I Tried Drinking Water, Black Coffee, And Black Tea For Two Weeks. Here Is What I Noticed

Keara Lou
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We all know the benefits of drinking water. We’re told all the time to drink eight glasses of water a day for maximum health. It keeps us looking young, keeps us fuller longer, and keeps our body lubricated and functioning. I don’t need to waste time with the benefits.

From our school days to every doctor visit, we hear we need to drink more water. Unless we see the benefits for ourselves, how many will take that advice?

About a year ago, I decided to try an experiment. What happened if I cut off my drink supply and stuck to water, tea, and coffee?

How my experiment worked

For two weeks, my diet stayed relatively the same, but I drastically changed what I drank.

  • Water
  • Black Coffee
  • Black tea

Yes, that means no alcohol or pop. Any time I felt hungry between meals, I’d drink water. Before meals, I’d drink a whole bottle of water. After meals, I’d drink another bottle of water.

As the weeks went by, I noticed little changes in what happened to my body. The only reason I stopped at two weeks was the schools closed. Life happened, and I got sloppy.

However, I plan on trying a month of this experiment in the future. If I got excellent benefits in two weeks, imagine what I could get in a month!

Benefit 1: Easier portion control

Before and after every meal, I downed a bottle of water. Even if I wasn’t thirsty, consistency matters. Days after starting my water experiment, I noticed I wasn’t eating as much during meals. I’d eat half my plate, or I’d stop after one helping. The amount I ate dropped.

Let me be clear about something. I debated about writing this particular benefit on this article. I’m not saying the water experiment helped me to lose weight. I didn’t weigh myself enough to notice a difference. Losing weight wasn’t the goal. Improving my overall health was my goal. If I healthily lost weight, cool. But I’m not going to write an article celebrating my weight loss.

Benefit 2: Hangovers are easier to manage.

Ok, I know I said I only drank three drinks in those two weeks. However, life happened. And I found myself with a few drinks.

So apparently, life after thirty means being susceptible to hangovers. In my twenties, I could drink, but the next day I’d be looking better than my friends. It was like a superpower. However, the more advanced in my thirties I become, the more susceptible to hangovers I get. So naturally, my drinking went way down after thirty. Why would anyone want to subject themselves to a day-long monster headache?

The morning after, I expected to wake up with a monster headache and the urge to vomit. However, because I drank so much water in the past few weeks, the pain and nausea were nearly non-existent. Perhaps there’s a way for me to get my superpower back after all. But I’m not going to try that out anytime soon.

Benefit 3: I use the bathroom more, but I’m out a lot quicker

I’m not going to spend too much time on this one. Not everybody wants to hear dirty details of people’s bathroom habits. It felt like every half an hour, I had to take a bathroom break. However, I was in and out so fast I didn’t need to bring my phone with me. If that’s not surprising, I don’t know what is.

Benefit 4: I slept better

My first thought when drinking water was, I’d be up all night going in and out of the bathroom. It could one day be a disaster when my bedroom is upstairs, and both bathrooms are downstairs. It turns out I slept through the night and didn’t get up at all to use the bathroom. While it was a nice change, I don’t think the water was the reason for it. I think it came from drinking less caffeine, sugar, and alcohol in general.

Benefit 5: My headaches disappeared

Growing up, I had headaches all my life. There were two reasons I knew of them. One part was my glasses. The other part was my lactose intolerance. The third reason? Dehydration. I realized how little water I was drinking before I started the experiment. I don’t know how to describe the fresh feeling flowing through your head.

The takeaway

I expected to get the primary benefits of drinking water. A lot of the benefits I wrote about were things I didn’t expect. I never expected fewer headaches from water, for example.

The next time I do this experiment, I’m not going to do it for a couple of weeks. I’m going to do it for a month and document little changes happening in my body. Water is a magical thing.

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I'm a Forever Middle-Child who doesn't have the ability to sit still. I often write about travel, relationships, life, books, food, humor, and life as a fat woman. Women's issues are a passion of mine too. I often write a lot of opinion pieces about what's going on in the world with a little touch of politics. I'll write about anything that comes to mind.

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