The function of your kidneys is to filter your blood (which is mostly water). And one
of the functions of your liver is to metabolize fat. If you don’t consume enough
water, your kidneys can’t function properly, so your liver starts to help perform
kidney functions. So, if your liver is busy helping your ailing kidneys, you can’t burn
as much fat. Let me repeat that: No matter how much you exercise, if you don’t
drink enough water, your liver will not metabolize fat for you, because it is
trying to help your kidneys.
Too Much Water?
Being hyper-hydrated (consuming too much water) is not in any way harmful
, and actually helps your body metabolize fat. The greatest ill effect of excess
water consumption is that you will visit the washroom more often. Consider it a
chance to fit in a little more exercise into your daily routine.
There have been a few cases of long distance runners who have died from drinking
water to toxic levels, but this is extremely rare, and their situation is very unique, so
it is nothing for a normal person to worry about.
You may have a medical condition that causes you to retain water, probably because
of excess salt (sodium) in your system. The solution is simple: drink more
water. Your body retains water for the same reason it retains fat: your body
thinks that it’s hard to come by. If you teach your body that food is abundant, it will
stop storing it. If you teach your body that water is abundant by drinking more of
it, your body will stop storing it. For more information on how your body adapts to
various stimuli, read my articles about adaptation on my website, they’re free.
The more water you drink the healthier your skin becomes, because it has to be
moisturized from the inside and out. It also contributes to joint lubrication,
reducing the risk of injury in any activity. Water is the best cure for constipation,
and should be your first choice, even before increasing fiber or taking
When you are active, you should drink even more water, especially on hot days, to
replace what you lose in sweat. Do not wait until you’re thirsty, because
that is your body telling you that it is already under-hydrated. Try to keep yourself
over-hydrated for best health. Here’s an extra tip: cold water is more easily
absorbed into your system, plus it slightly lowers your body temperature, so you
have to burn a few extra calories to bring your body temperature back up.
I Drink Plenty of Coffee, That’s Mostly Water, Right?
What counts as water? Some say “only water”, but some research has found that
fruit juices that are mostly water can be counted towards your daily quota.
However, you simply can’t drink as much juice as you can water. Juice will fill you
up, and contains sugar which you should try to minimize in your diet. So, it’s really
not a substitute for simple, clear water. And even though coffee is made with
mostly water, it does not count since it is a diuretic and actually
strips water from your system. Colas are also full of that diuretic caffeine, besides
their ultra-high sugar content, so soft drinks should be the first item to stop
consuming if you’re trying to lose weight. Replace those “alternatives” with a
glass of water, and you’ll feel better and start losing pounds and inches.
It was recently found that even diet sodas do not help dieters, go to the “news”
section of my site to read more about this research.
I hope it goes without saying that alcohol, even when mixed with water, is a diuretic
and my advice is to minimize your consumption of alcoholic drinks.
You don’t have to drink a huge glass or two all at once, either. I have a large
glass of water at my desk all day. As soon as it is empty, I refill it. I naturally
sip it whenever I like, and I end up drinking more than my quota of water every day.
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