After oxygen, water ranks next as the body's most important nutrient. Out of the near 50 essential nutrients, water is the one most essential. We have to have more of it than any other nutrient and we will die sooner for lack of it. As a nutrient, water plays a key role in countless interactions in every organ, system, and function of the body.~ Nasset 1982, Nutrition Handbook
Because water is abundant and inexpensive, the VALUE of WATER has been greatly overlooked. Dehydration can start early, even when the pregnant mom does not drink enough water to provide for the proper growth of new cells. Nursing mom's seldom drink enough water to maintain a good supply of breast milk. Children are not trained to drink water, and most adults choose coffee instead of water. Merely embracing the wonders of pure water could solve many health and fitness problems.
Are You Hungry?
People who have lost weight by drinking water before eating food have managed to separate the sensation of thirst and hunger. These two sensations are generated simultaneously to indicate the brain's needs. Many times, our body is telling us we are thirsty, and we mistake the signal as hunger. We eat extra food with calories, when we should be drinking water with no calories. Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.
Careless action can with time begin to override the body's natural thirst mechanism. In fact, a study reveals that in 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak; it is often mistaken for hunger. And sadly, researchers at the University of Utah discovered that the less water women drank, the more slowly they burned calories. They found that even mild dehydration would slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%. This is enough to add an extra pound every six months. Ugh!
Are You Tired?
Research at Houston's Baylor College of Medicine has revealed that the number one trigger of daytime fatigue is not stress or lack of sleep. Guess what? It is a lack of water. These research findings show that dehydration saps your energy by causing a drop in blood pressure, resulting in sluggish circulation. This slows the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the cells. Being dehydrated and feeling tired leads to more problems.
Is Your Memory Weakening?
Without proper hydration, the body is vulnerable to a variety of health risks, says Barbara Levine, Director of Human Nutrition at the Rockefeller University. These risks include feeling tired or groggy when waking or at mid-day. Lapses in mental concentration may occur on a frequent basis. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory and trouble with basic math. This slight drop can also create difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
"Hydration is fast becoming a public health issue."~ Levine
Are You Sick?
I read a startling book many years ago called, Your Body's Many Cries for Water by Dr. Batmanghelidj. He believes that chronic dehydration is the root cause of many major diseases. Water has medicinal value in helping relieve such ailments as rheumatoid joint pain, back pain, angina pain, hypertension, asthma, allergy, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue and obesity. He has helped thousands of people using prescription drugs and avoid surgery by suggesting that they drink two and a half quarts of water every day. He recommends the water be taken upon rising and a half hour before meals so it can be ready when it is needed in the stomach, pancreas, liver and intestines – and again between meals.
How Much Water is Enough?
A good rule of thumb is to take your body weight and divide it by two. This would be the number of ounces of pure water you need as a minimum for good health and fitness.
The pinch test will tell you if you are hydrated. Pinch between your thumb and index finger. Your skin should snap back immediately.
When Shall I Drink?
A good habit is to NOT drink with meals. This dilutes the needed digestive juices. Drinking with meals generally indicates we are eating too fast and need a beverage to wash the food down. Give yourself a test. Can you eat a meal without a beverage along with it? After each bite sit back, look up, and put your fork down as you chew. This is harder than you think, but will develop into a wonderful habit if you work at it. Drink your water first thing in the morning and between meals. Dr. Richard Brouse says to drink a quart of warm water as soon as you awaken.
I could go on and on about the benefits of pure water. Let me summarize the top ones: Enough water is essential for the proper working of our body systems. Water helps rid the body of waste. Drinking water is critical for weight loss, for energy and for health.
I invite you to learn more about the Fabulous Circle of Health by visiting www.Fabufit.com. There is a free E-Book awaiting your there and a sample audio excerpt from my 12 Week Online or Live Teleclass Fabufit Challenge. Fabufit brings together all the elements needed to live a long, vital life. It will change your body, stimulate your mind, awaken your emotions and bless your heart.