23 Aug Water Part 2
Appetite and Weight:-
The feeling of being thirsty is often mistaken for hunger, particularly as we get older as the thirst mechanism declines with age. Therefore, drinking plenty of water can actually help with appetite control.
Have you heard of ‘pre-loading’ (drinking water before meals) it can be helpful in losing weight. A 2015 study for example, found that simply drinking 500ml of water 30 minutes before each meal, helped overweight adults lose an extra 1.3kg in 12 weeks. Foods with high water content will also help keep us feeling full and help appetite control, while fruit, vegetables and soups are especially good for this too.
Water is important to remove waste products from the body and to help the body process and get rid of any toxins. The kidneys require plenty of water to filter and remove impurities and waste from the blood. The liver, your body’s main detoxification organ also needs water to neutralise harmful substances so they can be safely removed from the body. Adding a squeeze of lemon to your water will further stimulate the liver’s detoxification pathways.
Water is good for the Skin:-
Dehydration causes the skin to become dry, and look dull and even makes wrinkles look worse. Staying well-hydrated is essential for your skin to stay radiant, to help prevent acne and to generally look and function at its best. Fluid retention also occurs when the body is short on fluids, as it hangs on to the precious water it does have, this can make skin look puffy and can make you feel bloated all over. When we drink plenty of water, it helps the body rid itself of excess sodium and ironically reduces water retention.
How Much you ask?
Women need around 0.25ml per kilo of body weight per day, while men require around 0.30ml per kilo of body weight to stay hydrated. We do get some of this from foods, so eating more portions of fruit and vegetables per day will help to close the gap in hydration. However, requirements will increase in hot temperatures or if exercising.
Tips and Help:-
Simply keeping a bottle of water on your desk at work, or filling a jug of water to drink during the day at home can help you drink more. Seeing it is a reminder and it also means you can easily monitor how much you have drunk, compared with trying to keep score of how many glasses you’ve had.
The best way to stay hydrated is to drink plain water, preferably filtered or mineral water. However other drinks such as spa water, herbal and fruit teas can be included for variety.
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