It’s amazing how many people underestimate the importance of water. Without water we cannot survive, be healthy or grow. A typical adult body contains 58-65% water, which is just under 2/3 of its total body mass.
Not drinking enough water can make you:
- Get headaches
- Feel faint
- Increase pulse and breathing rate
- And in extreme circumstances – death.
Most people don’t drink enough water. Most people are also carrying a few extra kilograms around that they wouldn’t be if they drank enough water.
Hunger pains are usually mistaken for thirst. Your stomache sends a signal (a hunger pain) to your brain that it’s empty. Most people are inclined to grab food to satisfy the hunger. A lot of the time, this is your body’s cry that it’s dehydrated. Imagine if every time you had a big glass of water instead of reaching for food, how many less calories you’d intake in a day?! Can you see how easily extra kilograms can mistakenly creep on?
Remember when you initially feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
Not drinking enough water can impact weight loss as well. Your body cannot metabolise fat when it’s in a dehydrated state! Metabolising fat is something that the liver does when it converts stored fat to energy. The liver has other functions, but this is one of its main jobs.
Another of the liver’s duties is to pick up the slack for the kidneys, which need plenty of water to work properly. If the kidneys are water-deprived, the liver has to do their work along with its own, lowering its total productivity. It then can’t metabolise fat as quickly or efficiently as it could when the kidneys were pulling their own weight. If you allow this to happen, to only are you being unfair to your liver, but you’re also setting yourself up to store fat.*
So how much should you drink?? Usually more than you are now. In our hot climate a minimum of 2 litres per day is essential, and add an on an extra 500mls for every half hour of exercise you do in a day. 3+ litres per day is optimum.
Once your bladder adapts, it’s easy! Your body will crave water, you’ll feel great and your skin will love you for it. Carry a water bottle around with you wherever you go; always have one at your desk and top up during the day. If it’s in front of you you’re more likely to drink it. Have a big glass of water before and during each meal – you’ll also be less likely to over eat!!
* adapted from www.inch-aweigh.com
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(© Selina Wright 2008. Edited in 2013)
As published in City Life Magazine.