All the fitness programs mention that water is the most important tool in the battle against being overweight. Why is that?
In my research to find answers, I found two very educational articles about the benefits of drinking water in Natural Muscle Magazine and Oxygen Women’s Fitness. And here is what I learned and want to share with you.
The human body is made out of 55 – 75% of water and the leaner you are the more water you hold. This is because your muscles hold more water than fat. It means that water is crucial to your health: every system of your body depends on it and it’s the most important nutrient – besides oxygen – to stay alive.
Water offers many benefits to your health that you cannot afford to be dehydrated. There is no substitute for water; not coffee, tea, soda or even fruit juices. None of them will accomplish the purpose of hydrating your body properly. Water means water.
So, why are we always advised by health professionals and fitness programs to drink at least 8 glasses (about 2 liters) of water daily? Because depending on your age, activity level, climate, temperature, and a few other factors, drinking 8 glasses of water daily is the proper way to maintain the right hydration levels.
The role of water plays in your body is to maintain the proper metabolism:
- It helps you lose weight by flushing by-products of fat breakdown.
- It helps to regulate and maintain our body temperature.
- Its presence in the blood carries oxygen and nutrients to all our cells.
- It moisturizes air in our lungs.
- It’s used as a conductor for all the substances in the body.
- It cleans toxins from all our body parts.
- It increases the immune system.
- It is essential for digesting food.
- It helps to cushion our joints.
- It helps the body to fight against diseases.
- It is great for anti-aging by making the skin supple and taut.
Keep in mind that the body naturally loses water through breathing, sweating, or using the restroom. That’s why you need to replenish your body with significant amounts of water to try to make up for the loss. This loss of water is known as dehydration and it can have harmful effects like exhaustion, migraines, dry skin, muscle cramps, constipation, kidney problems, heart racing, and confusion. If you experience some of these symptoms – like dark yellow or orange color urine, tired, dry skin, thirsty, or hungry – you might be dehydrated.
Here are some tips to help you to stay hydrated:
- Drink 8 to 10 cups of water throughout the day even if you are not thirsty. Especially around exercise time.
- Avoid alcohol, it is a diuretic.
- Avoid outside activities during the hottest time of the day.
- Avoid drinking too much caffeine in the form of coffee, tea, sodas, energy drinks, or pills. All of them will make you urinate in excess.
- Stay hydrated by eating fresh fruits and veggies throughout the day.
And talking about water and its benefits, I found out something really exciting! Did you know that drinking cold water helps you to lose weight?
Believe it or not when you drink cold water, the first thing your body does is heat that water up to the body temperature. This process takes approximately 50 calories to rise the temperature of 8 ounces of iced cold water to body temperature. It means that if you drink 8 to 10 cups of COLD water each day, you’ll burn an extra 400 to 500 calories. How about dropping 1 pound per week just by drinking water? Isn’t that fabulous?????
You might want to consider water as your favorite drink!