I Need Fewer Adjustments:
For those of you that don’t know me, I’m an outdoors person and I love to get my hands dirty. I’m always working outdoors on some kind of project. Today it was getting on my hands and knees and weeding and mulching my flower beds.
Other days I’m probably working on some kind of a DIY project that the internet seems to make so easy…
I always like to be on some kind of schedule with my massage therapist and chiropractor. I usually alternate between them every month for an adjustment.
Month one is the massage and month two is the chiropractor.
After drinking lots of water I noticed that I really didn’t need to go to them as much. It also seemed that when I did go, I would get adjusted and put back in place easier.
My chiropractor didn’t say anything but my massage therapist noticed and said that everything went back in place easier.
They asked if I was doing anything different and the only thing that I was changing was the amount of water that I was drinking daily.
The massage therapist I go to said that drinking plenty of water can lubricate your joints and is even really good for your muscles and may reduce muscle pain. Drinking water can also help the discs in your vertebrae which is very important for optimal spine health.
I was shocked that drinking this amount of water could make that big of a difference!
I Was More Bloated/Gained Weight:
One side effect that I noticed after about a week was that I was more bloated. This even showed up on the bathroom scale because I was gaining weight.
The only good part was that I was gaining water weight.
Water weight is a lot easier to lose compared to fat weight. Have you ever heard of someone saying they lost some ridiculous amount of weight in a short period of time?
Something like 10 or 15 pounds in one week.
Chances are this was water weight and it will probably be gain back when they start drinking water again.
While drinking water, I couldn’t really think of any way to prevent myself from bloating up. All of the websites said to exercise more, watch my diet and salt intake.
I was already doing this.
I did come across a website that said to take a water pill to help lose the water weight. I’m sure they would be fine to take for the shorter term, but, I’m more concerned about taking them for the long term.
Right now, I think ill just leave the water pills and deal with minor bloating. The bloating I experienced was not that bad and not enough of a concern for me to start taking a supplement for it.
I do recommend sipping water throughout the day to prevent bloating. I found out that chugging all the water down at once isn’t the best thing for your body.
This could also cause bloating.