The Importance of Water in your Diet
It’s one of those things that is easy to say and pretty simple to understand, yet not everyone does it. Drinking enough water is not only vital for our health and keeps us alive, but also has many, many benefits. 45-65% is the volume of water that the body is made up of (depending on gender). So it makes sense that we need to keep hydrated in order to maintain that level.
Water is found in the bones, muscle, blood and pretty much everywhere else. It plays a big part in how the body functions in so many ways and it’s a well-known fact that the body can go without food and survive a lot longer without food than it can without a water source.
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Cool water is refreshing and can also help to regulate body temperature. Water plays a big part in the digestion process and that’s why many look to drink more water when they are on a diet. Drinking more water means that digestion is aided which in turn helps with your metabolism. As well as this, when the body is properly hydrated it will give you more energy to exercise and also help you to feel fuller for longer.
Drinking water and hydrating the body is important as water makes us feel fuller for longer. It gives the body what it needs without all of those unwanted calories. Taking on the water before a meal helps us feel fuller and aids our digestion too. This can also help with bowel movements and having more water also helps to fight off any water infections.
With this in mind, consuming food which has a high water content is a positive thing, especially for those who are trying to lose weight. These foods include vegetables and salads including, lettuce, cucumber, celery, tomatoes to name but a few. If you eat these foods and feel full then the body won’t have as many calories to burn as a large part of these foods will be water.
The general government guidelines for water are eight glasses a day. It’s important to know that your water level will deplete if you are exercising more or if you are in a particularly hot environment. Drinking around and during exercise is beneficial in many ways, so it’s important to get into a routine depending on your lifestyle.
Water should be consumed as part of a regular healthy habit. The body is usually getting too close to dehydration if you start to feel thirsty. It should be consumed throughout the day and can be tracked by using the same bottle and filling it up as you go about your day. This can be done by remembering to fill up your bottles when you’re near a filtered water tap. There are also apps and sites online that can help with this with regular reminders being sent to your phone.
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For those people who prefer fizzy drinks, it’s always best to avoid these where possible. These will not hydrate you in the same way at all and often contain additives and sugars that are very bad for the body, not to mention the teeth and skin. In order to make water more interesting try adding natural fruits such as mint, lemon, oranges, and other fruits.