Monday, March 12, 2012

The Ultimate Supplement for a Healthy Body?

It is estimated that about 80% of North Americans suffer from energy loss due to minor dehydration. This lack of clean, pure water consumption causes your blood to be literally thicker, and your body has to work much harder to cause it to circulate, which is hard on your liver and heart.

Neither the liver nor the kidneys can do their job efficiently as a result of dehydration. The brain becomes less active, it's hard to concentrate, your body feels fatigued, and you just really would rather take a nap. Dehydration also slows the rate of the fat burning. If you want to have steady fat loss, and high energy, it is necessary to keep your body hydrated.

Whether you are a pro athlete, or you sit behind a desk all day, it is essential to understand the importance of staying hydrated and eating high fiber, high water content foods.

It's ironic that to keep our livers and bodies healthy, many of us give so much importance to vitamins, minerals, and other various health supplements. We worry about our consumption of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but we neglect drinking water which is the major component of our body. Water is probably the most important supplement we can take every day to help disease prevention, and to support liver health and digestive health.

Make sure the water you drink is good, quality water free from chemicals and other toxins that cause more work for your liver. As you add more water (and less sodas and sweetened drinks) to your diet keep these things in mind;

· It generally takes about one month of drinking water instead of soda to reduce the sugar craving and learn to appreciate the flavor of pure water.

· Remember that alcohol, like caffeine, is dehydrating, and you would benefit from drinking a glass of water with each alcoholic drink.

· Keep water with you when you are at work, home, in the car, or playing.

· Increase your consumption of high water content foods. These include soups, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, dark leafy greens, radishes, squash, lemons, melons, and fruits. Smoothies are a simple, quick way to include more high water content foods.

· Take the urine test. The color of lemonade: Good. The color of apple juice: Drink More!

· Often we mistake thirst for hunger... drinking water or consuming some high water content snacks could save calories and prevent extra stress on your liver!

· When exercising, drink more water to compensate for the extra loss.

· Gradually increasing your water intake over a couple of weeks will allow your body to adjust and to minimize those trips to the bathroom.

· Try adding lemon or lime to your water. This not only gives it a pleasant flavor, but the lemon also cleanses the liver and provides extra nutrition!

I'm sure most everyone who reads this is aware of the water "rule" of 8 to 10 eight ounce glasses of water daily. Some people may require more, but also keep in mind that consuming high water content foods will also contribute to that goal.

In summary, avoiding dehydration will benefit you in these ways:

Improves yotr energy.
Increases your mental performance (a mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or printed page).
Increases your physical performance (mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue).
Helps the liver and kidneys remove toxins and waste products from your body preventing constipation.
Keeps skin healthy and glowing.
Decreases risk of cancer and other disease issues..
Helps you lose weight. Mild dehydration can cause a 3% drop in baseline metabolism, resulting in the gain of one pound of fat every six months!
Improves digestion and helps prevent constipation.
Could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80 % of sufferers.
Reduces the risk of kidney stone formation.

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