WATER – THE GIFT OF LIFE
Your body consists of 70 percent water. The role of water is to balance hormones, eliminate waste product and maintain cells.Drinking 8 glasses of water during the day is just as essential for weight control as exercise and food. When we don’t drink enough water, the liver will turn its attention to water retention instead of doing other duties such as burning fats. A lack of water can thus slow the metabolic rate just as a lack of food can.
Benefits of drinking enough water, from a weight loss perspective
- Drink a lot of water to reduce fluid retention.
- Water is a natural appetite suppressant.
- Water is just as important as the right food in order to control blood sugar levels.
- It is possible that when you crave certain foods, that your body requires moisture instead of food. If you are really hungry, it might be a good idea if you drink a glass of water 10 minutes before you feast on food.
How much water should you drink?
Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of pure water or herbal teas.
It is important to note that drinking too much water can wash out essential nutrients.
When is the best time to drink water?
Avoid taking water with meal as it dilutes the digestive enzymes, making it more difficult to digest the food. If you are really thirsty, just take a sip or two.
Drinking water at certain times maximises its effectiveness on the body
1 glass of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack