It is a fact that water is more important to us than food for our immediate survival. A human can survive for up to several weeks without food, but can only live for a maximum of a few days without water. The human body is over 55% water, and on a daily basis you can lose up to 7 pints, or 4 litres through urine, sweat and exhaled breath.
dizziness, headache, fatigue, fuzzy short-term memory and sometimes even the sensation of extreme hunger. How confusing is that, when the hunger is just thirst in disguise! Unfortunately, it can be quite easy to mistake the body’s signals for needing water as a sign of hunger.
If your mouth is dry, and you feel thirsty, your natural response is to reach for some fluid. Do you know why your mouth goes dry when you need to rehydrate? Well, it’s because the body redirects all the available water to the most essential organs needed to keep you alive in the immediate short term. One of these is your brain, for instance, which is around 75% water.
before a meal is a really good idea. This is because the stomach’s receptors will perceive the fullness and dampen your appetite. Drinking water also flushes out toxins and helps to increase metabolism. Therefore you burn more calories too! It will also ensure you have healthy skin, and may reduce loose skin following weight loss.
water is when your urine is almost colourless, or a pale straw colour, and is odourless. If it’s dark yellow and strong smelling, that’s often an indication that you are dehydrated. But don’t fool yourself into thinking that reaching for a large G&T is a good way to increase your fluid intake….
It also increases our sensation of hunger. So no, it’s not your imagination that you always feel hungry after a few drinks; it’s actually almost impossible not to! Medical research has shown that when we consume alcohol, it stimulates the production of a hunger-increasing hormone.
look just like a cocktail. Try to garnish it with slices of cucumber, lemon, lime, or orange, plus loads of ice of course! Most fresh fruit and vegetables consist of between 70 to 95 per cent water too, of course. So eating plenty of these will also help to increase your daily fluid intake.
You’re probably quite familiar with the standard guideline of consuming 8 x 8oz glasses, or 2 litres, of water per day, to stay hydrated. But did you know that realistically, it all depends on your body weight? Generally speaking, for every 2lbs of body weight, you need around 1oz, or 3cl of water. So, the heavier you are, the more water you need.
Harvard Medical recently published research results, that indicated that individuals that consumed two large glasses of water just before eating they consumed on average around 20% less than previously. It was believed that this was down to the stretching and fullness sensation in the stomach.
It is true..the colder the water the better. Fresh water has no calories, it is the perfect thing to drink for those trying to lose weight. Drinking cold water does have an effect on your metabolism. Why ? Simple, your body temperature is 98.6F, as is your urine, by the way. So when you drink the ice cold water your body has to do a little work to heat up the water to 98.6F. The increase in metabolism is small, but it is there.
When you are on a diet, regularly drinking cool fresh water is essential. Water removes the build up of waste that can accumulate in your body as you go through a weight loss regime. Water is essential for removing waste in urine and faeces.
Of course drinking water helps you to lose weight. That is if you drink it instead of Cola, Fruit Juice, Milky Drinks, or Alcohol even. Research has continually shown that substituting even a few normally sweetened drinks has a long term effect on weight loss. Additionally, the consumption of liquid calories often slips in under the radar.
No Water, No Weight Loss. Without water your body just cannot properly metabolise stored fat or carbohydrates. The process of metabolising fat is called lipolysis. Set a daily level of the amount of cool fresh water you are going to drink each day and stick to it.
Drinking enough water is essential for burning off fat from the food and drink you consume. Water is also vital for the removal of stored body fat. A recent review found that increased water intake led to increased lipolysis and a loss of fat in animal studies.
As soon as your stomach starts to feel full it signals the brain, the message says “I am full don’t send anything else down here”. The stomach however cannot distinguish between food and water/liquid. So, using water to take up space in the stomach, will lead to a sensation of fullness and reduce hunger. Also a person may think that they are hungry when they are actually thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before reaching for something to eat can help to curb unnecessary snacking.
Some of the above has been taken from Medical News Today.
how much you should drink each day is different for everybody. Factors such as your age, mobility, your diet and the temperature all come into the equation. The best rule is to ensure that you always drink when you are thirsty.
is the colour of your urine, it should be almost clear in colour, if it is dark or has a strong odor it is a sign that you are possibly dehydrated. Over consumption of water can be dangerous, it is very rare but it is important to be aware of the risks.
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