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I Tried Drinking The Recommended Amount Of Water For A Full Week And It Changed My Life

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Alberta chapter.

I had grown up always hearing that you’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day to ensure proper hydration. To me that sounded like an impossible feat and quite honestly a total myth, as I personally didn’t know a single person who actually tried to drink that much water a day. However, about three weeks ago I decided to try it out and see if I could drink the proper amount of water each day for an entire week and I can wholeheartedly tell you that it is a lifestyle change I am glad I made. Now don’t get me wrong, I always have tried to drink at least a glass or two a day. I’m not one of those people who actively hates the taste of water and avoids it at all costs. But once I started to introduce proper hydration to my body I realized how much my body was craving it. For one I just felt so much healthier and not as bloated as I had when I only drank one or two glasses. I was less sluggish and I noticed that if a couple of hours had gone by and I didn’t have anything to drink my body would be craving a glass of water. 

As I continued throughout the week drinking eight glasses of water a day I started to notice some more changes that were caused by proper hydration. One of the biggest ones was that I no longer had constant hunger cravings, as drinking water often satiated those feelings. This was incredibly useful for me as I no longer spent my day mindlessly snacking on little treats, but instead, I supplied my body with the nourishment I knew would make me feel better in the long term. Another thing I noticed was the improvement in my skin. Mask acne has been a real struggle for me, but by drinking proper amounts of water I started to see those effects start to reverse. 

I am so glad that I made the decision to do something healthy for my body and make this positive change. I highly recommended trying out introducing more water to your routine, (even if it’s just for a week) to see what sort of change it can make in your life! 


Rieley Tomkinson

U Alberta '22

Rieley is a third year Elementary Education student at the University of Alberta. When she's not busy studying you can find her binging a new Netflix show, singing along to musicals, playing with her dog or curled up with a new book.
Simi is a senior at the University of Alberta studying Sociology and Religious Studies. She grew up in Houston Texas and lives by the saying “go big or go home”. She is currently Her Campus Ualberta's Editor in Chief and Campus Correspondent. School, volunteering, clubs, and work occupy most of her time. You can find her on Instagram at @simi.bhangoo.