Am I Drinking Enough Water?

by Colene Stovall 11 months ago in health

Amazing, But True Facts About Water

Am I Drinking Enough Water?

Amazing, But True Facts About Water

We all know that water is important, but did you know...

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated and they don’t even know it (This likely applies to half of the worlds’ population as well.).
  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it’s often mistaken for hunger.
  • Even MILD dehydration will slow down a person’s metabolism as much as 3%.
  • According to a study at the University of Washington, one glass of water stopped midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters who participated in the study.
  • Lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue.
  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water (depending on the person) a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger headaches, fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
  • Drinking five glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and a person is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
  • At least four ounces of water every hour helps connect the left brain to the right brain, enhancing concentration, memory and improves the attention span (This is especially effective for children diagnosed with ADD).

Why is drinking water so essential to weight loss?

  • Water suppresses the appetite and fills you up… so you eat less.
  • Water helps metabolize fat. The more water you drink, the more reduced your fat deposits become.
  • When you drink water, the kidneys function properly without help from the liver. So the liver spends more time doing its own job: and that is metabolizing fat into energy.
  • Drinking more water actually reduces bloating and water retention. When your body needs water, it kicks in to ‘survival mode’ and begins retaining water in spaces outside your cells, causing your skin to swell. When you replenish your body’s natural water store, the excess water is released.
  • Sometimes the body retains water to dilute an overabundance of salt. Drinking water also rids the body of excess salt, flushing it out through the kidneys.
  • Water is the secret to healthy, resilient skin. It helps maintain muscle tone, improves skin elasticity and contributes to clear, glowing skin.
  • Water relieves constipation. Constipation is caused when the body, desperate for water, siphons it from the colon.
  • I said earlier to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. This is NOT always the rule of thumb though, because you can get water from some of your fruits and veggies, such as apples, strawberries, watermelon, iceberg lettuce, grapes, oranges, spinach, celery, grapefruit, tomatoes and cucumbers…
  • Increase water intake when doing heavy or intense exercise, on a hot day or in dry weather.
  • Cool or room temperature water is absorbed into the system more quickly that warm water. There are some studies that have also shown cool water helps burn more calories.
  • When your body fluids get out of balance (you experience fluid retention, unexplained weight gain and loss of thirst), drink more water to force a breakthrough
  • When your body gets all the water it needs, it causes a breakthrough: body fluids are balanced, water retentions alleviated, the liver metabolizes more fat, endocrine gland function improves and natural thirst returns.

Other basic facts about water

Water is the true elixir of life. But water is far more popular for recreation and water sports than for its actual natural purpose—and that is… .hydrating the body to maintain life. Because as we all know that if you go without water, we will eventually die.

In my line of work as a personal trainer and nutrition specialist, I’ll tell my clients they need to be drinking more water if they indeed need to be.

And sometimes they’ll tell me that they don’t like the taste of water and they can’t drink that much water. Again, I’ve met people who don’t drink any water… none…

Well, I have to emphasize that water is essential, not only to life but also to the success of any nutritional program. So, get over the fact that we may not like it and start drinking water or drinking more water!

Before we proceed any further, let’s look at a few basic facts about this wonderful, wet substance:

  • Muscle is 74.8% water (on average). That’s why muscle are approximately three times heavier per inch than fat.
  • A person’s total body weight is typically about 59%-70% water weight.
  • On average, a person’s fat weight is approximately 21.2% water weight.
  • Blood (which is mostly water) makes up about 8% of the average person’s body weight.

We already talked about how much water you should drink. That’s a big question since we are all genetically and biochemically unique and different.

Twenty-four hours per day your body is losing water.

You lose water with every breath you exhale because there is moisture in it.

You lose water all day through the pores of your skin, even when you don’t know you are perspiring, and even if you are absolutely still.

Of course, you also lose water when you urinate, and even solid waste contains water.

The point is, you must have water not only to live, but, if you become dehydrated, it can make you feel sick, and drinking water helps you to feel well again. Headaches, fatigue, weakness, etc. may result from inadequate hydration. If you do nothing strenuous, you need at least 48 ounces of water daily to stay hydrated. The more you push your system, the more water you need.

Also, the more excess body fat you have, the more water you really need to be drinking because fat lowers your hydration efficiency. People trying to lose weight should avoid scales since water is heavy and clouds your measurement of true fat loss.

If you are trying to lose weight and have a lot of weight to lose, then you should be drinking more water than the average person. A general rule is to drink half your body weight in ounces. Example: 200 lbs. requires 100 ounces of water daily (for tough weight loss cases). Toxins are stored in the fat lining of the cells and adequate water intake in vital to flush out those toxins so they’re not floating around in the body and causing problems. This is for any amount of weight loss.

I also want to say that this: it doesn’t happen often, but you can drink too much water or have too much liquid intake. Your body won’t lose if it is oversaturated. Inside it’s like a un-wrung out sponge. So honestly, no more than 80 oz. a day, unless you have a lot of weight to lose, as mentioned earlier, that’s the exception…

Remember: water is essential to your health and well-being.

Colene Stovall
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