forms a major component of the tissues and cells of
the body. Without water the human body will survive
only a few days. Water is also a key part of any weight
loss program. Water is very necessary for helping
the body remove fat, and for general overall health.
The average person should consume 8 to 10 eight-ounce
glasses of water each day. Although water is the best
"thirst-quencher," other liquids (such as juices,
milk, sodas, and teas) can help meet fluid needs.
High sugar and high caffeine beverages are not the
best choices because they can lead to increased urination.
The following are some of
the benefits of water:
Water suppresses appetite and reduces fat deposits
in the body.
Water not only fills you up and lessens your appetite,
it prevents those "hungry horrors" we all encounter
when our blood sugar drops and we reach for cookies,
candy, ice cream, fries or other high-calorie
treats. Thus it keeps a check on your health and
Water assists the body in metabolizing stored
fat, because your liver is overloaded when your
kidneys don't get enough water. Your liver metabolizes
fat, and it can't do that 100% if it is doing
the kidneys job.
Water relieves fluid retention problems.
reduces sodium buildup in the body.
helps to maintain proper muscle tone.
rids the body of waste and toxins and relieves
Tips on water intake:
a minimum of 64 ounces per day (2 quarts).
Drink an additional 8 ounces per day for every
25 pounds overweight.
It is better to drink the water cold, it is absorbed
quicker and may burn more calories.
Drink clean water, bottled or filtered.