Americans buy more soda than water – and even when consumers do buy water, the bulk of those purchases are of flavored water products like Vitaminwater, which are an unhealthy scam.
At the end of the day…
There’s nothing quite like natural, unadulterated water.
Water lubricates your joints, protects your spinal cord and regulates your body temperature. It is the only fluid you could get away with drinking exclusively.
It’s also one of the only fluids you can drink three liters of per day and thrive because of it. (Try that with Coke and you’ll die.)
Wait, three liters?
Yes, three liters. It’s actually not as difficult as you might think. And here’s the real kicker – It can save you a ton of money.
The Benefits of Drinking 3L of Water Daily
1 – Better Looking Skin
A lot of people spend money on expensive acne cleansers and anti-aging creams that either doesn’t work to begin with or becomes ineffective over time.
But drinking a lot of water (y’know, like three liters) is the best way to flush out toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out. And the best part? Its effectiveness is never going to wear off. You’ll stay looking young and refreshed, with clear skin, as long as you continue your water consumption habits.
Here’s what just four weeks of drinking three liters daily did to one woman’s face.
2 – Weight Loss
Drinking liters of water daily has also been found in a study to result in a doubling of weight loss.
One of the reasons is that drinking large amounts of water helps you feel fuller, increases your metabolic rate and helps turn your stored fat into energy.
3 – Heart Disease Prevention
Drinking three liters of water can also prevent heart problems down the road.
When you get dehydrated, your blood gets thicker, which means that your heart has to work extra hard to get your blood flowing through your entire body.
A study found that drinking plenty of water can cut your chance of having a heart attack by as much as 41%.
A Few Pointers
Of course, you’re not going to want to drink three liters of water at once. That’ll leave you feeling bloated and running to the bathroom every five minutes.
Here are a few methods that have proved helpful for some.
Sabrina Bachai over at Medical Daily broke her consumption down into phases, starting with an 8-ounce glass of water every morning.
Once at work, she filled up a 16-ounce water bottle and drank it through a straw. She found that it was easier to drink using the straw because she would consume a lot more water than she realized.
She refilled the 16-ounce bottle six times throughout the day to get three liters.
The folks over at WeightLossResources.co.uk recommend staggering your water intake half an hour before each meal.
To meet the goal of three liters daily, drink 1000ml of water before you eat. If that sounds like a lot, split your water intake and drink 500ml half an hour before a meal, then 500ml half an hour after your meal.
If you feel like the above methods might make it a little difficult to keep track of how much water you’re drinking, you can simply buy a gallon container – as one journalist did – and make sure you get through it by the end of your day.
This can be particularly helpful if you find that you need more water during some parts of your day – such as while exercising – than others.