Radiance Central’s Healthy Habits Challenge
April 2015 Challenge: Drinking a minimum of 6-8 cups of water/day
It’s the end of the month, and that means we’ve completed this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking a minimum of 6-8 cups of water a day.
Living in the hot tropics, I drank more than the minimum, I drank about 3 litres of water a day, and it felt GREAT! I have to say this is the first time in my life I drank an abundance of water daily, and what a difference it makes to feel fully hydrated!
Results of drinking a lot of water
The benefits and changes I experienced:
I have to say the biggest benefit I experienced from the Radiance Central’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking more water was the increase of energy. I wasn’t expecting this at all. I always related drinking more water for better digestion, appetite control, and the effects of being well hydrated has on the skin, but I never connected hydration with energy levels. This to me makes me want to continue drinking plenty of water every day. Now that I know what it feels like to drink a lot of water, I notice a big energy drop when I don’t drink enough.
I also noticed that once I got through the first week of adjusting to the increase of fluids, I found the increase of water did in fact reduce water retention. I had a much flatter stomach and felt my body could efficiently release and flush out any extra water I was holding onto. So definitely less water retention, less puffiness, and less bloating.
Also skin and hair – way more hydrated! Love this! Not only did my skin feel and look more plumped-up, clear, and soft, but my hair too felt softer and shinier!
What I was expecting, but didn’t happen!
Everyone who’s ever had a baby or toddler would know, you aren’t getting the quality sleep you used to (especially if you’re like me and still nursing and co-sleeping). I was hoping the increase of water would help the bags and dark circles under my eyes miraculously disappear, but no, unfortunately it didn’t (I have other suggestions for the bags and dark circles here!)
I also didn’t notice any difference in my digestion, but then again, I don’t really have any digestive issues to begin with. Maybe if I had issues already with constipation or heart burn, maybe I’d see a difference with the increase of water intake. If you did this Healthy Habits Challenge and noticed a difference with your digestion, do comment below and let me know, I’m definitely interested in hearing your feedback!
Also, I never noticed any difference in my appetite or weight either. I know that when I’m dehydrated I definitely mistaken thirst for hunger and eat more. For some reason during this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge I never really thought about how my water intake was affecting my appetite, and if it was significantly decreasing it. In retrospect, I don’t think the increase of water affected my appetite, but then again, looking back even if it didn’t decrease my appetite, my appetite never significantly increased either, and in fact I don’t recall at any time over this past month I ever over ate or felt the inclination to do so (which when I’m dehydrated, I can easily over eat).
What are your results from doing this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking a minimum of 6-8 cups of water a day? I would love to hear your experience on the Challenge! (Please comment below!)
To hear more about my results of drinking 3 litres of water a day, for an entire month, watch today’s video below!
The last 10 Day Juice Fasting Program starts next Tuesday, May 5th!
I’m working on a NEW online Juice Fasting program coming out this June or July. This program will be a shorter program (7 days total – a 5 day juice fast, and two one-day transition days on and off the fast). The 10 Day Juice Fasting Program in May will be the last time I’m hosting an extended, 10 day juice fast, so if you want to do a long juice fast, join us!!! CLICK HERE to sign-up!!!