A British woman made news recently after she chronicled her 28 day water drinking challenge. Sarah Smith, 42, claims that drinking 100 ounces of water a day, for 28 days straight has given her a miraculous make-over. She now says she looks ten years younger.


Smith wrote about her water journey for the U.K.’s Daily Mail and provided them with before and after pictures. Prior to her water challenge, Smith complained to her doctor about frequent headaches and upon his suggestion, she implemented more water in her diet. Smith says the water drastically improved her skin by removing wrinkles and circles from under her eyes.

Smith’s claims aren’t that far-fetched. Doctors have always recommended drinking water, but not too many people can say they get an adequate amount each day. But what exactly is “adequate”? According to the Mayo Clinic, there’s not a single formula out there that says how much a person should drink a day. A person’s water needs depends on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.  There’s always the “8 by 8” rule that a lot of people follow.  8 glasses of 8 ounces of water a day. Which is pretty easy to remember.

Personally, I know I’m horrible when it comes to drinking water, even with having a hot and cold water dispenser in my house. I typically try to drink at least 4 bottles of water a day and more if I’m exercising.  Juices and sodas aren’t allowed in my house, so there’s not much to choose from when it comes to beverages.  Who knows, maybe I’ll try the 100 ounces for 28 days drinking challenge. Not that I have bags or circles under my eyes, but it wouldn’t hurt to see what other benefits could come of it.

Clutchettes, how much water do you drink on a daily basis?

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  • I almost drink 2 liters a day. More if its a gym day. I used to hate water. Wouldn’t touch it. Nothing but soda or 15% juices or drinks. Now I don’t even look at soda (except to use as a chaser) and I won’t touch juice unless its 100% and even then I dilute it with H2O

  • There’s no scientific proof that people need 8 glasses a day (look it up if you don’t believe me). If you look at the photos closely you will see that the light is placed differently in the first photo so there are shadows. The shadows aren’t visible in the second photo so she looks younger. Her skin looks clearer in the second photo but I don’t know if that can’t be explained by lighting or by her wearing a skin primer.

  • I keep a liter of water on my desk daily to remind me to drink my water! I even infuse it w/ fruit and herbs!

    My skin thanks me!

  • march pisces

    i try to get my gallon in before 6pm that way by time i go to bed i’ve hopefully released the majority so i’m not up all night in the bathroom…. i love water!!!! good old michigan tap not that bottled stuff ;-) …..

  • Derrek B

    Interesting article. I’m currently dealing with cancer and have tried to up my daily water intake. We have a countertop bottleless water cooler that is great for getting fresh, cold water all day long. It’s great for a cup of tea when I need to mellow out a bit.