10 Days and 70 Ounces of Water — This Is What Happened To My Body

Glass of Water

For the past 10 days, this brave work-at-home mom with nerves of steel made sure she got exactly 70 ounces of water a day. Over this time, I learned why doctors insist people drink more water. Here’s what you can expect:

1. I Peed … a Lot

The first thing I discovered is that if your body isn’t used to drinking so much water, you’re going to use the bathroom at least a couple of times a morning. One interesting side note is that my pee was much clearer than usual. After a quick Google search, I learned that this meant my kidneys were working great. So, thanks water for protecting my kidneys!

Woman drinking Water

2. The Munchies Disappeared

This is one of the things that surprised me the most. During my 10 day experiment, I gradually noticed that my cravings for chocolate started to disappear. I wouldn’t turn down a few scoops of chocolate ice-cream if you offered, but I don’t feel the same pull for chocolate or snacks as before. It turns out this is real science. The munchies are often caused by dehydration, not because you’re hungry. Yeah, the brain is pretty weird sometimes.

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Potato Chips

3. I Have More Energy

As someone who LOVES coffee with her heart and soul, I was pleasantly surprised to see that drinking more water meant I didn’t need to brew a pot for the afternoon. I wasn’t sleepy, depressed or dragging my feet. My mind is more alert. I rely less on pick-me-ups during the day. Dehydration is one of the main causes of fatigue, so it’s no surprise that staying hydrated feels SO FREAKING INCREDIBLE for your muscles, your brain and your mood.

Woman Running

4. My Skin Looks Phenomenal

I’m not the kind of person who spends tons of time with makeup. I tend to focus on my “natural beauty,” AKA pray that my hair doesn’t get tangled as I toss on my pajamas for working from home. However, I made a surprising discovery after upping my water intake: My skin is shockingly lustrous and smooth! Apparently, staying hydrated on the inside directly leads to the amount of moisture your skin gets. In fact, drinking plenty of water can be more effective than applying moisturizer to dry skin. Who knew?!

Woman Looking in Mirror

The Secret To Staying Hydrated

I’m not normally forgetful, but remembering to get those eight glasses of water was more of a challenge than I expected. Here are a few ways to stay on track:

  • Set a BUNCH of water alarms on your smartphone: After a while, you’ll start to remember.
  • Use a squeeze bottle and keep it with you: No idea why, but squeeze bottles made it more exciting to drink water.
  • Drink water BEFORE you eat: This helps you remember and helps you lose weight, too.
  • Eat more fruit: Fresh fruit has water, keeping you hydrated. It also comes with tons of nutrients for your body.
  • Make it fun with an infuser: I started infusing my water with grapefruit, peaches, cucumbers and kiwi. It was so tasty that I actually looked forward to it.
Water infused with cucumber

In case you’re wondering, 70 ounces of water is basically half a gallon a day. It’s about eight glasses, but eight of those tiny plastic cups, not eight huge drinking glasses. I definitely recommend taking on your own 70-oz. water challenge!

Fun and Stimulating Outdoor Activities To Do With Your Kids This Summer

Dad and daughter on beach

Summertime is a time for your kids to unwind and reset after a long, stressful school year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should let them be couch potatoes for the whole break. As a work-from-home or stay-at-home parent, you want to keep your kids active and their brains engaged while making fun, life-long memories but without making them feel as if they’re in back in school. It can be tough to strike this balance, but don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Below are outdoor activities that are great for little minds and bodies that kids of all ages will love.

Participate in Nature

No matter where in the world you live, summertime is full of natural wonders. While it’s one thing to appreciate those wonders visually, it’s quite another to engage with them. To raise children who really appreciate Mother Nature in all her glory, try doing the following:

  • Plant a garden, and have your kids take care of it.

  • Make a bird feeder, then try to identify all the birds that come to your yard.

  • Visit a “Pick Your Own” farm.

  • Gather bits of nature, such as old bark, fallen twigs and leaves, and make a fairy garden.

  • Lay out on a blanket and watch the clouds. Encourage your littles to use their imagination to spot different shapes.

Berry Picking

Explore Local Landmarks 

If you’re like most people, you make it a point to visit each landmark at every one of your vacation destinations, but you have yet to explore the sites in your own city. Make this summer the summer you change that. From local art galleries to living museums to state parks to historic farms, identify what your city has to offer and visit a new place each week.

Don’t stop at museums and parks, though. Get a schedule of all the local flea markets and farmer’s markets and shop there instead of big box stores. Have breakfast as the same diner once a week to get to know the locals better. Go to a demolition derby, and have fun at the fair when it’s in town.

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Stimulate the Brain 

Your child doesn’t need to be doing math problems or reading a book to stimulate the brain (Though, math and books are good!). Encourage your child to take up a new hobby, such as juggling, bike riding or surfing, as a fun way to engage the cerebrum and get them moving. Play a game of I-spy or Simon Says, or set up a scavenger hunt in the backyard. Set up an obstacle course using household items to enhance your child’s visual perception, motor skills, coordination, motor planning, critical thinking and problem solving capabilities.

Get Creative

Arts and crafts are another fun way to stimulate the brain. Bring the art supplies outdoors and let your kids gain inspiration from nature. Better yet, let your kids gather the materials they need from Mother Nature herself. Press flowers, paint rocks or hold a photoshoot using your landscape as the backdrop. Bust out the sidewalk chalk and let your little ones turn the side of your home into a mural. Play with clay, string beads together or make a summer sketch diary. Let their imaginations run free to see what they can create.

Boy on bike

Just Play 

Sometimes, it’s just best to let your kids be kids. In between interacting with nature, visiting local landmarks and painting the sidewalk, give your kids the tools they need to just have fun. Though they can likely come up with ideas on their own, below are just a few that every kid enjoys:

  • Have a water gun or water balloon fight.

  • Run in the sprinklers.

  • Have a bubble blowing contest.

  • Play a game of HORSE.

  • Climb trees.

  • Ride a bike.

  • Have a hula-hooping contest.

  • Go fishing.

Whether you have all day to spend with your kids during the summer or just a few hours each week, use the above ideas to make the most of their time off. Taking the time to do something new will ensure they make memories that will last a lifetime.