Every day it seems we hear about another breakthrough in nutrition and weight loss. New formulas, ideas, diets, health plans, pills, and herb combinations plaster the shelves and advertise themselves as the latest and greatest way to stay healthy and fit. While many of these can be beneficial, there is one beverage that tops all of them, and it is the oldest in the book. It is WATER.
Drinking lots of water is one of the most effective ways of losing weight. When we drink water, it suppresses our appetite, so that we eat less, and also increases our body’s metabolism. The Kidney needs water to operate well. If it doesn’t have enough water, then it gives some of its load to the Liver. The Liver is busy converting fat into energy, so if it gets too much work from the kidney, it can’t do its regular job, and as a result, less fat is used, and more fat is stored. When this is the case, it’s much harder to lose weight.
When our body is thirsty, it thinks it’s in danger, and stores every drop of water in extracellular areas. This water storage looks like fat. Drinking lots of water is the best way to flush this extra water out. When our body is given plenty of water, it snaps out of danger mood, and lets go of all the stored water.
Drinking plenty of water will also help to flush out excess sodium. Sometimes our body will store extra water because it needs it to dilute excess salt. If we simply drink more water, our body will use that to flush it out, rather than storing water to do it.
Some other things that water can help with: building proper muscles tone. Muscles need water to lubricate them and allow them to stretch and detract easily. It also helps the skin to look clear and healthy. It keeps the skin from sagging during weight loss by plumping up the shrinking cells. The body needs water to flush out extra waste. Whenever fat is metabolized it needs to go somewhere. Water helps to flush it out. Water will also help to prevent or fix constipation. When our body needs water, it knows that the colon has a lot of it, so it takes it from there. If our colon gets too dry, we get constipated.
Plenty of water will fix and prevent a lot of health problems. The optimal amount of water differs with each person. On average however, we should drink about 2 quarts per day. That’s about eight cups per day. For heavier people, more water is better.
Try this out, and note the difference in the way you feel and look. You will notice that as you drink more water, it will get easier to drink more. This is a good sign. You will feel more need for it and will be more in tune with the needs of your body.
Let us know how this goes, and add anything I may have left out. Thanks for reading!
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