Did you know that the most common nutritional deficiency is water? This is often in the form of mild dehydration, making almost any existing problem worse, no matter how minor. This is the primary reason how the importance of water shows up in almost every bodily function.
Our bodies consist of over 70% water, contained in and around every cell. Without water the cell can not function, this includes the cells that makeup muscle fibres. Therefore any attempted muscle activity or use may be inhibited as a state of “dry out” occurs, resulting in muscular stiffness, reduced mobility and possibly pain. Not good!
Especially in an exercising individual, as water requirements may increase 5-10 times compared to a non-active person, topping up your water levels may be the key element in combating fatigue.
Water helps the body metabolise stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake may cause fat deposits to increase while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.
Here’s why; The kidneys cannot function properly without enough water. When they do not work to capacity, some of the load is dumped onto the liver.
One of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolise stored fat into usable energy for the body. But, if the liver has to do some of the kidney’s work, it cannot work at full throttle. As a result, it metabolises less fat; more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss stops.
It’s worth mentioning that some fizzy drinks, coffee, tea and alcohol actually cause the body to lose valuable water, they often contain diuretic substances, and therefore the water lost through the use of these should also be replenished on top of the required 2 litres.
While drinking a few pints of water a day may be more than you are used to, the simplest way is to keep sipping and gradually increase your intake. It may sound like an effort, but it has to be the cheapest way for the body to keep healthy.
To keep our body fluids balanced, it is suggested we should drink around 2 litres of water per day and even more in hotter weather and when we exercise. There is the argument that you can achieve this through food, and that may have been the case years ago, however, the change in diet and quality of food means you can no longer depend on it alone.