Are you just not sick and tired of someone telling you that you need to drink more water? Why should you have to drink such a tasteless boring and non-enjoyable liquid? Who wants to eat a meal or have a snack with a glass of water? I am sure you can think of a dozen other delicious choices that are more creative to the taste buds.
Repetitive media and clever marketing have paved the way for people to be conditioned into automatically making a choice which is not entirely theirs. If I had to ask you to fill the word in this sentence, Burger chips and … ? If you could fill the word in with ease, it is probably already too late for you and more than likely you have been mentally corrupted. If you added a fourth word like ‘supersize’ then at this precise moment you have probably made some fast food franchisee cry with happiness.
Can something so lucid, so pure and so natural be really that good for you or is this just another one of those myths or old wives tales passed down from generation to generation? Even more importantly what is water and how does it benefit me?
Let’s look at some positive facts about water. Water is made up of one part oxygen and two parts hydrogen. Oxygen is a key ingredient to life on earth and hydrogen is one of the most abundant substances on earth…Quite frankly who cares!? Just another boring fact about water. What about the fact that your body is made up of between 55% and 77% of water depending on your size…Now what will happen if I tell you that water can help you lose weight.
Water is known as being a good universal solvent which means substances like salt, sugars, acids and alkalis can easily be dissolved. Water helps break down the foods you eat and then takes up the nutrients for transport through the body. When you don’t drink enough water, this can place strain on your entire operating system and if you are feeling moody, irritable, tired, hungry, have regular headaches, sore joints, this could mean that your body is desperately craving and in need of water. By knowing that water is a fantastic solvent, it helps flush out toxins throughout the body and also helps neutralize the bodies PH levels. If you are scared of water retention then drink more water, the body as a defence mechanism tends to hold onto water because it doesn’t know when it is going to get it’s next supply but if you regularly and consistently feed your body with water then your body will actually get rid of excess water and water retention will be a thing of the past.
The amazing properties of water help in aiding to flush out toxins, increase bowl movement, aids in food break down, helps you feel fuller, helps you feel more energetic, allows for better mental vitality and because your body needs water to function and thus this allows for an increase in your metabolism. By increasing your metabolism your body is burning up more calories. All these positive attributes come about through drinking sufficient glasses of water. The rule of thumb at Advanced Sports Performance is approximately your body weight in water divided by the number of days in a month contribute to a better wellbeing and vibrant you and more importantly weight loss.
When you know the truth about something, can you afford not to heed the advice, can your body?
– Sean is a sports scientist and director of Advanced Sports Performance. Catch his column every fortnight in the Citizen Newspaper.