All About Water!
By Anthea Noel
It’s summer! The sun is shining, and the beaches are crowded. We spend more of our time outdoors – increasing physical activity – which means increased sweat and increased water demands. It is easy to suffer from dehydration, which can damage vital organs, and cause weight gain.
“Am I drinking enough water?”
Before you answer this question, please consider the following:
Water makes up 60% of body weight and is responsible for the proper functioning of vital organs and body systems. It is imperative that we drink water.
Frequently asked questions about water consumption include:
Q. Why should I drink water?
A. Water flushes out toxins from the body, regulates body temperature, aids in weight loss, and helps fight sickness and disease.
Q. How much water should I drink?
A. The daily recommended intake of water is based on your body weight. Calculate half of you weight in pounds should equal the amount of ounces of water you should drink daily.
Example: Weight 160 lbs. / 2 = 80 (80 oz. or 10 glasses of water)
Q. What happens if I do not drink enough water?
A. When you do not drink enough water, your body holds on to the water already stored in the body leading to water retention. This slows down your metabolism causing you to gain weight. You also starve your vital organs of nutrients. Your urine should be pale yellow. If it is not, drink more water to prevent dehydration.
Q. I don’t like the taste of water. How can I change this?
A. If drinking water is difficult for you, spruce it up with a slice or two of lemon or bruised mint leaves, this gives it a nice kick.