I’ve been drinking a lot of water for a long time now. But there are still days where I forget, get too busy, or just simply don’t out of laziness. It’s been almost five years since I first set a goal of a gallon of water a day. And to be honest, nothing life changing happened. I live in a very hot climate so I have noticed a few benefits. But I was definitely lead to believe that things would be a lot better.
If you’re not sure how much water to drink per day, and how you could ever consume an entire gallon, check out our post 5 Ways to Drink More Water. When I first began my weight loss journey I really focused on my water intake. I definitely noticed a few minor benefits at first.
Benefits of Drinking Enough Water
But over all, I really didn’t notice any life-changing, mind-blowing results from drinking a gallon of water a day. Surprisingly, the biggest change has been what happens when I don’t drink my usual amount of water in a day.
At first I didn’t realize the connection, but I quickly realized that these random symptoms were on days I slacked on water. So increasing your water intake is great, but check out what could happen if you stop:
I guess this is really what doesn’t happen, if I skip my water. That’s right, my digestion is very regular when I drink a lot of water. I rarely have heartburn, I poop everyday, and never have an upset stomach, pressure, or constipation.
2. Chapped Lips & Dry Skin
So it is important to use chap stick if you need protection from the elements. But if you aren’t exposed regularly, you really shouldn’t need chap stick. If your lips are chapped, drink more water.
I also start to notice my skin gets very dry and my wrinkles stand out more. Consuming enough water ensures my skin is hydrated and plump with moisture. Any time it is dry, the wrinkles and discoloration start to show. I love how my skin feels when I am drinking enough water.
I explained this earlier, but I definitely used to get frequent headaches. Especially in high school, I would get headaches almost every afternoon. At the time, my parents and doctors were concerned there was something wrong. But nothing was every found. Now that I look back on those times, I realize that I was incredibly dehydrated.
Now that I have focused on my hydration for several years, I can immediately tell a dehydration headache. It is so noticeable now, that I have felt what it is like to be hydrated. If you are also experiencing inexplicable headaches, try drinking more water, it could be as simple as that.