Winter has me struggling with dry skin and dry hair. So much so, that I'm desperately searching for more moisture. I have my humidifier running most of the time, I oil my scalp daily and my deep conditionings are more frequent. Even with all of this, I'm still feeling dry, brittle hair, skin and nails. My husband came home with a gallon of water and challenged me to drink it ALL in 1 day. Curious, I did it. (I'm ashamed to say, I usually drink only about a cup of water a day.) The next day I did it again. By day 3 my skin was noticeably shinier and supple. I also felt great! That made me look up the benefits of this gallon a day thing and I've learned so much! I challenge all of you to try it! You will notice some changes...here is what I experienced so far:
1) Clearer skin. This is a great thing for Naturals who want hair growth. The skin and scalp are all connected. If you're taking Biotin, plenty of water will prevent those nasty bumps around the jawline many experience.
2) I live in the bathroom! I suggest trying this when you have easy access to a bathroom since you will be peeing practically every 20 minutes! However, as time goes on this does lessen a bit.
3) Extreme Thirst! The more water I drank, the more thirsty I became. I learned that plain water wasn't enough. I needed to add some minerals such as a pinch of salt or a squeeze of lemon. This allows my body to absorb more water and I felt less thirsty.
4) Less Caffeine Cravings! The more water I drank, the less I craved coffee and tea. I went from drinking 4-6 cups of caffeine a day down to 2 cups a day (and some days only 1 cup!) Caffeine notoriously has a drying effect on skin, scalp and hair so less is good!
5) Dry Scalp Cure! I've found that the more water I drink, the less my scalp itches and I can skip 1 or 2 days of applying oil to my scalp! This is my favorite benefit so far!
Ultimately after doing the gallon a day challenge, I feel healthier, sleep better and notice how little I was drinking previously. If you don't drink a gallon a day, increase your water intake significantly and you WILL notice a difference. The general rule is to drink half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 180 lbs., you'd need to drink 90 oz. of water which is a 2 liter bottle & a half. It's totally worth it to do the math and see if this helps the over-all quality of your hair and scalp health. Have you tried it? Will you try it? Comment below and let me know!