Oct 29, 2009

"Diet Villain" ALERT: POPS (lack of water)

POPS: Dehydration from drinking too little water and too many bad fluids like soda and other sugary drinks.

Water is essential for life–it makes up about two-thirds of a person's body weight and is the second most important nutrient next to oxygen. We can live without food for weeks, but only a few days without water. Drinking plenty of water stand alone as the best thing you can do for your body.

  1. Water is critical to good health.
  2. Water is necessary for nearly every bodily function, including circulation, digestion, absorption, excretion, and nutrient distribution to all cells.
  3. Adequate amounts of water are vital to lung function; mitigate high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity, diabetes, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, hiatal hernias, headaches, angina, allergies, and constipation; prevent kidney stones; and slow aging.
  4. Lack of water can affect our weight-loss efforts.
  5. Most of us retain water because we do not drink enough water.
  6. We mistake thirst for hunger, so we eat instead of drinking water.
  7. Dehydration not only has health consequences but also affects our mood and can make us lethargic, making it impossible to exercise and eat correctly.
  8. Thirst cannot always be relied on as the best indicator of water requirements. If you're thirsty, you're probably already dehydrated.
  1. Supply your body with enough water each day and you will reap the rewards of health, vitality, energy, great skin, appetite control, reduced fat and bloating, and much more.
  2. Drink an average of eight to ten cups of water each day (depending on your body weight).
  3. You may need more water if you are exercising, drinking coffee or other caffeinated drinks, taking medications, and/or consuming alcohol.
  4. It's best to drink room-temperature water–iced water can delay digestion if consumed with a meal.
Drinking bottled water is probably better than drinking tap water.
Another option is tap-water filtering system, which is less expensive than bottled water.

This is part of Factor #1: Liquid Consumption of the Five Factors Affecting Body Fat & Health. More on liquid consumption coming...and how "what you are drinking can truly make or break your dieting efforts!"

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