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01/2014
Lifestyle

The Power of Water

Power of Water (200)How does water affect your daily life? Have you ever taken a moment to stop and think just how truly important water is to you?

Water is something we take for granted. We often hear people say, “I don’t like to drink plain water, I drink enough liquids. I don’t need it.” That is where they are wrong. Fizzy, energy, and artificially sweetened beverages may cause you to retain fluid instead of helping you flush toxins out of your body. Furthermore, caffeinated drinks have a diuretic effect; so for every cup you drink, you would need an additional cup of plain water to counteract its effect.

Water in it’s purest form is more vital to your health and life than you think. You can go weeks without food but only 5 to 7 days without water.  When the water in your body is reduced, a lot of side effects may occur. At a decrease of just 1 percent, you become mildly dehydrated; 5 percent, muscle strength and performance rates decline significantly; 10 percent, delirium and blurred vision set in; and at 20 percent, possible death.  Therefore, you need to drink 2 to 3 liters of water daily to replace what your body loses through perspiration, waste removal, and other functions. 

Moreover, did you know that lack of water intake causes weight gain? Many of the body processes rely greatly on water, and since approximately 40% of our daily water intake actually comes from food, your body may signal that it is hungry in order to get more water through food. This wouldn’t be bad if it weren’t for the excess calories taken in instead of water. Hence, if you're feeling hunger pangs, it's best to drink a large glass of water, wait 20 minutes, and then decide if you are truly hungry. Lastly, drinking adequate amounts of water will help you decrease your water retention.

Here are some tips that will help you drink enough water:

  • Drink 1 to 2 glasses of water every morning before breakfast.
  • Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go.
  • Drink water before you feel thirsty.
  • Drink a few glasses of water before exercising, and have frequent sips of it during your workout.