DID YOU KNOW ?
It may come as quite a surprise to learn that cheap, simple pure water is not only our most important nutrient, although it does not even provide any calories; it is at the same time also a most effective fat-loss aid, an all-round remedy for the treatment and prevention of many health conditions, and for a great many other reasons simply indispensable to life.
Not even one single process in our bodies could take place without water; every cell is regulated, monitored and dependent on an efficient flow of water: water regulates our body temperature and blood circulation, carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells, removes toxins and other waste products from our cells and bloodstream, aids in the digestion and absorption of foods, helps to convert food into energy and protects and cushions our joints and vital organs, including the spine.
The adult human body consists between 55% and 75 % of water: water makes up 85% – 95% of our brain tissue, almost 90% of our lungs, 82% – 83% of our blood and 75% of our muscles. Roughly two thirds of our body weight is water.
Considering these data and figures, it is easy to understand, why experts rank water only as second to oxygen in its importance for life. While we can survive for more than a month without food, we will die within a few days without water!
Many health- and fitness-enthusiasts are already well aware of how important it is to drink ample quantities of water. However, it may be a matter of special interest to learn more about water’s role in body-fat loss and in the reduction of cellulite.
First of all, water acts as a natural appetite suppressant, and drinking a glass or two twenty minutes before a meal may help you to avoid overeating.
More importantly, drinking not enough water negatively affects our body’s ability to metabolize fat. Our kidneys depend on plenty of fresh water to enable them to effectively eliminate wastes such as uric acid, urea and lactic acid, as all of these must be dissolved in water. In the event that the kidneys are insufficiently supplied with water, the liver has to step in to perform some of the kidney’s tasks. However, being occupied with some of the kidney’s work, the liver can not perform its own tasks, which includes metabolizing stored fats into usable energy as efficiently as it should. As a result, fat remains stored on our body instead of being used up for energy. Obviously, a decrease in water intake will eventually lead to an increase in fat deposits, while an increase in water intake will help reduce fat deposits.
Increasing water consumption will also positively affect the appearance of women’s cellulite in the buttock and thigh areas much more than all those thousands of cosmetic creams, potions and pills that have flooded the market over the years. The common culprits which cause cellulite, such as a diet high in hidden fats and salt (sodium-chloride) combined with insufficient consumption of water, can be significantly improved by merely drinking more pure water. The reason is easy to comprehend: When we don’t drink enough water, our body perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to store water, particularly in the extra-cellular tissues underneath the skin. Unfortunately, water retention is one of the major contributors to cellulite problems, as retaining water inhibits the body from flushing the system of toxins, leading to the formation of cellulite. Drinking plenty of pure water throughout the day fixes this problem fast, as our body now feels free to release the redundant stored water; drinking copious amounts of water makes the body realize that retaining water is simply no longer required, due to the continuous plentiful supply. The habit of drinking adequate amounts of water also helps to flush out excess salt from our system, eliminating another major cause of water retention, and thus helps our body to return to normal much quicker. Getting rid of excessively retained body water will not only result in significant improvement of cellulite, but may also lead to significant weight loss.
If you are serious about becoming leaner and healthier, drinking water is an absolute must.
Last but not least, it may be interesting for you to know that drinking at least eight glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking enough water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer (by 50%), may decrease the risk of breast cancer, may protect you from heart attacks, and will even help to keep your immune system at its best. Simply drinking enough water every day can also improve your general outlook on life, enhance your abilities on the job, and even improve your performance levels in the gym.