The Importance of Water
Biologically speaking, our bodies are made up of ninety-seven percent water and to sustain optimal health, that percentage must be maintained at all times throughout our entire lives.
Otherwise we face the dangers of dehydration which will set in very quickly and along with it the aches and pains as every cell in our bodies cries out for more water. Even mild cases of dehydration can sharply reduce our abilities to concentrate, can lower our energy levels, can impair the functions of our organs, can lead to muscle fatigue and a drastic loss of coordination and can adversely affect our bodies’ abilities to cool themselves which can ultimately lead to heat strokes. And severe cases of heat strokes have been known to result in death.
Nutritionists, doctors and health care providers have determined that we must drink a minimum of eight glasses of water each and every day and that translates to eight glasses of eight ounces each which amount to sixty-four ounces of plain, unflavored and ungarnished water. But we must never lose sight of the fact that sixty-four ounces of water per day is just the bare minimum and it is on top of and in addition to whatever else we drink; juices, coffee, tea, milk, sodas, wine, beer and so on. Even fruits, which are so very healthy and full of water, are not to be counted as substitutes for any part of the sixty-four ounces of water that we are required to consume.
The allocated daily water consumption can be taken in at each person’s own convenience. Although it is highly unlikely, it can all be consumed in a single sitting or it can be spread out evenly or unevenly through the day. Just in case you are worried about drinking too much water, keep in mind that there is no such thing. We cannot overdose on water because our bodies will simply eliminate any excess. Those of you who are inclined to drink more than the minimum sixty-four ounces of water per day, you would only be better off for it and I encourage you to continue. As a matter of fact, those who drink only the required minimum should increase it as much as possible, particularly if they are physically active or during the hot summer days when their bodies perspire more than usual.
Water and Dieting to Lose Weight
A water diet is not a true diet in and of itself but it is the single most important supplement or additive to any other diet in 3 significant ways:
1/ Drinking plenty of water helps our bodies eliminate toxins and impurities and such cleansing helps with the weight loss process.
2/ Drinking plenty of water accelerates metabolic rates for burning more fat at faster rates.
3/ The more water is consumed, the fuller the stomach feels and therefore hunger pangs are thwarted.
So, how much weight can you lose on a water diet? Certainly a whole lot more that you ever could without it.