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meembo
04-07-2003, 12:37 AM
I was doing some research tonight and came across this info on a dietitian's website. I thought you all might like to know why we have to drink so much water:


Water...
Just How Important Is It?

Okay, everyone has questions about water don't they? I mean why should we be drinking all this water every day? What is so darned important about it? Did you know that drinking caffeine can have a negative effect? Or that drinking all of that water can help you lose weight??? Check this out guys! There I was always wondering why I should be trying to drown myself everyday! *lol*


Water Every Day Can Keep the Fat Away

Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause an increase of fat deposits while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits. Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body gets less water, it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to actually retain water. Water is stored outside the cells and hence swollen feet, hands and ankles happen. Though surprising, in order to get rid of retained water, one must drink more water! An overweight person needs more water than a thin one. Larger people have larger metabolic loads. Since water is the key to fat metabolism, the larger person needs more water to metabolize fat more effectively.



Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and prevent dehydration of muscle tissue. Water also helps to prevent the skin sagging that usually follows weight loss. These shrinking cells become buoyed by the water and plumps the skin which gives a clear, healthy resiliency. Water helps rid the body of waste and can relieve constipation. During weight loss, the body has an increased amount of waste to get rid of. Adequate water helps to flush out the metabolized fat and other excess waste. Also, if the body gets too little water, the body will siphon what it needs from internal sources, like the colon and constipation can happen, Water is an important element for waste elimination.



So how much water is enough? Obviously is depends on your size, if the weather is hot or cold, or if you exercise briskly. On average, however, a person should drink eight 8 oz. glasses per day (about 2 quarts). An overweight person should drink and additional glass for every 25 pounds of excess weight; those who exercise or are experiencing hot or dry weather should increase their intake as well. Water is best cold; not only for taste, but cold water is adsorbed into the system more rapidly, and some evidence has shown that it can also increase calories burned. When the body gets the water is needs to function optimally its fluids are perfectly balanced. This is called the "breakthrough point." When this is achieved:

Endocrine-gland function improves

Fluid retention is alleviated as stored water is lost.

More fat is used as fuel because it allows the level to metabolize stored fat.

Normal thirst returns.

There is a loss of hunger almost overnight.



For the body to utilize water most efficiently during weight loss, this schedule is suggested:

Morning: Drink 1 quart over a 30 minute period.

Noon: Drink 1 quart over a 30 minute period.

Evening: Drink 1 quart over a 1 hour period about 1 hour before dinner.

Adjust for weight, exercise, or hot or dry weather.



Four remarkable truths regarding water and weight loss:

Drinking water is essential for efficient weight loss.

The body will not function properly without enough water and can not metabolize stored fat efficiently.

Retained water shows up as excess fat.

More water consumption is required to rid the body of excess water.



My Most Favorite Water Article

Incredible as it may seem...

Water is the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off! Although most of us take it for granted...water may be the only true Magic Potion for permanent weight loss!



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 an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits! Here's the reason why...



The kidneys cannot function properly without enough water. When they do not work to capacity, some of their load is dumped on the liver. One of the liver's primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But if the liver has to do some of the kidney's work, it cannot work at full throttle. As a result, it metabolizes less fat... more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss stops! Drinking an adequate amount of water every day is the best treatment for fluid retention. But when your body is given less water than it needs... it perceives the shortage as a threat to survival and will begin to retain every drop.



Water reserves are stored in extra-cellular spaces (outside the cells). This water can show up as swollen feet, hands and legs. Diuretics only offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives a threat and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus, the condition quickly returns. The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs - plenty of water - only then will stored water be released.



If water retention is a constant problem for you... excess salt may be to blame. Your body will only tolerate sodium in certain concentrations. The more salt you eat, the more water your system retains to dilute it. But getting rid of unneeded salt is easy -- just drink water! As the water is forced through the kidneys, it will remove the excess sodium.



Over weight people need more water than thin people. Larger people have larger metabolic loads. Since we know that water is the key to fat metabolism... it follows that the over weight person needs more water to metabolize excess fat.



Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone... which in turn, aids proper muscle contraction and prevents dehydration. It also helps to prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss. Shrinking cells are buoyed by water which plums the skin and leaves it clear, healthy and resilient. Water helps rid the body of waste. During weight loss, the body has more waste to get rid of - all that metabolized fat must be shed. Again . . .



Water helps flush out this waste! Water can help relieve constipation... The colon is a primary internal water source. When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. Result? Constipation. But when a person drinks enough water... normal bowel function will return. So far, we have discovered same remarkable truths about water and about weight loss... the body will not function properly without enough water and cannot metabolize stored fat efficiently. On the household weight scales... Retained water shows up as excess weight. It may seem strange, but to get rid of excess water... you must drink more water! Drinking water is essential to losing weight.



How much water is enough? If you are of normal weight for your height, then on average you should drink (8) eight -- 8 oz. glasses of pure water every day. However, if you are overweight you should take (1) one additional glass for every 25 lbs. of excess weight you are trying to lose. The amount that you drink should be increased if you exercise, or if the weather is hot and dry.



Preferably, your drinking water should be taken cold... Cold water is absorbed more quickly into the system than warm water. Some evidence suggests that drinking cold water can actually burn calories. When the body gets all the water it needs to function optimally, all body system fluids will perfectly balance. When this happens . . . you reach the "breakthrough point".



So what does that mean? That's the point at which Endocrine gland function improves... and fluid retention is alleviated as stored water is lost. More fat can be used as fuel because the liver is free to metabolize stored fat... and natural thirst returns. There is a loss of hunger almost overnight.



But don't forget this... If you stop drinking enough water your body fluids will again be thrown out of balance . . . Once again you may experience fluid retention, unexplained weight gain and loss of thirst! So what's the remedy this situation? Start over . . . increasing your water intake to force another breakthrough!



I think I may drown!!

Elaine


KnCmamma
04-07-2003, 10:41 AM
Thanx Elaine...

I find this information really helpful....also I am going to pass it on to a few other places I post too.

Sugar Pie
04-07-2003, 12:09 PM
Wow, great article. Now I know exactly why I'm drinking so much of this stuff.

I just read an article that said that you find out the amount of water that you need to consume by taking your weight and dividing it in two and the using that number as the ounces you should drink a day. UUGGG. I have to drink 118 ounces a day, that means that I have to drink 6 of my 20 oz. bottles a day! Talk about floating away, lol. So far I've only been able to drink 4 bottles in a day.

I also read an article in prevention magazine where a lady recommended wearing bracelets, 1 for each glass of water that you need to drink a day, and then moving them to the other hand as you drank your water. I took her idea and changed it to suit me. I use the same 20 oz. water bottle everyday throughout the day (I take it everywhere w/ me) so instead of bracelets on my arms I put 6 colored rubber bands on my water bottle near the top and slide 1 down for each bottle I drink. This has been working great for me and thought that I'd pass the idea along to everyone.


Sandi
04-07-2003, 01:48 PM
Sugar pie - Very interesting idea! Thanks for sharing!

ShrinkingPat
04-07-2003, 02:16 PM
Another interesting article from Web MD about drinking water:

How Much Water Do You Really Need to Drink? (http://my.webmd.com/content/article/14/1668_51096)

With so many conflicting reports it's hard to know exactly how much water we should drink. (I'm a big water drinker.)

Jennelle
04-07-2003, 11:44 PM
Be careful ... you can overdose on water, too! Seriously - if you drink more than two gallons in a day, you can suffer from "water intoxication." It messes with the sodium/potassium balance in your system and your cells are unable to function and start dying.

SuchAPrettyFace
04-08-2003, 01:28 AM
The kidney dr said I can't have any more than 2 liters a day.

ShrinkingPat
04-08-2003, 06:23 AM
Here's a another article about drinking too much water. The author is a physician who is also a professor at Harvard Medical School (just thought I might mention his credentials).

Medical Myth: The '8 Glasses Per Day' Rule (http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/349/358636.html)