POPS: Dehydration from drinking too little water and too many bad fluids like soda and other sugary drinks.
- Water is critical to good health.
- Water is necessary for nearly every bodily function, including circulation, digestion, absorption, excretion, and nutrient distribution to all cells.
- 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.
- Lack of water can affect our weight-loss efforts.
- Most of us retain water because we do not drink enough water.
- We mistake thirst for hunger, so we eat instead of drinking water.
- Dehydration not only has health consequences but also affects our mood and can make us lethargic, making it impossible to exercise and eat correctly.
- Thirst cannot always be relied on as the best indicator of water requirements. If you're thirsty, you're probably already dehydrated.
- 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.
- Drink an average of eight to ten cups of water each day (depending on your body weight).
- You may need more water if you are exercising, drinking coffee or other caffeinated drinks, taking medications, and/or consuming alcohol.
- It's best to drink room-temperature water–iced water can delay digestion if consumed with a meal.
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!"