Powerful Weight Loss Nutrient

When we think of nutrients we consider vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, or proteins.

However,  after years of much study and research the experts continue to declare; “Drink More Pure Water!”

How many of us know the value of drinking water ?

WATER has become the forgotten nutrient. In fact, believe it or not,  water is one of the most valuable nutrients our bodies are in need of.   Did you know every cell in your body needs water?

Up to 60 percent of the human body is water. The brain is composed of 70 percent water, the lungs are nearly 90 percent water and about 83 percent of our blood is water, which helps digest our food, transport waste, and control body temperature. Each day we must replace a percentage of water, some through drinking and the rest taken by the body from the foods we eat.

So when we are trying to calculate how much pure drinking water to consumer per day we need to consider our body weight (half our body weight in ounces), plus age, physical condition, activity level and climate. For instance an average  person weighing 150 pounds should be drinking approximately 75 ounces of pure water each day just for the body to function properly. This equals to 9 cups (1cup=8ounces) of water per day. And when we exercise we need to add about a cup before, during and after, which has been the standard.

When we get too little water our bodies can start to dehydrate causing vital organs to work harder or even break down. When our bodies aren’t functioning properly we are at a higher risk for illness and disease from constipation to cancers.

So how does water help in weight loss?

Many people are unaware that water helps to suppress the appetite naturally as well as helping the body metabolize stored fat.

Since the kidneys cannot function efficiently without enough water, they don’t work to full capacity so they push some of their load onto the liver. The primary function of the liver is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy. If the liver is overloaded it will metabolize less fat and therefore fat is actually stored in the body.

If we are drinking none to very little water or replacing water with soda or other calorie empty soft drinks we are just adding to the dehydration as well as other harmful stressors to our body. If we are not consuming adequate amounts of water our body fluids will be thrown off balance and we can experience fluid retention and actual weight gain and loss of thirst.

Water or Soda?

The next time you reach for a soft drink please consider these facts;

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
    (Likely applies to half the world population)
  • One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs
    (for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of
    Washington study)
  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak
    that it is mistaken for hunger
  • Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as 3%
  • Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue
  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water
    a day could significantly ease back and joint pain
    for up to 80% of sufferers.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term
    memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on
    the computer screen or on a printed page
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of
    colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast
    cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop
    bladder cancer.

Keeping life choices simple is the number one lesson I have learned when it comes to working toward a healthier lifestyle.  As humans we tend to want to make things just too complex and then we wonder why we are so overwhelmed with a lack of energy to move onward with our goals.

As we look and act on simple basic truths and understandings in our wellness search, the world around us will be more in balance and in turn we will be a happier healthier person.

Onward!


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