Hydration is something people need every day as a natural and necessary part of my life, but people don’t actually think about every day. We drink when we’re eating a meal, but most often what we’re drinking is not water but soda, tea, coffee, or an alcoholic drink. There’s nothing wrong with drinking any of these drinks, but water is the drink that is most important. This is especially true if you are trying to lose weight.
Food is something our bodies can live without for a long period of time, approximately up to 30 days. However, our bodies can only go without water for a day or two, especially if your are in an area where you are sweating a lot and losing moisture. Without enough water, death will occur. The cells in your body will shrivel and die.
Everyone has heard it said by doctors and nutritionists alike that we should drink eight glasses of water per day. Well, it turns out there is no scientific evidence to back up this suggestion, however, there is lots of evidence that supports the health benefits of drinking as much water daily as you can.
So why is water so important? Here’s why:
- Our bodies are made up of approximately 75% water (depending on your age and amount of muscle or fat). We cannot live without it. Therefore, it is a necessity for us to survive and flourish. Water is essential to our lives.
- Water aids in digestion, helping to dissolve nutrients so that they can pass through your intestines and into your bloodstream.
- Water helps to move wastes through our body through your kidneys.
- Water brings moisture to the body to regulate your body’s temperature when you sweat.
- Water moisturizes your skin and keeps it looking young. It won’t eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, but it will help to soften them because your skin won’t be dehydrated. No cream moisturizer works effectively without having a healthy water intake.
- Water keeps your muscles energized.
- Water keeps your colon function regular to prevent constipation.
- Water helps you lose weight.
Joan Koelemay, RD, dietitian for the Beverage Institute, says that we should, “Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day.” And the only way to replace this fluid that is lost each day is to stay hydrated by drinking water.
So, it is clear that drinking water is essential to life and should be a normal part of our daily routine. Among the many things we’ve listed, water is necessary during weight loss.
When you are burning calories and losing weight, you are also losing water. Without water your body does not function effectively and as such, any weight you would like to lose won’t happen if your body is not functioning healthily. The better your body is functioning because of an adequate supply of hydration, the more calories you will burn. According to TriState Bariatrics center, “A dehydrated body is a body working overtime. Your heart rate increases; your kidneys begin to slow down. The kidneys require a large amount of water. If they are unable to work efficiently, it creates more work for your liver to clear the built up toxins. The liver is able to metabolize fat (turn fat into energy), but each second your liver is working on removing toxins (or doing the job of the kidneys), is one less minute that it is burning stored fat.”
Weight loss and proper hydration are two things that go hand-in-hand. So in order to have effective weight loss and burn fat you need to keep drinking water. When you drink lots of water and keep your body hydrated, stored fat is broken down and those extra pounds begin to melt away. Conversely, when you are constantly under hydrated, your body stores fat cells resulting in limited weight loss.
In addition, when your body is dehydrated, not only do you store fat cell but your body will also retain water. Water retention can leave you feeling bloated and also full of toxins that build up in your body. This excess water and toxin overload is prevented from being released because of dehydration and they have no here to go. Your body will begin to feel fatigued. You won’t want to exercise either. All of these effects of a lack of hydration will also result in little to no weight loss.
Not only is water important for life, it’s just as important for healthy living and weight loss. So grab your water bottle and drink up!