Monday, April 23, 2012

Don't Dehydrate - How Much Water is Enough?

Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off! Although most of us take it for granted. Water naturally suppresses the appetite and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that an increase in water intake will actually reduce fat deposits. Here’s why: the kidneys can’t function properly without enough water. When they don’t work to capacity, some of their load is dumped into the liver. One of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But if the liver has to do some of the kidney’s work, it can’t operate at full throttle. As a result, it metabolizes LESS fat, so more fat remains STORED IN THE BODY and weight loss stops.
Drinking enough water is the best treatment for Fluid Retention. When the body gets less water, it perceives this as a THREAT TO SURVIVAL and begins to hold onto every drop. Water is stored in extra cellular spaces (outside the cells). This shows up as swollen feet, legs and hands. Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives a THREAT and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus, the condition quickly returns. The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs. PLENTY OF WATER! Only then will stored water be released. If you have a constant problem with water retention, excess salt may be to blame. The more salt you take in, the more your system needs to dilute it.
·         The overweight person needs more water. Larger people have larger metabolic loads, so it stands the reason the need more water. But everyone is exposed to environmental toxins, creating the need for water.
·         Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving their muscles their naturally ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It also helps prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss. Shrinking cells are buoyed by water, which plumps the skin and leaves it clear, resilient and healthy.
·         Water helps rid the body of WASTES. During weight loss, there is a lot MORE waste to get rid of (metabolized fat must shed). If the fat isn’t flushed is REDEPOSITED!
On the average, a person should drink 64 ounces of water a day. That’s 2 quarts MINIMUM. However, the overweight person needs 8 additional ounces per 25 pounds of excess weight. The amount you drink should also be increased if you exercise briskly, if the weather is hot and dry, if you are exposed to “unhealthy” air (fumes), anything that contaminates the skin or if you have a family history of kidney, liver, bowel, skin, heart, or lung problems.

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