The Clear Truth
Water is one of the most important weapons you will ever have in your weight loss arsenal. Not the fancy bottled water, although if that is what you choose, then fine. It does not have to be flavored, but again if that will help you get the water down, then by all means do so, as long as it is calorie and sugar free. Why is water so important and how could it possibly help in weight loss? There are a lot of reasons, actually.
Water is necessary for the very act of digestion. As you digest your food, you will notice that you create saliva to lubricate your food. If you do not have enough water in your body, you will likely find that you do not have enough saliva either. Water is needed in other parts of your digestive system too. You will notice when you have not had enough liquids when you find it uncomfortable or difficult to go to the bathroom. The delicate balance of liquids inside of your digestive tract is evident: too little water and your bathroom results will be hard, too much water and you might find yourself racing to go more often than you would care to.
If you do not drink enough during the day, your body will start pulling moisture from other places to be used for vital systems. Your hair and skin will become dry, brittle and subject to damage. There are times when you do not need a better shampoo, you just need a drink of water!
Your body’s need for water is constant- winter, summer, spring and fall. As you sweat, as in the summer when you are hot or anytime when you are exercising, your body loses even more of its precious fluids. If you do not replace what you are losing you can suffer from dehydration and electrolyte imbalance which can lead to mental confusion or fog, and eventually may through your body into chaos. Prolonged dehydration and electrolyte imbalances can lead to cardiac imbalances and arrest.
Another vital function that water performs is helping the kidneys flush out toxins from the body. When you are eating a diet that is high in protein, urea may build up in dangerous concentrations. High urea concentration can lead to increased kidney infections and eventual kidney scarring and atrophy.
Not drinking enough water can lead you to mistake thirst for hunger. If you are eating when all you need is a glass of water, you are ingesting many more calories than you might need each day. Drinking a glass of water instead of eating may be a better bet, especially if you are trying to lose weight.
Remember the concept of thermo genesis? Here is another place where that will kick in and help burn calories. The colder the water that you drink, the harder your body will have to work to use it. You will need to warm that water up to the right temperature before your body can send it on its way. Ice cold water not only feels more refreshing to you, it also helps you to lose weight by kicking off calorie burning metabolism as well.