Drink More Water
Simply put, body fat is created by the types of foods we eat and the hormones they make us produce. If you eat high-calorie, nutrient-deprived foods, you will increase hormones that make you fat.
Changing your diet is essential for weight loss. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will also help you lose weight—and fat—for several reasons.
For one, by replacing high-calorie, sweetened beverages like sodas, Gatorade, and Sobe teas with water, you will reduce the calories you take in. Eating high-calorie foods and drinking beverages loaded with refined sugars is a sure way to increase your body fat in a short period of time.
By replacing unhealthful beverages with water, you will consume fewer calories and reduce the fat-making hormones, which is a great first step.
Drinking water throughout the day, especially right before a meal, can also make you feel full, thus reducing the amount of calories you take in. However, I don’t suggest that you go on a “water diet” in hopes of slimming down.
Eating foods high in nutrition and low in calories, along with drinking plenty of water, is a good way to stay satiated, so you won’t eat processed junk foods. Nutrient-rich foods such as dark-green and rainbow-colored vegetables, along with low-sugar fruits, also provide water and fiber, which curbs the appetite by making you feel full.
Benefits of Water
Water transports oxygen and nutrients to the cells, detoxifies them, helps to regulate body temperature, boosts metabolism, and moisturizes joints.
Most of us walk around dehydrated. We lose water constantly throughout the day, especially during the warmer months due to sweating. You can’t replace it by downing coffee or a beer. Alcoholic and caffeinated drinks are diuretics and cause you to lose more water.
If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
In the journals Metabolism, The Lancet, and European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers reported that hydrating the body increases fat burning, as well as the number of enzymes that cause fat-burning.
The researchers also found that proper hydration preserves muscle. They concluded that drinking water is definitely a must for sustainable fat loss and a healthy body composition.
So, how much water is enough?
Different factors play a role in the need for water. The amount you need depends on the climate, your diet, your height and weight, how much exercise you get, and the medications you take. It also depends on the health conditions you have.
While individual needs may vary, for the average adult, drinking 2–3 liters (8–13 cups) of water a day is a good place to start.
Drinking water improves detoxification and digestion. If you are looking to shed those extra pounds, drinking water is not only imperative for your health, but also a must for your fat-loss efforts.
Dr. Robert Zembroski, DC, DACNB, MS, is a chiropractic physician, functional neurologist, clinical nutritionist, and author of “Rebuild.” He is the founder of Cancer Victor—Beyond Survival and Darien Center for Functional Medicine in Connecticut. For more information visit: DrZembroski.com
Guide to Drinking Water
By Derek Henry, www.healingthebody.ca | October 10, 2014
By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body
We all know water is important. It makes up approximately 70% of our physiology and is critical in many areas, including digestion. However, all the water you see today is not created equal. A lot of it has been taken from a decent source, but then has been bastardized to the point that the side effects are more dangerous than the benefits. So what water do you trust? Check out these 6 sources, and see how your current water intake is affecting your body.
By now you would have to be living under a rock to not have heard that most tap water is riddled with contaminants and bares little to no semblance to its original counterpart. Some of the biggest culprits for ruining your tap water include fluoride, chlorine, and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds).
There has been several studies show that fluoride actually has no beneficial effect on our teeth and bones, like we were led to believe. In actuality, fluoride:
• Increases cavities and bone fractures
• Creates behavioral problems and increases cancer death rates
• Bio-accumulates in your tissues and is often stored in the brain and thyroid which can cause fatigue, weakness, and lowering of IQ.
As for chlorine, there has been an observed rise of allergies in connection with adding chlorine to the water supply. This points to damage being done to the immune and digestive systems, as well as your liver.
Last but not least, with industrial farming practices, VOC’s have also managed to leech into the public water supply, and have created another layer to water contamination.
Bottom line, don’t go to tap water for any of your hydration needs, unless you have a private well or your municipality has taken a more proactive approach to a cleaner water supply.
Bottled water seems innocent enough. If you have the choice between a soda or bottled water in the store, you would do yourself a favour by choosing the water.
However, one needs to keep in mind that with plastic bottled water comes xenoestrogens which can cause considerable damage to your intestinal system and your hormones. Not only that, but this author measured the pH of some common bottled waters and they actually registered on the acidic side of the scale. One can only guess that the toxins present due to poorly cured plastics has created much of this issue, and perhaps the commonly held notion that many bottled waters are simply tap water in disguise.
Not only that, but if your care about the earth you need to consider the amount of energy and resources placed into the production of plastic, and the way it is typically disposed of that does nothing to improve the health of this planet.
If you do choose bottled water, look for reputable brands in glass bottles.
Reverse Osmosis Water
Once considered an exceptional option for drinking water, we are now finding out that for very logical reasons, that it really isn’t the best.
Although reverse osmosis water does remove the typical contaminants in our tap water (as does distilled water), it also removes all the minerals contained in the water which ruins it’s nutritive effects, and lowers its natural alkalinity. Some water experts are referring to it as the ‘white flour’ of water, as it has been stripped of all its original health promoting properties.
Others believe than reverse osmosis water can have a dehydrating effect on your intestinal system as it pulls minerals from your intestinal lining to ‘rehydrate’ itself. If you have become constipated while drinking reverse osmosis water, that very well may be the reason.
If you do choose reverse osmosis water (or distilled) water, ensure to remineralize it with a healthy pinch of a good sea salt, or put it through a system that remineralizes it.
In this case, I’m referring to any water that has been put through a standard countertop filtration system. This may be a container or a system that attaches to your tap, whose primary responsibility is to just remove the contaminants found in your typical tap water.
This is the primary system most people tend to gravitate towards when they decide to clean up their drinking water. It is very good for most people as it gets rid of most of the offending toxins, and does not strip all the minerals out of the water like a reverse osmosis or distilled water, for example.
However, you do need to do your due diligence to ensure it takes out most of the dangerous contaminants that could be in your tap water, as they are not all created equal.
If you choose filtered water, get a good system that has been proven to remove harmful contaminants effectively.
Alkaline Water System
The alkaline water systems were held by many in recent years to be the holy grail of water consumption. Although they do have their benefits, you need to keep in mind that the pH of many of them is unnaturally high.
So even though they do deliver exceptional active hydrogen and abundant colloidal mineral content, their use long term has a little asterisk beside it due to pH levels that often exceed 10, and can be as high as 12 or 13. This should not be considered healthy long term, even if the majority of the population is highly acidic. In contrast, natural spring water has a pH of around 8 to 8.5.
When looking at alkaline water systems, make sure to note the pH of the water it delivers, and if it is under 10, you should be fine to use it longer term.
The purest, most original source of water, spring water has been largely forgotten about with the advent of bottled water and all the filtration systems that have hit the market. That, and people simply don’t want to spend much time acquiring one of our basic human necessities.
Spring water, when collected from a qualified source, is the most hydrating and beneficial water you can possibly drink. Not only is it ‘alive’ (unlike any other water sources), it is exceptionally hydrating, mineralizing, and full of oxygen. Besides that, it is very tasty (when comparing with other waters, there is a noticeable difference).
To drink raw spring water, you will want to find an approved spring to ensure it is not contaminated. One of the best resources to find a spring near you is www.findaspring.com.
How Much Water Do I Drink?
For most people, the answer to this simple question would be ‘more than you are drinking now’. Most people are very deficient on their drinking water needs, and would have a hard time overdoing it.
However, a simple, general benchmark is to consume at least half your body weight (in pounds), in clean drinking water (in ounces). So if you weigh 160 pounds, you would need 80 ounces (10 glasses) of water.
Much like the rest of our food supply, it’s generally not the original, pure source of food or water that is the problem, it’s what man has done to it for our ‘convenience’ and ‘well-being’.
Which water are you drinking?
9 Reasons to Drink Lemon Water in the Morning
By GreenMedInfo | November 24, 2014
Did you know that lemons have more potassium than apples or grapes? This interesting fact is just one of the many reasons why drinking lemon juice every morning can impact your health.
Starting your day with lemon juice is an excellent way to boost vitality, increase energy and cleanse out your system. The first thing you put in your body each day can have a big impact on your productivity and mood.
That’s why it’s recommended to start the day with a warm jar of lemon water. You can use anywhere from one half to a whole lemon each morning.
1. Boosts Your Immune System
Since lemon juice is filled with vitamin C, it provides a natural and powerful source of immune health. When you are tired, stressed or overworked Vitamin C levels are the first to go down.
2. Supports Digestion
In addition to supporting health digestion, lemon juice helps rid the intestinal tract of toxins. Lemons are filled with vitamins and minerals which help to alleviate things like heartburn and bloating.
3. Cleans Out Your System
Lemon juice is packed with powerful vitamins and minerals that flush harmful toxins from your system.
4. Decreases Inflammation
Much disease stems from inflammation and drinking lemon juice frequently helps reduce the acidity in your body and thus decreasing inflammation.
5. Helps Improve Weight Loss
Lemon juice contains a lot of pectin fiber which helps fight hunger cravings.
6. Clears Up Your Skin
Because lemon juice is high in antioxidants the Vitamin C helps to decrease blemishes and wrinkles. The overall detoxifying nature of lemons also contributes to clear skin.
7. Helps Fight Infections
A glass of warm lemon water is the perfect to help fight off infections. Not only does it boost your immune system it helps to prevent things like sore throats brought on by viral infections.
8. Gives You an Energy Boost
As lemon juice improves digestion it provides your body with an energy boost when it enters your digestive tract.
9. Excellent Source of Potassium
Potassium is important for brain, nerve and heart health and lemon juice is filled with it.
Add lemon water to your daily routine to start the day with a detoxifying and refreshing warm drink. You won’t regret incorporating this powerful anti-inflammatory beverage into your life. Trust us.
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