Ever since I’ve been accepted into a drum corps, I’ve had to change on what I do to my body in order to survive the summer. As people in marching band, or any sport, drinking water is very important. It is said that eight cups of water a day is enough to stay hydrated and healthy. Eight cups is equal to four pints, which is equal to about half a gallon. Unfortunately, most people don’t usually put enough direct water in their body for the day. Many people tend to get their water content from coffee, sports drinks, and even soft drinks. From New Year’s Day, I have been drinking a gallon of water (or more) a day, double the amount of what a person should usually drink. Starting from day one, it was very difficult to try and measure how much water I was actually drinking, for the few days left on break in January, I had to go through eight pint-sized water bottles, which was very expensive on my household. However, once school started up, I was able to pick up a one gallon jug from a gas station, which I had cleverly named ‘The Jug’. From there, I was able to tell how much water I was consuming, which I could plan and space out accordingly. A few things I did notice, was how well my body was handling the amounts of water at one time. Right away, my skin was much clearer, my hair was stronger, and I had also noticed that I less prone to sickness, which is good for this time of the year. Although drinking water is good for you, they do say that too much can be bad for you. When too much water enters the body, the water will dissolve the sodium in your bloodstream, causing your brain to literally flood. I do try and keep this ratio up as much as I can. After drinking lots of water, eating salty foods or even a small pinch or two of salt can help with giving you that small energy boost that you need to keep you going throughout the day. After about a month of drinking nothing but water, I can confidently say that the positives far outweigh the negatives. If you want to take after myself, I suggest the following steps: Find a gallon jug of water, and drink about half of it through your day. Doing that for a few days, move on to drinking about three quarters of the gallon for one day, until you are comfortable enough to drink the entire gallon in one day. After this, you will soon be able to feel the effects of the water within days.