I drank nothing but water for a week to see what would happen

I drank nothing but water for a week to see what would happen

One of the most essential things that we need to survive is water, but do we drink enough? I know I probably don’t so I decided to try a little experiment. For one week I would drink nothing but water.

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What was the experiment?

After I decided to ditch the Coca-Cola a while ago, it got me thinking about what I was putting into my body. Everyone knows that drinking water is good for you, but how much should you drink? The urban legend is that you need to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and that rumour has been about since I was a teenager. A quick Google and you will see that most websites will tell you this number is right. So, about 1 litre to 1.5 litres is the goal, but it does depend on your activity levels and your body size. Although a nurse told me that you should be aiming for around 2 litres a day. Being a pregnant lady, I decided to aim for the 1.5 litre mark.

I drank nothing but water for a week to see what would happen

What are the benefits?

When you switch from high-sugar drinks to plain water, it can be tough. But by drinking water, you will be hydrating your body instead of flooding it with sugar and caffeine. As someone who normally drinks a lot of coffee when I’m not pregnant, I know how bad dehydration can ruin your day. You get headaches, you can’t think, your day can go down the toilet. When I get a headache, I will reach for a glass of water before I take painkillers because I know there is a 50% chance my headache is down to dehydration. The other 50% is down to forgetting to put my glasses on when I’m at the laptop, or my kids are screaming bloody murder at each other.

How did it go?

It actually went really well but my general destain of coke has probably helped with this one. That, and I made sure that I had a nice sippy cup for my water. The only problem I had with this was it was water, there are no vitamins or minerals in water. Being pregnant, I could have done with some salts or vitamins in my liquid. After a couple of days, I found myself with restless legs, not great when you want to sleep.

I drank nothing but water for a week to see what would happen

Will I keep it going?

I’m on the fence about keeping this one going. Drinking plenty of water is great but drinking too much can have a bad effect on you. I think it would be better if I was to mix it with a variety of healthy drinks and include water in the mix. Herbal teas are a great alternative to high caffeine drinks. But I do miss my caffeine kick, and with four kids running around my ankles, I could do with the energy boost. Overall, I am really happy with this experiment (apart from the restless legs).

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20 thoughts on “I drank nothing but water for a week to see what would happen

  1. Wow! You have a lot of self-control! I don’t know if I’d ever be able to do this. I practically live off coffee running around with 3 kids. I definitely need to try to drink more water though. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The human body needs food and water to survive . A human can go for more than three weeks without food — Mahatma Gandhi survived 21 days of complete starvation — but water is a different story. At least 60% of the adult body is made of it and every living cell in the body needs it to keep functioning.

  3. I tried the same thing this summer ans was able to keep it up for so long but when I took another sip of coffee I was hooked again. I have similar moments as you though I will drink water bbn if I notice dehydration symptoms and normally kick myself for not have drank some earlier.

  4. I’m a recovering soda addict. I’ve been working towards an all water diet for some time now. It hasn’t been easy, but I can definitely see a change in both my mental and physical health.

  5. I’ve quit drinking soda and juice since I was in college and consume mostly water, and sometimes tea or black coffee. It’s nice to keep ourselves hydrated with water as it has a lot of health benefits. Thanks for sharing this information! I hope people keep theirselves hydrated as well!

  6. Wow! I drink about 1.5 liters of water a day, but I also drink coffee. I don’t think I could go without caffiene, especially cold turkey. Thanks for taking one for the team and dong this experiment.

  7. That is an interesting experiment. My daughter is pregnant. She likes caffeine but is staying away from it until baby is here (and probably after that too, since she’ll be nursing).

  8. I love water, but need my coffee. Everything in moderation right? Happy you tried it, but life is short so enjoy it.

  9. I cannot live without water for one week! I love water so much! Now that it is winter, I drink lukewarm water to help to clean out my throat and sinius areas.

  10. Yep, it’s good. But I have to take my coffee in the morning plus my ginger tea for my cravings and for digestion. As for Coke, I can go forever without it. 😀

  11. Oh goodness! That is such a long time. I could not do it for 2 days! I have started doing some intermittent fasting from 16-20 hours and this has helped me drink more water. But I need to eat food daily!!

  12. I cannot survive just on water HA HA HA! Totally need some kind of caffeine to help me out – even just that one cup of coffee a day which is what I’ve been doing aside from water.

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