Many of you may have heard about the one-gallon water challenge that is sweeping across our campus. I hold my hands up as the culprit/trendsetter on this one. After browsing Facebook one evening I saw an experiment carried out by a 42-year-old mother of two: a four-week challenge to consume one gallon of water each day for a four-week continuous period.
Water makes up about 60 percent of our body and according to the New England Journal of Medicine, drinking just five glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent, breast cancer by 70 percent and bladder cancer by 50 percent.
Benefits of consuming one gallon a day:
· Complexion improvement
· Never feel dehydrated
· Removal of toxins from the body
· Better digestion
· No bloating
· Reduce the chance of becoming sick
· “Over-snack” less
· Higher energy and less fatigue
So far with my experience in the past week, I have noticed that I have had more energy, better focus, no headaches or pains, and less snacking. At first, I struggled to drink a whole gallon but by the end of the day I have been adding a few more ounces. The water needs to be consumed throughout the day for the best results. The easiest way to track the amount of water you consume is to use a one-gallon jug; however, many of us have the 16-ounce Tervis Tumblers, and eight of these would equal the same amount.
With the current seasonal viruses and sickness going around, please encourage our students to stay hydrated in order to help their bodies fight off illnesses.
Needless to say, all of our athletes should be consuming this amount of water and more to prevent cramping and to help dilute the built-up lactic acid from practice and games.
Many of the Cooper House girls and ELA-8 faculty are giving it a go. So, I challenge you to increase your water intake and drink a
gallon a day.
Check out these helpful links:
CDC- Water: Meeting Your Daily Fluid Needs