Some nutritionists insist that 80% of the country is walking around dehydrated. We drink too much coffee, tea and soda containing caffeine, which prompts the body to lose water. More troubling is that when we are dehydrated we do not know what to drink.
The answer is simple: drink water!
Water is pure liquid refreshment and accounts for a large percentage of what makes each of us "human." The average 150-pound adult body contains 40 to 50 quarts of water. Almost 2/3 of our body weight is "water weight":
The Fountain of Youth, Health and Everything Else That is Good
Water is necessary for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It also detoxifies the liver and kidneys and carries waste away from the body. When it comes to digestion . . . it does not happen without water. Fiber alone cannot aid proper digestive function. In fact, without water as its partner, good fiber goes bad causing constipation and extreme discomfort.
If you are dehydrated, your blood is literally thicker and your body has to work much harder to circulate it. As a result, the brain becomes less active, it is harder to concentrate, your body feels fatigued and you just "poop out."
Drinking Water is Heart-Healthy
The findings of a six-year study, of more than 20,000 healthy men and women aged 38-100, in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who drank more than five glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses. The protective effect of water was even greater in men.
Water - The Miracle Worker
Simple water -- when it is pure and free of contaminants -- is truly a "wonder drug." Without chemicals, additives or anything unnatural, a steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day (ideally ½ your body weight in ounces of water) will:
Drinking Water and Weight Loss
Since water is a natural appetite suppressant, developing a good water drinking habit can be a long-term aid in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Doctor F. Batmanghelidj, author of Your Body's Many Cries For Water, says most times your “hunger” is your body asking for water – not food.
It is also important to remember that when the body is dehydrated fat cells get "rubbery" and cannot be easily metabolized. This means that it is harder to lose fat when you do not drink your water.