Why You Should Drink More Water

Why You Should Drink More Water

If you're mostly made of it, it is probably important.

Growing up, I was constantly told drink more water. Parents, doctors and coaches couldn’t stress it enough. “Yeah, yeah, whatever,” was always my response in my head as I quickly smiled and said agreed so they’d leave me alone. I never was really much of a water drinker. I would much rather have juice or milk with my meals. I was never one to carry around a water bottle, either. Until this past summer.

I don’t remember where we got the idea, but my best friend and I decided to see what would happen if we drank an entire gallon of water a day for a couple weeks over the summer. We wanted to see if drinking more water was really as good for you as everyone insisted.

And my gosh, it was.

Remember, I went from drinking a glass a day (if that) to drinking a gallon or more, so this “Gallon Challenge” was a huge change for me. I loved the way being hydrated felt, so I definitely drink a lot more water now that I ever did before. Water does SO MANY good things to your body. Here are just some of the important benefits drinking water has for you:

Physical Appearance: When you drink enough water, you’ll notice some changes in the way you look. I did. My skin was softer and clearer. According to WebMD, your skin will look smoother because it contains a lot of water. If you are dehydrated, so is your skin. Dehydrated skin is dry and wrinkly. Water gives you that fresh-faced look.

Aids in weight loss: WebMD says drinking a cup of water before each meal suppresses hunger, so you will feel full much quicker. Water also boosts your metabolism, which aids in weight loss.

Improves energy: Forget the coffee; drink some water! According to WebMD, if you are dehydrated, chances are it’s causing you to feel tired. Your blood contains a lot of water. To pump blood effectively, it is important to be hydrated so oxygen can reach your cells, giving you more energy.

Improves mood: WebMD says your brain is about 70% to 80% water, so consequently, being dehydrated affects the way you think. According to Mindful Living Network, drinking enough water can aid in sleep disorders and depression. A dehydrated mind is a stressed mind. Drink water so your brain can work to its fullest potential!

Cleans harmful toxins out of your system: Water is a natural cleanse for your body. Underground Health Reporter says that water helps your kidneys filter out the harmful toxins from your body, which then is flushed out through urine. If you are dehydrated, the toxins in your system build up and can cause many health problems.

Boosts immune system: According to Fit Day, water aids in the production of lymph. Your body needs lymph to bring white blood cells and nutrients to your body when you are sick. Without proper hydration, you can get sick much easier and have a harder time fighting illnesses.

Here’s the deal. People are extremely dehydrated. I know I was. I don’t know how my body functioned properly for all those years. This is a problem and nobody recognizes it.

I have a challenge for you: whatever you drink now, try adding about 4-8 more cups of water to that (8 cups is a half gallon) per day. If you’re really active and sweat like crazy, then add a full gallon to what you already drink. The point is: drink more water. Your body will thank you.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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Tanya Gold, Your Fatphobic Article Is Uneducated And Arrogant

BREAKING NEWS: Women come in all different shapes and sizes!


Just recently, Nike released a plus-size mannequin at one of their stores in London that showed off their plus-size leggings and sports bra. And, because we live in a world where being fat or overweight or obese is somehow the worst thing in the world to some people, this has sparked a lot of discussion.

Tanya Gold wrote an article for The Telegraph saying that this mannequin “cannot run" and is “likely pre-diabetic" and “on her way to a hip-replacement." Not only is Tanya's article uneducated and poorly written, it's completely fatphobic and embarrassing.

What I would like to know is this: why can't plus-size women work out in Nike clothes just like a size 2 woman? People want to scream from the rooftops that plus-size women are fat because they don't exercise and when companies FINALLY start catering to plus-size women with clothes they can EXERCISE IN, people lose their minds and think that they're promoting obesity.

What are plus sized women supposed to work out in if they can't even wear Nike leggings without being fat-shamed?

Would you rather them wear jeans? Overalls? A parka, maybe? What about a garbage bag?

Let's also discuss the fact that being overweight doesn't equal being unhealthy, just like being at a “normal" weight doesn't make you healthy. Did you ever stop to think that some women have diseases that make them gain weight that they, in return, can't lose? Some women can eat salad for every single meal, seven days a week and they still can't lose weight.

Let's all say this together: SIZE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FITNESS. Being thin doesn't equal being healthy and being overweight doesn't equal being unhealthy.

Everyone (and yes, I mean EVERYONE) should be able to be comfortable in their own skin AND in their clothes.

You can't sit and pout saying that fat people don't care about their health and then when they want comfortable clothes to wear while they're EXERCISING, hell has frozen over and how dare Nike cater to people who aren't a size 2.

Tanya, be honest with yourself. You aren't anywhere near a size 2, either, so where is all of this coming from? Are you self-loathing? Do you have some kind of internal fatphobia?

Pick a side, Tanya. You can't hate people who are overweight because you think that they aren't exercising and then when they do exercise and they get clothes that cater to them, it's all of the sudden wrong and horrible.

We are damned if we do, damned if we don't. As if women (and men) weren't already being shamed enough for being plus size, we're now being made to feel bad because a brand caters to our size so we can wear the same clothes all of the other sizes can wear.

Thank you, Nike, for making your brand more inclusive for all shapes and sizes so we can ALL feel confident in our clothes.

I think it's worth mentioning that Nike released their plus-size line in 2017 AKA 2 years ago... Why weren't you mad then?

Oh, and, Tanya Gold, you might want to stop smoking since you're all about being healthy, right? You don't want to get lung cancer or anything, do you?

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