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Drink More Water, Lose More Weight

Posted by Trainer Aaron on August 30, 2010


Most people are walking around in a perpetual state of dehydration. Today we are told by marketing that when we’re thirsty, we should have a soda, or a “sports drink” or some type of vitamin-water drink. All of these are options that merely 100 years ago would have been almost impossible to find. In some cases we are told that these are even better for us than water. Guess what, that’s not possible.

Water is what our bodies are designed to drink. 5000 years ago water, and maybe a little wine every now and again, would have been our only real options. Our bodies aren’t meant to consume these sugary imposters. When is the last time that you drank real, pure water? How often do you consume soda, lemonaide, ice tea, coffee, or some other sweetened beverage, including the “diet” ones?

Water serves a number of purposes within the body. It helps cushion our joints, which helps prevent pain. Water is essential for digesting food. It is also important for getting rid of various toxic elements from the body, in the form of urine, sweat and fecal matter. Water present in blood is the carrier of oxygen and nutrients to all our body cells. Water present in lymph (a fluid that is part of our immune system) helps the body to fight against various diseases. Water helps to regulate and maintain our body temperature.

Most importantly, water helps elevate your metabolism. When attempting to shed excess bodyfat you will lose more fat by making sure that you stay properly hydrated.

“But I’m retaining water!!!”

Your water retention is likely due to your dehydration. While there are a number of causes of water retention, the body does not normally store something it gets plenty of. However when the body is not getting what it needs, it will store all that it does get. The best way to deal with water retention is to make sure you’re drinking enough pure water.

Okay, how much water should I be drinking?

For optimal hydration it is best to consume 0.6-0.7 ounces per pound of bodyweight. This means that a person who weighs 150 pounds should be drinking 90-105 ounces per day, or about three liters/quarts.

Keep in mind that if you are extremely active, or sweat a lot due to your job or just being out in the summer sun, you may have to drink more than this. The best rule of thumb is that your urine in the morning should be relatively clear, not brighter than a highlighter.

**TIP: to make your water more usable by the body add just a pinch of Celtic Sea Salt to every quart of water. This will add beneficial minerals that will also help increase hydration, and help deal with mineral deficiencies, without changing the taste.

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