Maybe if water was more expensive, people would pay more attention to consume enough of it on a daily basis. We are living in a dehydrated world of carbonated beverages, caffeine, and alcohol.
I bet you don't know how important is water for your health, figure, and well-being. I didn't know it until I found a book that literally opened my eyes. The book is titled Your Body's Many Cries for Water by Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj.
Reason 1: Water can cure many modern diseases.
According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, a long list of modern diseases can be practically eliminated by just drinking more water. The list includes and is not limited to asthma; hypertension; back and joint pain; arthritis; constipation; allergies; ulcers; and the list goes on and on.
I know it sounds crazy. I have heard many weird health theories in my life, but what interests me is the "results of following this or that advice". The "drink more water cure" has worked for so many of my friends and myself that I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone.
I cured myself of a nagging skin allergy. I have much more energy, strength, endurance, and sleep much better now.
I have had 100% success curing chronic constipation with my female clients. I don't know a single person who didn't benefit in some way by drinking more water.
Reason 2: Water can decrease your appetite.
This is common sense. When you drink water, your stomach gets full and your appetite decreases. You end up eating fewer calories. If you drink water before each meal, you'll prevent yourself from eating thousands of calories in the long run. This means you are going to be leaner.
Reason 3: Drinking water BURNS EXTRA calories.
When you drink water, your body burns extra calories. Drinking 18 ounces of water increases your metabolic rate by about 30% for about 40 minutes. This phenomenon is called Water Induced Thermogenesis. The total amount of extra calories burned by drinking 18 ounces of water is about 25 calories. Drinking 72 ounces of water amounts to 100 extra calories. That is a lot of calories in the long run.
Reason 4: Water may help you burn more fat and build more muscle.
It has been shown that dehydration decreases protein synthesis. Protein synthesis is what builds muscle. It is an energy costly process. When you suppress protein synthesis, fewer calories end up building proteins and more calories end up in your fat stores. It's elementary: calories have two possible fates -- they either get burned, or they get stored. When more of the calories you eat get burned, less will get stored.
Dehydration has been shown to decrease maximal strength. When you are stronger, you can lift more weight and that means you'll build more muscle.
Reason 5: Your skin will look much better.
Nothing will improve the appearance of your skin better than consuming enough water. It's a pity women spend so much money on skin products, while neglecting the cheapest and most effective one -- water.
How much water should I drink?
Dr. Batmanghelidj's advice is simple: drink one ounce of water for every two pounds of bodyweight plus one and one half additional ounces of water for every ounce of beverage you consume containing caffeine, carbonation, or alcohol. Do this every day.
As you increase your water intake, you should also increase your salt intake. Don't buy the "sodium causes hypertension" nonsense. Restricting sodium does not help the vast majority of people with hypertension. Clearly, sodium is not the CAUSE of hypertension. Your body needs sodium to hold its water stores. Even if you consume more than you need to, your body will get rid of the extra amount that you overconsumed.
Drink your water. Stay well hydrated. Stay healthy.
Hristo Hristov is the owner of X3MSoftware, a company specializing in developing diet and fitness software. He has a degree in Computer Science and passion for training. If you want to be successful at calorie counting, try the best calorie and carb counter software free for 30 days. Visit X3MSoftware.com to get your trial copy of Carb Counter and Calorie Counter.© 2004 Hristo Hristov
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