Do you drink enough water?
We all know water is good for us but do you know why? Water is our body’s main component, making up on average 60% of our body’s weight, hence every system in our body is dependent on water. If we don’t drink enough it can lead to dehydration and even mild dehydration can drain our energy, make us feel tired and hinder weight loss.
Benefits of water:
- Protects organs and tissues by flushing out toxins
- Carries nutrients and oxygen to our cells
- Regulates our body temperature
- Helps to prevent constipation
- Provides moisture for our ear, nose and throat tissues
- Lubricates our joints
- Lessens the burden on our kidneys and liver by flushing out waste
On a normal day our bodies lose approximately 2 ½ litres of water through breathing, sweating and other bodily functions. On a very hot day or when we’re exercising we lose even more.
In order for our bodies to work properly we must replenish this lost water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. Food usually accounts for 20% of our total fluid intake, so if we consume 2 litres of water or beverages such as low calorie squash, coffee, tea including green teas, fruit teas or rooibos/redbush tea each day (a little more than 8 cups) along with our normal diet, we will typically replace these lost fluids.
If you are feeling thirsty, listen to your body. It is telling you that you need to be having a drink. Another good guide is to look at your urine. It should be either colourless or of a pale yellow shade and there should be plenty of it. If it is dark in colour, has a strong odour or there’s not a lot of it, then you really need to start drinking more. If your weight loss isn’t as good as you feel it should be, then it could well be worth increasing your fluid intake if you know you don’t drink enough.
In my personal experience I know that the weeks where I am drinking adequate amounts of water, they are the weeks where I achieve good weight loss.
This article was contributes by Jo Butcher, owner of Jo’s Fit4All Classes.
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