H2O or water to non-chemists is the fuel of life – more important to us than food. We can survive a lot longer without food than without water.
Natural and untarnished water is all we really need for liquids. Yet, we pollute the water we consume with toxins from industry, or with sugar in energy drinks, to the point where it’s barely recognizable as water to even a chemist.
Most Doctors and dietitians advocate water should be the primary liquids you drink, but don’t really explain why and the benefits it provides. A participant at one of my hypnosis programs did research on the subject and shared the following in an email and gave me permission to reprint it here.
It’s better than anything I could put together so I share it with you now.
- Weight Loss: We often mistake thirst for hunger which can cause us to consume unnecessary calories trying to dispel this sensation, thus leading us to weight gain. When we constantly crave solid food it’s a signal we’re dehydrated. Many of us are unable to distinguish between hunger and thirst signals. Over our evolution and with the ever increasing availability of high calorie sugar drinks and juices, our thirst signal has become weakened. As our bodies become accustomed to drinking water we will re-train our bodies to “hear” the thirst signal and we’ll be less apt to mistake that for hunger. In addition, when we do not consume enough water, we hold onto all the dietary liquid we consume from coffee, juice, soda etc. This can result in water weight gain. By consuming water regularly, this excess fluid along with the toxins in our body will be flushed away and we’ll decrease our calorie count by dispelling “head hunger”.
- Good for Your Heart: A 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology cited that those who drank 5 or more glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to NOT have a heart attack than those who drank 2 or less.
- Energy: Being dehydrated is an energy zapper. If you’re feeling sluggish and are ready to reach for a caffeinated beverage or something sugary as a pick me up – try water. When your body is dehydrated it slows your systems down and can affect your energy levels, concentration and your mood.
- Headaches: There are many causes for headaches, but one of the most common triggers is dehydration.
- Fine Skin: Hydrated skin cells plump up. This is great for your complexion. Not only does this help give you the healthy glow we all long for, but it also reduces fine lines and makes your skin smoother and younger looking.
- Digestion: Water aids in digestion. Water shouldn’t be consumed during a meal (except maybe a sip or two). It should be consumed a half hour before and 1 hour after a meal. Your body needs the fluid to increase motility through your digestive tract. Drinking water too close to meal time will flush the food through your system too quickly and decrease the nutrient absorption level. It’ll also allow you to eat more than is necessary. Digestion problems such as constipation, bloating, indigestion can all be eased by drinking water. Remember, if you take a fiber supplement you should consume plenty of water as fiber and dehydration can aggravate constipation and create excess gas in your digestive tract.
- Lower Cancer Risk: Numerous studies are indicating that drinking water can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. It can reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50%. It’s possible the reason this is so is because when you’re drinking water harmful toxins are flushed from your system thus decreasing the risk of harmful oxidation and destruction of healthy cells. Some forms of colon cancer have been linked to sludge in the digestive tract which can happen from improper excretion of waste and an unhealthy diet.
- Improved Exercise Results: Hydrated bodies are able to increase strength and stamina. Hydrated muscles are more flexible. Hydrated muscles heal quicker and are less prone to injury. Hydrate before during and after exercise. The best way to hydrate during or after exercise is to put a splash of juice in your water or sports drink (diluted 3-4 times for max absorption). For cases of extreme dehydration you may make a rapid hydration solution which is 1/2tsp salt to 1 qt cool water. This can also be used in substitution for juice or sports drinks. The average person should drink 8-12 oz of water per 30 minutes of exercise.
It takes at least 1 hour to get 1 liter of water back into circulation. So it’s best to hydrate early and often in small doses to maintain proper hydration levels.
Here are some tips to hydrate more…
- If you feel thirsty – it means you’ve been dehydrated for a while.
- How much should you drink? There are several theories on this so take the one you like and your bladder and social life can cope with the best:
- Some say – 8 x 8oz glasses for men and women, others say men should drink 8 x 8oz glasses and women 9 x 8 oz glasses.
- And another group says – drink 50-75% of your weight in oz per day. If you weigh 200 lbs you would need to drink 100 oz or 12.5 x 8 oz glasses. Sorry, that seems like a lot to me, and doesn’t take into account the fact that food – especially healthy vegetables and fruits – contain a lot of water. Not to mention how close you’d need to stay to a restroom all day.
- How to make it a habit:
- If you hate water then make it palpable by adding a little juice. Natural lemon helps aid digestion and it breaks up the fat in your system aiding weight loss. It’s acidic and shouldn’t be made strong as it can increase acid wear on your teeth. 100% Grape juice is an appetite suppressant and is full of antioxidants. Cranberry is detoxifying when unsweetened. Typical mix is 1 part juice to 7 parts water.
- Carry a water bottle and sip on it throughout the day. When it’s empty refill it. It’s recommended to use a reusable bottle that doesn’t contain BPAs as they have been linked to cancer. Never heat up or freeze a disposable water bottle. This causes the chemicals in the plastic to breakdown and leach into the water. (Yuck!)
- Set a reminder on your cell phone or computer for every hour reminding you to drink a glass.
- Create a schedule and stick to it. Something like:
o Drink a glass upon waking. Heat it up and put a splash of lemon in it like you would tea. This is a great fat flush trick! If you don’t like the taste of water then believe me warm water will not change you mind.
o Drink a glass after breakfast.
o Another mid-morning.
o Drink a glass a ½ hour before lunch and a few sips during lunch.
o Drink a glass an hour after lunch.
o Another one late afternoon.
o Drink a glass ½ hr before dinner.
o And another glass an hour after dinner.
o CONGRATULATIONS YOU JUST DRANK 8!
Water is a life line for our bodies and if you’ve spent the last few decades getting most of it through soda or elaborate special drinks then it’s time to get back to basics.
The fact is dumping fast food out of your diet completely, exercising by walking for 20 minutes a day, and drinking 64ozs of plain water per day, will get most people back into a healthy life style and shrinking a few waist sizes.
Simple changes over time will make a big impact on your life.
Drinking water is key to the weight loss programs offered by Free At Last Hypnosis in Massachusetts. For more articles about weight loss and information about a comprehensive weight loss program visit Erika Slater’s web site at http://www.freeatlasthypnosis.com
Erika Slater, CH
Free At Last Hypnosis
Upton, MA 01568