The "CUBE 30 DAY GALLON CHALLENGE"! Starting September 1st, 2016, we challenge you to try and drink 1 Gallon of water DAILY for 30 days! There is no entry fee or prizes, we just want to help you guys get into a heathy habit of drinking the right amount of water that your body needs to function at its highest potential. It will be awesome to get your friends and family involved. Share your experience on social media to keep yourself motivated and to motivate others! Make sure to tag @thecrossfitcube and use our official hashtag #CUBE30GALLON.
We all know that the recommended amount of water one should drink is eight, 8 ounce cups of water a day, but how many of us actually follow through? Trust me, I know how hard it is- I don’t want to say I hate water, but I dislike it very, very, very much. However, water is so essential to our bodies and nutrition it’d be silly not try.
Our bodies are made up of about 65% of water; blood is composed of 83% of water, muscles 75%, brain matter 74% and bones 22%, making the consumption of it vital to our health. Those eight cups help maintain our pH balance (levels of alkalinity in our blood), along with the prevention of constipation, heartburn, and migraines. Water helps us maintain our body temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, helps our skin tone and flushes out toxins reducing the risk of pimples and clogged pores. When it comes to nutrition and metabolism, water plays a very important role: it carries hormones, oxygen, and nutrients to cells and it is also involved with the removal of waste material, toxins, and dead cells. Did you know that water also helps promote weight-loss?! The benefits of drinking water throughout the day are both countless and priceless.
Water is an inorganic nutrient and when we don’t have enough of it, we run the risk of dehydration, increase the risk of kidney stones and in women urinary tract infections may become a problem. Our mental and physical performance may suffer as well as our salivary gland functions. Some symptoms of dehydration include: headaches, slow response time, dry or cracked lips, weakness, tiredness, etc. If left untreated urination stops and the kidneys fail.
Living in South Florida, where we have the privilege of enduring scorching hot climate, we must take extra care of ourselves and make sure we stay hydrated as hot and warm settings require an even greater water intake. If you find yourself on a high protein and/or fiber diet, physically active, pregnant or breastfeeding, vomiting or suffering from diarrhea, our water consumption should also increase.
So, we coaches challenge you to first evaluate how much water you drink in a day. Once you establish your daily intake, double that! (Always in moderation- remember that anything in excess can be bad, even water! And hyponatremia, or water intoxication, is just as dangerous as dehydration). We will be starting a 30 Day Gallon Challenge September 1st, 2016! If one gallon is a bit too much for you, don't be discouraged, start with half a gallon and progress from there. I know how hard it can be, but it can be done, trust me! This is coming from someone who drank zero water throughout the day and even had a glass of Coke with cereal for breakfast. I started little by little, one cup at a time, and now I’m done with all 8 cups by 6pm! If you guys have any questions or need a little help, please see a coach ☺ Bottoms up everybody!
Written with love,
Coach Diana :)
For more info check out these sources: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au & www.organicfacts.net