Posts Tagged ‘water’

The ultimate weight loss weapon

April 28th, 2009

As incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single, most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. How so?

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Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase and vice versa. Here’s why: the kidneys can’t function properly without enough water. When they don’t work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver’s primary function is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But when the liver has to do some of the kidney’s work, it can’t operate at full throttle. As a result, it metabolizes less fat. Thus more fat remains stored in the body and weight gain sets in.

Water works your body

April 27th, 2009

The UN General Assembly has designated March 22nd as “World Water Day” to draw attention to the critical lack of clean, safe, drinking water worldwide. When discussing a topic as pivotally important as water, we have to approach it with a sense of reverenceas there is something sacred in the very fabric of water. Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing that makes water and nobody knows what that is. Water, despite its simple constitution, plays an inordinately immense role in our well being. We simply cannot be separated from water and live.

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There seems to be never-ending, myriad ways in which water benefits our bodies. We ourselves in fact, are made of water between 55 and 75% water ( lean people have more water in their bodies because muscle holds more water than fat) . The flow of blood, body fluid in our lympathic system, endocrine fluid, urinary fluid, the fluid represented by perspiration, saliva, tears, sexual secretions and lactation are all influenced by water. In fact, the myriad uses of water within our system are just too many to go without mentioning some of them below.

ACE PLUMBER

Yes, that’s right. Water is the numero uno plumber within your body. It’s the major ingredient in blood plasma, which transports nutrient and gases to and between cells. It also carries off the waste products of energy metabolism from cells and provides the fluid needed to get rid of the body’s wastes. That is why keeping yourself well hydrated wards off constipation. Know why? When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. The colon is one primary source and hence, constipation sets in.

Adequate water consumption can also help lessen the chance of developing kidney stones, plus it keeps joints lubricated and prevents or at the very least – decreases the severity of colds and flu. Besides this combo of the head-spinning benefits, water is also a necessary part of many other chemical reactions in the body.

DIGESTION STAR

You probably are unaware of just how much water is consumed by your body as it breaks down food in the digestion process. It has been estimated that roughly 25% of the TOTAL daily water intake of a sedentary person can be used for this process alone.

ENERGY GIVER

Even to form energy in your body, you need water. It has been estimated that each gram of glucose needs about 2.5 grams of water to form glycogen in the muscle and liver. And water is actually released when glycogen is converted to energy.

MUSCLE BUILDER

Did you know that our muscles are made up chiefly of water? Surprising, but true. Roughly 70% of muscle mass… that much sort after beefy bulk by many men is just water. And optimal hydration is essential for muscle function and tone. You see, muscles are controlled by nerves. The electrical stimulation of nerves ( the contraction and extension of muscles ) are the result of the exchange of electrolyte minerals dissolves in water. This means that to produce and use muscle, it is really important that you drink lots of water.

HEAT REGULATOR

All of us have ready made, built-in air conditioners within our system that constantly work to keep our heat levels stable. And those of you living near the equator, who bear the full brunt of the sun’s capacity to go beserk, are particularly  grateful for this process. But are you clued on how this work? Simply put, it’s the process of perspiration that actually cools us off and keeps us from boiling water.

BEAUTY AID

Beauty and skin experts have repeatedly stressed that water is the key to attaining healthy , glowing skin. The rationale goes that cells in your body including the ones on your face work on the principle that they only perform their tasks optimally if they are adequately hydrated.

Dr Howard Murad, a pioneer in the study of the link between water and skin care , backs up this fact. His studies confirm that the aging process is a direct effect of water inadequacy in the body at the cellular level.


Water: The precious resource

April 26th, 2009

It sounds clichéd, but water, as essential as it is, is fast beginning to become scarce resource. The people in the know have already warned us that future wars will not be fought over oil and such like commodities, but over water.

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And this is already playing itself out within the borders of many countries. In India, for instance, many states have taken up legal cases disputing the legality of diverting precious river waters, for irrigation purposes, to other, water-scarce states. In China, The Yellow River water is now loaded with heavy metals and other toxins that make it unfit even for irrigation, much less for human consumption, along much of its route which is a potential time bomb that will cause immense upheaval. In places like Sydney, we have already heard of the much publicized ‘water wars’ that occur between neighbors when there is water rationing in place within the city.

Just in case you are smugly thinking that we are spared from this crisis wherever you are, banish the thought at once. We’d had our fair share of water shortages when rainfall has been inadequate. With climate change now exacerbated as a result of global warming, this pattern can only be intensify.

Your tap water is not the only source of water to satisfy your fluid needs. In an average adult diet, food provides about 20 percents of total water intake. The remaining 80 percents comes from beverages of all kinds. Fruits and vegetables besides being good sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber… they also contain a lot of water. For example, oranges are 87% water and cucumber is 95% water. In general, your daily diet will provide about 2 cups of water more if you load up on fruits, veggies and soups. Milk, juices and other beverages also have large amount of water.

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The bottom line is, we need to use water like the precious resource it is. As responsible citizens, we must hold our relevant authorities accountable to manage our water resources in a sustainable manner, support cutting -edge technologies that preserve and enhance our water supply and use water responsibly within our own households.

As the old American-Indian proverb goes, “The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives.” So let’s begin to cultivate good water sense now, before it’s too late.