The Wonders of Drinking Water

Next to air, water is the most essential element for our survival.  Water makes up more than two-thirds of the human body and covers more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface, but still most people take it for granted.

The Mayo Clinic’s Institute of Medicine advises that men consume about 13 cups of beverages a day and women consume about 9 cups of beverages a day.

Did you know that water naturally suppresses your appetite and helps prevent overeating? If you are trying to lose weight, always drink a full glass of water before you begin your meal.

The best way to overcome water retention is to drink more water. The reason is simple:  When the body receives less water, its natural survival mechanism makes it automatically store any excess water it has available. Once additional amounts of water are received, the excess stored amounts are released.

Don’t wait until you are thirsty before drinking water. Our bodies actually need water before the first thirst signals hit our brains.  By that time, we have already lost 1 percent of our body’s water supply and we will need at least two cups of water to replenish that loss.

It’s important to note that every 15 calories a body burns requires one tablespoon of water.  If you burn 2,000 calories a day you need 133 tablespoons to replace the water lost. That’s the equivalent of 2 quarts, or 8 glasses, of water.

Also remember, particularly when working out, that cold water can be absorbed by your system more quickly than warm water.

Those who are overweight need to drink even more water.  For every 25 pounds of excess weight you should increase your water by one glass.

Water also helps prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss. The shrinking cells that accompany weight loss are buoyed by water.  These cells plump up the skin and leave it looking clear, healthy and, most of all, resilient.

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