Lets talk about the function of water in our body:
Water plays a key role in supporting health, particularly during weight loss when it helps remove toxins and other unhealthy substances stored in your fat cells. Being well-hydrated helps all your organs and systems function properly. In fact, every function in your body takes place in water. Its the solvent that moves nutrients, hormones, antibodies, and oxygen through your bloodstream and lymphatic system, and removes waste. And of course, its essential to your kidneys ability to filter and eliminate metabolic byproducts and toxins. If you dont drink enough, your body is forced to recycle dirty water, diminishing the efficiency of every metabolic function.
Benefits of water:
Your lungs expel between 2 & 4 cups of water each day through normal breathing even more on a cold day. If your feet sweat, there goes another cup of water. If you make half a dozen trips to the bathroom during the day, thats six cups of water. If you perspire, you expel about 2 cups of water (which doesnt include exercise-induced perspiration). In Dr As Habits of Health, he states we actually lose nearly twelve cups of water every day. And in high altitudes or dry environments, you lose even more
Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you dont have enough water in your body to carry on normal functions. Eight glasses of water every day is recommended. That amounts to about 2 quarts of water. This is adequate for the average size person, but if youre overweight, you should drink more. You should also up this if you live in a hot climate or exercise very intensely. An easy thing for me to remember is to drink as close to 100 ounces as possible, every day!
Some signs of dehydration may include:
Have you ever experienced some of the above symptoms and thought that you needed to eat? I have!
How about first grabbing an 8-12 ounce glass of water and seeing if that doesnt help? It sure wont hurt!
Additional Benefits of drinking water:
Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. A decrease in water intake may cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water can actually reduce fat deposits. Heres why: The kidneys cant function properly without enough water. When they dont work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the livers primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But, if the liver has to do some of the kidneys work, it cant operate at full throttle. As a result, it metabolizes less fat, more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss stops.
Drinking enough water is a great treatment for fluid retention. If the body receives plenty of water, the body will be able to release stored water (fluid retention). Remember, as your kidneys excrete water, it also takes away excess sodium which will also help reduce fluid retention.
Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract. You can lift weights until youre blue in the face, but if your muscles are suffering from a drought, you wont notice a pleasant difference in your appearance. Muscles that have all the water they need contract more easily, making your workout more effective and youll look much nicer than if you had flabby muscles under sagging skin.
Water also helps prevent the sagging skin shrinking cells are buoyed by water, which plumps the skin and leaves it clear, healthy and resilient. Water flushes out impurities in your skin and can leave you with a clear, younger looking, glowing complexion!
Water can help relieve constipation. When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. The colon is one primary source. When a person drinks enough water, normal bowel function can return.
Ive tried it and I couldnt stand it!
Many decide to increase their water intake but few stick with it. Thats understandable. During the first few days of drinking more water than your body is accustomed to, youre running to the bathroom constantly. This can be discouraging and it can certainly interfere with an otherwise normal day at work. It seems that the water is coming out just as fast as its going in, and many people decide that their new hydration habit is fruitless.
Have courage! What is really happening is that your body is flushing itself of the water it has been storing throughout all those years of survival mode. It takes a while, but this is a great thing happening to you. As you continue to give your body all the water it could ask for, it gets rid of what it doesnt need. It gets rid of the water it was holding onto in your ankles and your hips and thighs, maybe even around your belly! You are excreting much more than you realize. Your body figures it doesnt need to save these stores anymore; its trusting that the water will keep coming, and if it does, eventually, the flushing will cease, allowing the human to return to a normal life. This is called the breakthrough point.
Tips to Get it in!
Water consumption is best when spread throughout the day. Try to pick three or four times a day when you can have a big glass of water, and then sip in between. Dont let yourself get thirsty. If you feel thirsty, you are already becoming dehydrated. Drink when youre not thirsty yet.
Its probably a good idea to stop drinking water a few hours before you go to bed. YOU KNOW WHY!
Cold or not? This is
debatable. Most experts lean toward cold water. It is
absorbed more quickly when cold. Some evidence suggests that
drinking cold water can actually burn more calories! On the
other hand, some people drink warm water more easily,
therefore may drink more of it! Do whatever suits you. JUST
A movie theater
handed out free water that was impossible to open.
Why? To prove a point, of course. After the frustrated moviegoers stewed over their impossible bottles for a while, the following words flashed on the screen:
"If you think it's frustrating to make a little effort to drink water, just imagine how these kids feel."
The screen showed images of children who have to collect their own water every day. (Editor: Imagine if all of those theater goers were REALLY thirsty.)
The audience shifted uncomfortably in their seats.
Let's look at the facts:
1 in 9 people around the world lack access to safe drinking water. About 2,000 children die every day from water-related illnesses.
But! There's good news. Improving these water access statistics is not impossible. Between 1990 and 2002, 1 billion people gained access to safe drinking water and that number has only increased since.
It's far from time to call it quits, but the situation is improving.
Let's be real: Will handing out impossible-to-open water bottles solve the global water crisis? No. But the experiment wasn't just about subjecting people to the most frustrating packaging ever created, it was about empathizing with people who face that lack of access every day.
Because empathy can turn into action
into doing whatever you can as a human being to make
sure that your fellow human beings have the same
frustration-free access to a basic necessity for survival.
And that's pretty cool.
Shorter showers won't end our global water shortage crisis; it's shared understanding that will.