Health and Weight Loss Benefits of Drinking Water

by Maria on November 14, 2013

In biblical times water was the healthiest drink available, just as clean water is part of a healthy weight loss diet nowadays.

“Daniel then said to the guard, whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, ‘Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food and treat your servants in accordance with what you see’. At the end of the ten days, they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.” (Da 1:11-13, 15)

Research has found that staying properly hydrated with water is vital to good health and weight loss.
Fluid losses occur continuously from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool. Hence, when your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. For this reason the lost fluids must be replaced daily for good health. In fact, severe dehydration can cause organ failure and death. It’s no wonder we can only survive a few days at best without water!

What is more, the need for water in the body is so great, that a physician wrote an entire book on how those with chronic neck and back pain need to consider the amount of water they are getting.

Studies show that proper water balance in the human body is essential to:

  • The flow of electrolytes across cell boundaries;
  • Circulation of oxygen and nutrients in the blood and providing the cells of your body with enough oxygen;
  • Your cognitive function, concentration and alertness, by supplying your brain with oxygen;
  • Flushing  waste and toxins, produced after your body’s metabolism of fat, out of vital organs through the liver and kidneys, and by doing so, boosting your immune system, helping weight loss, rejuvenating your body, eliminating stress and fatigue and reducing the chances of you getting cancer, migraines, headaches, respiratory disorders, the flu, bad breath, etc.;
  • Regulating the digestive tract;
  • Regulating body temperature;
  • Normal bowel function. Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly;
  • Providing a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues;
  • Building and toning muscles by supplying them with nutrients like protein, and glycogen, etc., and lubricating your joints;
  • The work of your kidneys and reducing your risks of getting cancer of the colon, and bladder;
  • Reducing the chances of heart disease ( in particular, dehydration places unnecessary strain on your heart to pump blood to all your body cells);
  • Maintaining the required PH in your body.

Besides, water keeps you young, helps skin look good and eliminates skin disorders, such as eczema, spots and psoriasis.

How Water Can Help you Lose Weight and Keep it off

For starters, without sufficient hydration, the body’s tissues, cells, and organs are not able to function appropriately and may inhibit weight loss.

It has been found that drinking water is the safest way to lose weight. Namely, it is effective in:

  • Flushing toxins by eliminating any by-products that are produced after the metabolism of fat and preventing the fat from backing up;
  • Increasing satiety, thereby, reducing appetite;
  • Reducing your calorie intake due to its being calorie-free.

To learn how to include water in your weight loss diet, follow the steps below:

  • Drink water at regular intervals (preferably, a cup every hour) throughout the day. This will keep you feeling full;
  • Drink a cup of water before, during and after a meal to aid digestion and speed up weight loss.( In fact, drinking two cups of water before all three meals helped dieters lose weight and keep it off);
  • Replace sweetened drinks with water or energy-free beverages, such as tea;
  • Try to drink cold water to speed your metabolism;
  • Match any alcohol consumption with equal amounts of water;
  • Cut salt intake to lose water weight;
  • Follow a short water detox diet plan involving significant fluid intake to flush toxins from the system. Water detox plans also typically promote naturally water-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables with lower energy density, and broth-based soups;
  • Combine a calorie-restricted diet and a water diet;
  • Try replacing a single meal with water;
  • Drink water before, during and after exercise.

However, water diet will be most effective at boosting weight loss when combined with an exercise plan and a healthy, balanced diet.

Warning: Experts suggest that drinking too much water can cause an electrolyte imbalance, kidney damage, and death. Therefore, do not drink water to excess or replace meals with water, without careful replacement of electrolytes!

In truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live. For example, fluid losses are accentuated in warmer climates, during strenuous exercise, in high altitudes, and in older adults, whose sense of thirst may not be as sharp.

Finally, for health and weight loss reasons, make sure you are getting enough water. Most experts suggest that you drink 8 glasses of water a day. You can tell that you are getting enough water when you urine flows freely, is light in color, and free of odor.

So, go ahead and drink your water!

Thank me later 😉

 

 

 

 

 

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