Did you know about the health benefits of drinking only water for a month?
We have all heard of the fact that your body can go without food for 3 weeks, but what about water?
The body is made up of around 60% water so we can only last one week without water. What if we reversed this and only drank water, for one month, what would happen?
The notion of drinking only water for a month is a little alternative, to say the least. It goes beyond the fad of the juice diet, but outstanding things happen to the body when you drink no other beverages except for water.
Our bodies rely on and need water; every cell in our body relies on water to function fully and to full capacity. For those of us who rely on our morning coffee, an afternoon juice and an evening glass of something, it will be a challenge but with the benefits below, you would be mad to not set yourself this 30-day challenge.
Mental Creativity and performance will be enhanced
Your brain requires a lot of oxygen to work to full capacity. Water is a fantastic source of Oxygen; so the more you drink the more oxygen your brain has access to. With an increased oxygen intake to your brain, you may notice that you are more keen, focused, clever and quick thinking. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day can also improve cognitive thinking by a third.
Aging Process Slows Down
Chances are your skin is dehydrated, you may not feel it, but your skin does. Drinking only water for a month will plump up, moisturize and give you an all natural glow that not even the most expensive face cream can create. Journalist Wil Fulton undertook the challenge and noticed a definite improvement in his skin “My girlfriend says my skin looks clearer and I definitely feel like I have more overall energy.”
Immune System Improves
When you increase your fluid intake, your kidneys and liver are working hard to eliminate the waste and keep the good substances If you only drink water, your kidneys and liver actually helps support them in their job of purifying and eliminating waste. When you increase water, you decrease the chances of kidney stones and other kidney/liver related illnesses. Increasing your water intake can also help with pain management, especially headaches.
Drinking water can help decrease the risk of a heart attack as it prevents your blood from thickening and it helps lower your blood pressure. If you drink one glass of water before bed you make it easier on your body to send fresh oxygenated blood to your organs throughout the body. A study found that people who drank five glasses of water were over 40% less likely to suffer from a heart attack than those who only drank 2 glasses a day.
When you drink water, it can help your bones better reabsorb cartilage, which can prevent joint damage.
By drinking only water, and not other calorie loaded drinks, the body can easily remove toxins that some of your organs make. This will, in turn, make the body a lot cleaner and reduce belly fat. Water also acts as an appetite suppressant so you will notice you eat less and not feel the need to eat. A doctor from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics confirms that if you drink 2 glasses of water before a meal it will fill you up and you will end up eating less. Journalist Wil Furton who completed the 30-day challenge noticed “I just feel really full at the time and I’m eating less.”
There have been numerous studies on the effect that water has on your metabolism. The overriding conclusion is that it can stimulate the metabolism and if you consume 450ml a day your metabolism rises by 24%.
There are so many other benefits to drinking only water for a month, which also include: higher energy levels, better digestion, consistent sleep, a lower body temperature and the downside… more trips to the toilet.
By Holly W.