Water without a doubt is the most important component of the human body. It is involved in every bodily function and makes up at least 70% of your body weight.
Water helps to maintain your bodies temperature, it helps to metabolize body fat, aids in digestion, water also lubricates and cushions organs, water transports nutrients through the body and flushes toxins from your body.
The blood running through your veins is approximately 90% water.
You didnt know that did you? Your blood transports nutrients through your system.
If you are not getting enough water your body will take these nutrients from wherever it can in your body to feed itself. If you are dehydrated this can cause the closing of some smaller capillaries making your blood thicker and raising the chance of blood clotting.
This can also affect you by having serious implications regarding hypertension, high cholesterol and heart disease.
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Water contributes to energy storage along with glycogen. Without water, extra amounts of glucose remain in your bloodstream until reaching the liver, the extra glucose is stored as fat.
Your body takes water from inside cells in an effort to compensate for a dehydrated state, including fat cells. Less water in your fat cells means less mobilization of fat for energy.
One of your liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into energy.
The kidneys are responsible for filtering toxins, wastes, ingested water, and salts out of the bloodstream. If you are dehydrated, the kidneys cannot function properly, and the liver must work overtime to compensate.
As a result, it metabolizes less fat. So remember, if you are trying to decrease the amount of fat on your body, drink plenty of water.
Dehydration can also cause muscle weakness, fatigue, dizziness headaches, arthritis and heartburn.
So next time you are tired in the middle of the day make sure you are well hydrated.
One great thing about water is that it is a natural suppressant. Have a glass before every meal and between and you will definitely find yourself eating less.
It is better to drink water in pure form instead of relying on getting it from drinks like coffee or pop etc because these products have caffeine and caffeine is actually a diuretic.
Diuretics increase your need for water because they force stored water out of your system along with essential nutrients.
How much should you drink?
How much water you need to drink is a hard question to answer but there are some general rules.
If you are a physically active person you will require more water and if you have more muscle mass you will also require more.
Different factors will determine how much water you need on a day to day basis. Out in the sun, swinging a sledge hammer, sitting on the couch etc.
Depending on body weight etc you will need anywhere from 8 to 13 eight ounce glasses of water a day.
My method is to drink water throughout the day and if my urine is more clear than it is yellow then I know I am getting enough.
Yes I said it, if your urine is more yellow than clear then you are not getting enough water. Spread it out over the day and stop drinking fluids a couple hours before bed time or you will be up throughout the night going to the washroom.
You can drink to much though
Now on the other side of the scale although uncommon, it is quite possible to drink too much water.
Drinking an excessive amount can overwhelm your kidneys’ ability to get rid of the water. This can lead to hyponatremia ( an electrolyte disturbance), a condition in which excess water dilutes the normal amount of sodium in your blood.
Typical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, headache and malaise. Sad to say but this condition can result in death. Dont be frightened now because this condition is very rare.
This article is about promoting the benefits of drinking water.
This wonderful elixir called water can help to cure or prevent constipation. When the body does not get enough water it siphons what it needs internally.
The colon is one of those spots siphoned from. So the result causes you to be constipated. When you resume normal water drinking habits your bowel will start functioning normal in no time.
Water is definitely something you want to start making sure you are getting enough of. Do yourself a favor and start getting enough. It will improve the way you feel think and function.