I am always HORRIBLE about drinking water when I should, and I come nowhere near the nine 8oz glasses that are recommended for daily intake (for men, it’s thirteen 8oz glasses). For me, it’s usually more like a couple of gulps a day, just to wash my food down. I know, I’m awful! It’s that busy mama thing- my kids are always more than hydrated, and I know this because my five-year-old always has to make three trips to the bathroom every time I take him grocery shopping with me. So basically, I always forget about myself.
Well, did you know how important water really is for your body?
“Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.” -Mayo Clinic
It helps your body conduct its normal daily functions, and well, I’m just going to put myself out there and say it- I’m always constipated. I have issues with adult acne, I get headaches a lot, and I just think that I could really benefit from drinking more water.
According to this article from Mind Body Green, water also Increases energy and relieves fatigue, promotes weight loss, improves skin complexion, aids in digestion and helps to prevent constipation, boosts the immune system, and helps to prevent and relieve headaches.
So to help raise awareness of how important it is to drink water on a daily basis, I’ve decided to start a Summer H2O Challenge and document the changes I see from drinking a full 2200 ml of water a day for an entire month!
I’ll do an update in about a month to let you know if I notice any changes in my health or energy levels from drinking the daily recommended amount of water, but feel free to jump on the bandwagon and do the summer H2O Challenge with me. I’d love to see your pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #summerH2Ochallenge!
Here’s to hydration!