Summer is here bringing with it a welcomed increase in temperature. While you enjoy a day out by the pool or beach, you may be struck with the desire for a glass of icy cold water.
This thirsty reminder should not be taken lightly as during the summer months a large percentage of adults can suffer from mild dehydration. That’s why water consumption must be at the top of your list in order to maintain a healthy body.
Though you probably don’t think often about it, water is the most essential element, next to air, to your survival. The simple combination of two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen makes up more than two thirds of your body and is involved in a host of bodily functions that we routinely take for granted.
Just to name a few;
* Water works to regulate the thermal condition of your body.
* Water helps flush toxins from your body.
* Water serves as a lubricant for your joints.
* Water gives your skin a clear, glowing complexion.
* Water assists with digestion, pulling all the usable nutrients out of food.
* Water aids in disease prevention.
What about fitness and fat loss? You may have heard that you need to drink plenty of water in order to drop weight, but did you ever wonder why? What does water have to do with decreasing your calories and increasing your activity level in an effort to shed pounds?
Fill your stomach with a glass of water before each meal and you will find that you won’t each as much. This also works on snacking throughout the day, keep hydrated all day long and watch as your desire to snack decreases. Water increases your body’s ability to efficiently metabolise fat. This process begins with your kidneys receiving enough water to function at their peak, which in turn helps your liver reach optimal efficiency in removing toxins and waste from your body. The efficiency of the liver will allow fat to metabolise at a higher rate. This translates to a decrease in your overall body fat. Water is the perfect substitute for high calorie beverages.
Similarly failing to drink enough water comes with serious consequences. Your body will shift to preserve mode and store more fat. Bodily functions will slow leading to an overall decrease in energy levels. Headaches will become an expected nuisance. Make it a habit to begin your day with a glass of water then drink a glass before each meal and one between meals. Simple steps like those mentioned above will enable you to avoid dehydration and feel healthy.