The 42-year-old mother of two, Sarah Smith set out to see the results of drinking a gallon of water a day for four weeks by taking a picture of herself before and after the experiment.
Her experiment started after she began suffering from poor and sluggish indigestion and regular headaches due to lack of water intake. Her doctor advised her to drink more water, and she documented the entire process over the course of four weeks.
At the outset, Sarah took a long hard look at her face noting that “I am 42, but have to admit I look more like 52 in this picture, which is shocking. There are dark shadows under and around my eyes, which make me look exhausted, a profusion of wrinkles and strange reddish blotches, and my skin lacks any lustre. It looks dead….even my lips look shriveled.” She spread the water out during the day aiming to drink a big jug of water in the morning, another in the afternoon with a third in the evening.
At the end of the FIRST WEEK, she had already noticed that her bowel function was improved, and her urine was virtually clear as the water was flushing out her previously dehydrated poorly functioning kidneys. She noticed sudden skin breakouts, which were a result of the toxins being eliminated from throughout her body. However her headaches were already gone and her previous joint stiffness first thing in the morning was vastly improved. Water is vital for lubricating the joints.
WEEK TWO saw an improvement in her skin tone and general complexion although she noted that her eyes were still wrinkled but said: “they look less creepy and shadowy than before.” She also had a visibly flatter stomach, and her smart husband paid her the ultimate compliment by noting that her cellulite had vanished! Significantly she had another week headache free.
On to WEEK THREE when Sarah was happy to find that her eye wrinkles and dark circles had all but disappeared, and her skin was plumper and healthier looking. She noted that she was actually eating less by this stage as she had fallen into the common trap of reading signals from her stomach as being hunger pangs whereas they were actually thirst pangs. Research has shown that 37 per cent of people actually mistake thirst signals for hunger signals. The plentiful water had now stopped her from continually falling into that unhealthy trap.
So what about the end of WEEK FOUR? Sarah said “I genuinely can’t believe the difference in my face. I look like a different woman. The dark shadows around my eyes have all but disappeared, and the blotches have gone. My skin is almost as dewy as it was when I was a child. The transformation is nothing short of remarkable.” She was leaner, fitter and nobody can deny the astonishing change to her appearance. She changed nothing else in her daily routine apart from the water intake.
You can’t deny that she looked much healthier after the four weeks. There could be a number of other factors involved in her transformation, but I think we can safely conclude that water is a magic fluid. I mean — water intake is vital for virtually every function within our bodies so it’s no surprise that drinking lots of water can have positive effects on your body.
If you’re guilty of not drinking 2-3 liters of water a day, then this post should be all the encouragement you need.