The Water Diet – The Benefits of Staying Hydrated

Diet and Water

Keep Yourself Hydrated

It’s calorie-free, inexpensive and easily obtained. Most people drink water when they are thirsty, but usually not enough and certainly not when trying to lose weight. Drinking fluids, particularly during exercise, reduces cardiovascular stress and improves performance. After a strenuous workout, you have to replace the fluids you have lost. Otherwise, you will suffer chronic dehydration. Drink fluids before, during and after exercising, and remember that water reduces body temperature thus making the whole exercise process safer. It can help you exercise longer and more efficiently and this alone would be enough to help you lose weight but water does more – much more.

Increases Liver Function

The function of your kidneys is to filter your blood and one of the functions of your liver is to metabolize fat. If you don’t consume enough water, your kidneys can’t function properly, so your liver starts to help perform kidney functions. So, if your liver is busy helping your ailing kidneys, you can’t burn as much fat. Let me repeat that: No matter how much you exercise, if you don’t drink enough water, your liver will not metabolize fat for you, because it is trying to help your kidneys.

How Much Water Is Too Much Water?

Being hyper-hydrated has the potential to be harmful, however, this is extremely rare and most people never experience this. Being well hydrated on the other hand actually helps your body metabolize fat. The greatest ill effect of excess water consumption is that you will visit the washroom more often. There have been a few cases of long distance runners who have died from drinking water to toxic levels, but this is extremely rare, and their situation is very unique, so it is nothing for a normal person to worry about.

Water Retention

You may have a medical condition that causes you to not retain water, probably because of excess salt (sodium) in your system. The solution is simple: drink more fluids. Your body retains fluids for the same reason it retains fat: your body thinks that they are hard to come by and thus meaning it needs to hold onto it. If you teach your body that food is abundant, it will stop storing it. If you teach your body that water is abundant by drinking more of it, your body will stop storing it.

Health Benefits

Staying well hydrated has a vast range of benefits for the human body on the inside and out. The more hydrated  you are the healthier your skin becomes, because it has to be moisturized from the inside and out. It also contributes to joint lubrication, reducing the risk of injury in any activity. Staying well hydrated is the best cure for constipation, and should be your first choice, even before increasing fibre or taking laxatives. When you are active, you should drink even more fluids, especially on hot days, to replace what you lose in sweat. Do not wait until you’re thirsty, because that is your body telling you that it is already dehydrated. Try to keep yourself over-hydrated for best health.

Do Water Alternatives Work?

Juice will fill you up, and contains sugar which you should try to minimize in your diet. So, it’s really not a substitute for simple, clear water. And even though coffee is made with mostly water, it does not count since it is a diuretic and actually strips fluids from your system. Cola’s are also full of that diuretic caffeine besides their ultra-high sugar content. So, soft drinks should be the first item to stop consuming if you’re trying to lose weight. Replace those “alternatives” with a glass of water, and you’ll feel better and start losing pounds and inches. Better yet, combine a well hydrated body with a vigorous and heart pumping fitness routine!

Who Should Drink It?

All of us of course, but pregnant women, nursing mothers, people wanting to lose weight and athletes should ensure they drink a sufficient amount. When it is hot or humid, upping fluid intake is also wise. Drinking clear fluids can be especially helpful for people with a history of kidney stones because it dissolves calcium in the urine, reducing the risk of stone formation.  Dark-coloured urine often suggests you are not drinking enough clear fluids. Here’s how to start drinking more water every day. Get into the habit by starting your day with a glass of water. Next, you’ll want to pick yourself up a water bottle that you can carry around with you all day. We all know that we should drink an average of 8 glasses of water per day to maintain good health, however, drinking more than that is advised depending on your daily activities. Come to think of it, I better go have a glass now!

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