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February #WaiakeaChallenge Recap

Our first month of #WAIAKEACHALLENGE is over, and we finally have the long-awaited update we promised you. We challenged ourselves and you to drink 3 liters of water for 7 days -- keep reading to find out how we did!

First of all, let's talk about why we even started this challenge. It's so important to stay hydrated! 75% of Americans actually are not properly hydrated. Proper hydration will:

  • Boost your metabolism
  • Re-hydrate your brain
  • Improve memory and cognition
  • Increase energy
  • Stimulate your digestive system
  • Promote clear, glowing skin
  • Boost your immune system
  • Increase production of blood & muscle cells

This sounds like something we all need, so we decided to challenge ourselves to drinking 3 liters per day for 7 days. Our success rate definitely wasn't 100%, but hey, we tried 🤷. 

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  • Since working at Waiakea, I have upped my water drinking game significantly to 2 liters per day. That was almost 4 years ago. Before Waiakea, I maybe drank 1 glass a day. I'm excited to see how drinking 3 liters a day will make me feel. I know from past experience that drinking lots of mineral-rich water has totally changed how I feel and function.
  • Wow! My energy levels went through the roof on day 3. I also noticed I felt less foggy or sluggish around the dreaded 4pm workday lull. I found that front-loading my water consumption (drinking 1liter before breakfast) helped me get all 3 liters in. It felt like I was literally flushing out toxins!
  • Drinking 3 liters was no sweat. It was a small jump up from 2 liters per day that I was already used to. I think this test would have been more revealing if my baseline was under 1 liter of water per day. 

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  • I've always tried to drink enough water, but usually could only squeeze 1, maybe 2, liters in per day (I know, it's not enough). Since working at Waiakea, my intake has definitely increased, but hasn't hit that daily 3 liter mark. It's gonna be a challenge but it's exciting to push myself!
  • Long story short, body physically couldn't hold 3 liters of water every day. I think I maxed out at 2.5 liters on day 3 or 4, but I still definitely felt a difference. I no longer "suffer" from chronically chapped lips and I also noticed that I didn't find myself extremely thirsty anymore.
  • Since I was pushing myself to basically double my intake, I think it was too much of a jump to go from 1-1.5 liters to 3 liters every day. I found myself forgetting to drink and falling behind, then forcing myself to chug as much water as I could to catch up. Outside of the 7 day challenge, I think that I can gradually increase my water intake to 3 liters. 

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  • I'd say my usual intake is about 2 liters per day. I guess my baseline is to drink 1 glass at every meal, so 3 glasses per day, but I should be drinking a lot more than that. Working at Waiakea has for sure helped me increase my intake, and that's important for someone like me who's always active and probably not eating the best food.
  • I've always had issues with acid reflux, and I think that drinking Waiakea has helped reduce that a ton. People say that it's supposed to help balance your body if it's too acidic -- I guess that was my issue!
  • Drinking 2 liters per day came naturally for me, it was something I didn't have to think about. Even though drinking 3 liters wasn't too much of a jump, I still had to think about it and remind myself to drink that last liter every day.

 

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  • I've always drank a lot of water. In High School and College I was on the track team and as a distance runner, drinking a substantial amount of water is pretty mandatory. Back then, coach told us to drink at least 2, 12oz glasses of water before noon everyday. On average, adult men should be drinking about 4 Liters/ day. If you find this hard to complete, you'll hate aging even more.
  • I can't really imagine not drinking as much water as I do and I don't have a low baseline to compare my current consumption against. I'll tell you this- when I don't drink enough fluids my mouth gets dry, I get a slight headache and can get cranky.
  • One of the reasons I joined the Waiakea team 6 years ago is because of how conscious I am about my water consumption. I used to tell people that water is like the oil in your car where food is the gasoline. You need both and without water everything cramps up and stops working. Another point I try to make to people is that when you get a signal from your body that you are hungry in the middle of the day- you are more than likely just dehydrated, if you are trying to lose weight or avoid food cravings, reach for the bottle of water instead to help achieve your goals.

 

How did you guys do? Comment below and tell us all about your experience! Remember, it's not too late to try it out -- we re-launched the challenge for the month of March. You could win a FREE YEAR of Waiakea! Check it out here