Sarah Smith is a 42 year old British woman and the mother of two. For a while, she had been noticing chronic headaches, constipation, indigestion, and a variety of other health problems. Her doctor recommended that she try an experiment before seeking any kind of medication: drink three liters of water a day for a month. Pretty novel concept. A doctor prescribing water instead of pills?
Sarah had noticed herself in decline. She was 42 but looked ten years older. She had dark circles around her eyes, deep wrinkles in her face, spots on her skin; signs of someone much older. Hear older appearance was matched by feeling ten years older too. Even her lips were wrinkled! These signs she mistook for aging but were really dehydration.
Chronic dehydration weakens you severely over time. Your organs won’t function as well, it will be more difficult to get oxygen to your cells, and it can lead to some pretty severe conditions. But after one week, Sarah started feeling better. Her headaches were gone and her digestion improved.
On the 28th day, she felt healthy, her vitality had returned, she lost a little bit of weight, the dark circles around her eyes were gone; she looked like a woman her age, not a decade older.
A good rule of thumb for drinking water is to halve your body weight and drink that many ounces of water a day. So a 200 lb man should drink 100 ounces of water. I’ve heard of people drinking an ounce of water per pound of bodyweight, but if you’re chronically dehydrated, best not to overdo it at first.