Although everybody knows that all living things need water to survive, it’s importance and the quantity required for a well functioning body is severely underestimated by most. Over half our body weight is water and almost every vital organ requires it in some capacity. The brain is a staggering 95% water, the lungs at 90% and the blood is 82%. Already we’re starting to see here that if the most important parts of the human anatomy consist of such high water percentages that water must be pretty important. What’s even more impressive is that drinking enough water can actually shed pounds and help you lose weight.
To lose weight just from drinking water alone (yes it can be done!) you should aim to drink 2-3 Litres a day, particularly when you first wake up to kick start your metabolism! Drinking before meals is also a good idea because it fills you up and prevents you overeating. You’ll have to get used to going to the toilet more frequently but hopefully the results will be worth it. Decreased water retention is the reason why you can lose weight just from drinking water alone, the more fresh water delivered into your system, the less old water stores are kept by the body. Less water retention equals less swelling of areas such as hips and thighs and better muscle appearance. In turn, within a week you could see anything up to a 10lb weight reduction.
Further benefits which are just as important are to your skin. Your skin needs hydration for a youthful and clear complexion. Drinking water especially first thing in the morning really sharpens your senses, improves your ability to concentrate and prevents you from feeling tired in the day time. An endless list of bodily functions are so reliant on water it’s unreal. Here are just a few of the most important ones:
Nutrients are transported in the blood and in oxygen all around the body which we’ve already established has a high water percentage. The digestive system is responsible for breaking down the nutrients into water soluble components.
- Removal of Harmful Toxins
Water is responsible for flushing your body of the harmful toxins particularly in excretion. The faster these toxins are flushed from the body the better and the less likely toxicity takes hold and headaches/illness occurs.
- Preventing Dehydration
Being dehydrated can affect your mood, make you grumpy and lose focus. Dehydration is also vital for performance, your muscles and brain cannot function without being hydrated.
Incorporating extra water into your lifestyle may appear difficult at first and seem like a chore especially with all the running to the toilet! Eventually your body will adjust and retain the water more easily. The easiest way is to get a large bottle and just carry it with you, keep it by your bed or by your desk, wherever you are throughout the day. You’ll begin to find it addictive and feel thirsty if you haven’t had any in the last 30 minutes or so and your skin will love it!