Saturday, June 12, 2010

All about WATER

I keep saying this over and over again to all my students,friends,family,patients/clients,neighbours..well,just everybody..drink is the one thing that you should be "addicted" to..
What do you,your funny neighbour,your hair dresser,trees and your pet dog have in common ?
Well,we all need WATER to live and thrive..

"You're not sick; you're thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication."

Dr. F. Batmanghelidj

I recommend drinking atleast 2 and a half litres of water a day.
Please make sure that you sip althrough the day.Do not drink water right before or after a meal..allow atleast 25 minutes between your last bite and your first sip..and 20 minutes from your last sip to your first bite..
Drink warm water or room temperature water but never chilled or cold water..we are warm blooded creatures..retain the heat...Hmmm...

But why is drinking water so important?
Here are just some of the top reasons you need to drink more water.

1.We’re made out of water—Between 60 to 70% of your body is made from water. Your blood, muscles, tissues, and other parts are your body are basically water as well. Because so much of our body is made from water, it only makes sense that we need to drink a lot of water to keep our bodies running properly.

2.Other drinks can’t keep you hydrated—Caffeinated drinks—especially sodas—actually make you even thirstier after you drink them. That’s because the caffeine acts as a diuretic, leading to more urination and more dehydration. Simply put, soda and other drinks just can’t hydrate the body like water does.

3.Lack of water causes fatigue—dehydration is one of the top causes of severe fatigue. So, if you aren’t drinking enough water, you’re probably tired all day long, and you might not have the energy to exercise, causing you to stay tired and out of shape. Don’t rely on caffeine to give you an energy boost, but instead, start drinking the recommended amount of water,every day.

4.Water is necessary for good digestion and is very important for proper digestive functions as well.If you’re dehydrated, your body won’t be able to break down foods as effectively as it normally does. Poor digestion can cause a wide range of problems, from constipation to severe abdominal pain.

5.Water helps blood circulate properly.Water is a necessary ingredient for proper blood flow in the body. As you drink more water, oxygen levels in your bloodstream will increase, leading to better circulation and improved overall health. Good blood flow can help increase your energy levels and burn more fat.

6.Toxins get flushed out by water—Your kidneys act as a filter. But for them to work as they should, they need to have plenty of water intake.Drinking the recommended amount of water each day, your kidneys will do their job more effectively, and your body will also expel more harmful toxins from the digestive tract.On the other hand,please do not drink large amounts of water all at once,that will be too taxing on your kidneys.

7.Water helps you burn fat and keep your metabolism on track.First, a lack of water actually slows protein synthesis—the muscle building function in your body. So, if you want to burn fat and add muscle, your body needs to be fully hydrated. Also, staying hydrated ensures that you don’t confuse thirst for hunger, causing you to overeat and gain more weight.

8.It is fantastic for your skin and you will notice that you are using a lot less lotion.Internal hydration is the key..

9.Lack of hydration causes many serious illnesses like cancer,heart disease,diabetes,etc.,,it is time to drink up.

Recommended Reading
“Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” by Dr Batmanghelidj