Everyone wants the short cut, the magic pill, the one-an-done method to lose belly fat, get the sleak 6-pack abs and look younger. Sorry to say this article is not going to give any of those things to you— but it is going to show you how HUNDREDS of others begin living healthier by coaching with me. I proclaim that Iam the Wizard of Oz, and that YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES to lose the weight, feel better about yourself and create the best life — right now … and it starts with water!
Are You Drinking Enough Water?
The average adult human body is comprised of 50-60% water. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age. Fatty tissue contains less water than lean tissue, thus body composition varies according to gender and fitness level. The exact amount you need depends on your size, level of activity, your environment (where you live, climate & weather), what you eat and your general health.
Exercise, drinking coffee or caffeinated beverages have a dehydrating effect on the body and contribute to dryness, pain in joints, fatigue and altering the pH level in your body. It’s a good idea to drink 2X the amount of your caffeine bev to make up for the dehydration it does on your bod.
So how much water should you drink?
If you are trying to FLUSH weight, toxins and alter your digestion, chances are you’ll need to up your water quantity. I have found nearly all of my clients either didn’t drink enough water or eat enough water-based fruit or veggies to help flush their body’s toxins.
The basic rule of thumb is half of an ounce per pound of body weight. Those who have constant thirst should seek to talk to a doctor as many health challenges including diabetes are symptomatic of thirst and excessive urination.
1. Muscle cramps? Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricates joints in the body. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel up.
2. Water Helps Energize Muscles. When you’re well hydrated, you can exercise longer and stronger without “hitting the wall.” Dehydrated muscles fatigue faster, and won’t be able to get a great pump.
Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include absorption, circulation, digestion, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. When you’re low on fluids, the brain (posterior pituitary gland) triggers the body’s thirst mechanism. BIG DUH—Alcohol interferes with the brain and kidney communication and causes excess excretion of fluids which can then lead to dehydration.
2. Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.
3. Lower Stress With Water
About 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water. If you’re dehydrated, your body and your mind are stressed. To keep stress levels down, always have a water at your desk or carry a sports bottle and sip at least 4oz. every 15-30 minutes.
4. Normal Bowel Movements require water. Water helps dissolve waste particles and passes them smoothly through your digestive tract. If you’re dehydrated, your body absorbs all the water, leaving your colon dry and making it more difficult to pass the poop and creates constipation. Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a scrub brush, cleansing your villi (small intestine) and making your nutrients better absorbed.
5. Water Is The Fountain of Youth – “Natures Beauty Cream.” You’ll notice your fine lines and wrinkles are deeper when you’re dehydrated. Drinking water hydrates skin cells and plumps them up, making your face look younger.
5. Water Helps Your Reduces Kidney Stones. Water flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow. The rate of painful kidney stones is rising. Water is critical to dilute the salts and minerals in your urine that form the solid crystals known as kidney stones. Kidney stones can’t form in diluted urine, so reduce your risk with plenty of water! (Note— A body void of enough fluid produces concentrated urine, with a deeper color and odor.
6 Tips to Help You Drink More
Here are some tips to help you increase your fluid intake and reap the benefits of water:
1. Drink 30 minutes before or after a meal. Try avoid drinking with meals as it reduces the acids needed during the digestion process .
2. Choose beverages you enjoy (see infused water recipes)
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.
4. Use a 24-30 ounce bottle of water and keep refilling. Track your water in a journal (I offer a food, mood, poop, exercise accountability journal on my mobile app)
5. Stay clear of diet/sugary carbonate beverages. Extra calories and chemicals.
6. Seltzer water does tend to make us feel more satiated, an effect caused by the gas bubbles expanding in the stomach, and most people report they drink LESS if using carbonated versus non-carbonated waters.
Try These 6 Delicious Spa-infused Waters You Make Yourself
No need to run out and buy those expensive waters that taught to be so amazing. You can create gallons for a fraction of the cost with these ingredients.
process glucose more efficiently, instead of turning it into fat.
boosts your metabolism, and their peels offer essential oils loaded with vitamin c and anti- inflammatory properties.
stimulates a feeling of fullness and satiation.
aids the digestive process, allowing your body to eliminate waste more efficiently.
is a formidable diuretic and energy booster.
is an antioxidant, reduces the formation of free radicals in the body and protects cells and molecules from damage.
Spa Fat Flusher Drink from my “FLUSH THE FLAB” free download www.BeccaTebon.com)