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The Top 10 Reasons We Need to Drink Water!
1. Water is the substance of life Life can not exist without water. We must constantly be adding fresh water to our body in order to keep it properly hydrated. Water can be a miracle cure for many common ailments such as headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and much more. We can go for weeks without food, but only 3 days without water!
2. The body is comprised of 80% water Water makes up nearly 85 percent of your brain, about 80 percent of your blood and about 70 percent of your lean muscle. (Because there are a lot of tissues that have less water, the average is about 50 percent.).
3. Water Source It is difficult for the body to get water from any other source than water itself. Soft drinks and alcohol steal tremendous amounts of water from the body. Other beverages such as coffee and tea are diuretics therefore stealing precious water from the body.
4. A vital role Water plays a vital role in nearly every bodily function. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
5. Water transports and Metabolizes Water is essential for proper digestion, nutrient absorption and chemical reactions. The carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food are metabolized and transported by water in the bloodstream. No less important is the ability of water to transport waste material out of our bodies.
6. Water is essential for proper circulation in the body. The levels of oxygen in the bloodstream are greater when the body is well hydrated. The more oxygen the body has readily available the more fat it will burn for energy without the presence of oxygen the body cannot utilize stored fat for energy efficiently. Not only will the body burn more fat when well hydrated but because there are increased oxygen levels you will also have more energy.
7. Removes Toxins Water helps remove toxins from the body, in particular from the digestive tract. Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.
In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
8. Regulates cooling system Water regulates the body's cooling system. Sports drinks are useful when consumed after or during vigorous and prolonged exercise in high heat. But most experts agree that water works better than carbohydrates or sugared beverages for moderate exercise. For instance, if you drink 12 ounces of plain water, your body will absorb 8 ounces of it within 15 minutes.
If you drink 12 ounces of a 10% sugar solution, less than 1 ounce will be absorbed in the same period. The typical soft drink is a 10 to 12% sugar solution.
9. Chronic Cellular Dehydration Consistent failure to drink enough water can lead to Chronic Cellular Dehydration. This condition where the body's cell are never quite hydrated enough leave them in a weakened state, vulnerable to attack from disease. It weakens the body's overall immune system and leads to chemical, nutritional and pH imbalances that can cause a host of diseases.
10. Dehydration can happen in winter Dehydration can occur at any time of the year, not only during the summer months when it is hot. The dryness that occurs during winter can dehydrate the body even quicker than when it is hot. When you are dehydrated you tend to eat more.
General Rule: Due to the fact that every body is different the rule we often hear about drinking 8-8oz. Of water per day can be misleading. We need to drink half our body weight in ounces of water every day to provide the body with its MINIMUM water replacement requirements. Triple the intake for better results.
I want to know more about WHY water is good for me, don't you?
Click the picture to the left and read about other cool reasons why water is important for your body.
I am always interested in anything that will increase my chances to lose weight in a healthy way and guess what? It turns out water will aid in weight loss. Now trainers in the past have told me to drink water but never told me why.
Can you tell that I am a need to know type of gal?
According to this guy Matt Weik, also from Bodybulding.com says, Yes! water definitely plays a role in weight loss.
Will Water Help Me Lose Weight?
Does Water Effect Weight?
Daily Weight Gain - By drinking more water per day, you will have a series of weight gains throughout the day as a quart (32 oz) of water weighs two pounds. So, as I write this article and sip from my 32 oz glass, I will gain two lbs in the next 90 minutes. Now, I will likely be interrupted by Mother Nature and lose 1-2 lbs from the previous 32 oz glass of water I drank after my early workout. The easy answer is yes - drinking water does affect weight significantly enough to be seen on a scale immediately. Usually, in a 24 hour period, you will cycle through this process of gaining water weight and losing water weight and have either a net loss or stable weight for the day.
What About Weight Loss? - Here is where I came up with the saying - "Want to Lose weight? - Just Add Water!" Adding more water to your diet will help you lose weight a few ways. ONE - hunger suppressant - you will not be as hungry when drinking water through the day as your stomach will constantly have something flowing through it. TWO - when your body realizes it is getting enough water, it will allow you to release retained waters from your cells through digestion.
I had a client who lost 20 pounds in one week after adding JUST water to his diet. He was so bloated, his rings did not fit him, stomach was large, and socks would indent his lower legs when he removed them. Have you ever felt bloated, hands and feet puffy, belly extended - well this is your body holding onto water. This could also be a symptom of a variety of medical issues so alerting your doctor is never a bad idea when bloated for long periods of time with no relief. But it is also easily removed by adding water if you are just bloated due to dehydration or high sodium diet.
How to Get Enough Water
You can eat fruits an & vegetables to aid in consumption. According to goodtoknow.com & Delmonte.com you can eat the following to help.
Food % water
If you want to know how many oz of water you should be drinking you can take your weight, multiply it by 2/3 or 67%. This gives you the total ounces you should consume.
For me: 190 lbs x 67% = 127oz
It seems like a lot, but the heavier you are the more you need to drink.
For a simple cheat guide click here
- Water reduces fatigue
- Water is important for proper digestion and nutrient absorption
- Helps increases circulation
- Removes toxins
- Helps boost immune system by stabilizing the bodies PH Balance
- Reduces bloating
- Reduces headaches - even Tension headaches
- Eat Fruits & Veggies to help in achieving your daily intake goal.
Do's & Don'ts
- DO drink 2/3 of your body weight in water
- DO drink ice cold water if you are interested in weight loss
- DO try to find the purest water possible
- DON’T drink too much water in a short period of time. People have died See stories and explanation here.
- DON’T drink soda! Soda depletes your body of water. If you drink coffee, you need to drink the same oz of coffee in water on top of your daily consumption to create a balance. Example If I drink a 20oz latte, I need to add an additional 20oz of water to my 127oz daily water intake. That is 147oz of water. I love my coffee so I am attempting to do this.
I challenge you to give it a try and as always be good to YOU!