I thought it would be important to write about something we all take for granted—water. Not only is water essential for life and keeping the body healthy, drinking water is proven to assist in weight loss. Most importantly, water is the body’s cleansing fluid. But it doesn’t stop there; water carries nutrients and oxygen, and protects joints and organs. Its also hugely beneficial with digestion and metabolism.
Dehydration is the root of many serious diseases and sadly, many Americans walk around each day dehydrated—without knowing it! Feeling fatigued? You are most likely dehydrated. Your blood is made up of 90% water. As a body becomes dehydrated, blood is the first place your body goes to for water. When your body takes water from your blood, your blood volume decreases and so does your energy!
How does water help you lose weight? If you’re looking for a magic bullet to get your weight loss under way, there is no better strategy than to drink at least half your body weight in water-ounces everyday. Here’s why: Water is a natural appetite suppressor, and it helps the body metabolize fat.
When the kidneys are not getting enough water and can’t function properly, the liver is called upon and takes on the role of eliminating toxins from our systems. Normally, one of the liver’s big jobs is to metabolize stored fat into a usable form of energy. But when the liver is busy doing the kidney’s job, it is unavailable to metabolize stored fat. As more and more fat is stored in the body, there is zero chance for weight loss.
As you are losing weight, your body will have more toxins and waste to get rid of. Increase your water intake at this point, and your body will eliminate wastes more efficiently, thereby helping you lose weight!