HEALTHY EATING

Why Should You Drink Water: The Body’s Essential Nutrient?

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Written by Joe

Water is undoubtedly the body’s most essential nutrient – it is involved in every single bodily function and makes up between 70-75% of your total body mass. Water aids us with maintaining our body temperature, metabolizing fat, encourages digestion, lubricates and pads organs, transfers nutrients, and flushes pollutants from your bodies.

Everybody should drink a minimum of 2 litres water per day – but if you exercise or are overweight, you should be consuming even more. Your blood composition is roughly 90% water and is responsible for transporting energy and nutrients to the body’s muscles, and for expelling waste from your bodily tissues.

If a person is not getting sufficient water – the body will react by drawing it from other places, such as your blood. This causes the restriction of capillaries (small blood-vessels), making your blood thicker, more prone to clotting, and becomes harder to pump through your system. The aforementioned can have serious consequences for high cholesterol, hypertension, and heart disease. Recent studies have also associated a lack of water to arthritis, heartburn and headaches.

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Have you have ever woken in the morning feeling uncomfortable and bloated? It might be possible that your body is attempting to tell you something. If you are prone to water retention – an overload of salt may be the cause. One’s body will tolerate a certain amount of sodium, but the more salt you ingest, the more fluid/water you need to dilute it. To correct this problem – always drink plenty of water.

Did you know that being dehydrated promotes the increase of body fat? Water contributes to energy and glycogen storage. Deprived of water – the glucose remains in the bloodstream until it reaches the liver, where it is then converted and stored as fat. Furthermore your body takes water from your cells in an effort to counteract a dehydrated state, including one’s fat cells. Less water in your fat cells implies less mobilization of fat for energy.

One main function of the liver is to metabolize fat into energy. The kidneys on the other hand are responsible for filtering wastes, toxins, ingested water, and salts out of our blood circulation. If the body is dehydrated – the kidneys can’t function properly, and the liver must work double time to compensate- and consequently, it metabolizes less fat. So, if you are trying to lose some weight-drink plenty of water.

Fortunately, water is also a fantastic natural appetite suppressant. There are three ways human ingest water – We extract it from the foods we consume, the fluids we drink, and as a consequence of metabolism. It‘s always much healthier to drink pure water rather than soda, coffee, or tea. These beverages actually increase your need for fluids, since most include caffeine – which is a known diuretic. Diuretic substances expel stored water along with certain crucial nutrients.

Unbelievably, the practice of dehydration is occasionally employed in sports – competitive body-builders may dehydrate before a competition with the intention of looking leaner and more muscular. This is a hazardous practice – since athletes need more water than less active people.

Decreasing water in the body by as little as 5% – can result in a 20-30% drop in your physical performance. 10% reduction will make you sick and 20% can cause death.

So remember to always keep you water levels up. It’s a very easy way to maintain a healthy, fit body.

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