Author: Rosetta Danigole, UMC Lead Dietician
Water is an essential nutrient and a thirst quencher that can also trim our waistlines.
Here are 10 reasons you should be drinking enough water daily:
1. Boosts Your Metabolism
Drinking water helps the body burn fat. Studies show that drinking 17 ounces of water can increase the metabolic rate by 30% in both men and woman. Even mild dehydration can slow down metabolic rate by 3%. So drink up and burn fat.
2. Fills you up
If you’re feeling hungry, try sipping some water first because what feels like hunger might be thirst. When you drink water between meals, you’re less likely to overeat and you won’t eat as much junk.
3. Naturally helps your body release fat cells
Water helps rid the body of waste. During weight loss the body has a lot of waste to rid itself of and metabolized fat must be shed. Water helps flush out the waste. Therefore your cells shrink when they are plumped up by water.
4. Keeps food moving through your system
Staying hydrated helps your body break down food so that your body can absorb nutrients. Water also softens stool which helps prevent constipation.
5. Flushes toxins from your system
Your kidneys and liver get rid of toxins. Water helps the kidneys to have enough fluid to function properly leading to flushing out metabolized waste.
6. Improves your mood
Mild dehydration leads to moodiness, problems concentrating and fatigue in a recent study. Remember 85% of your brain tissue is made up of water.
7. Reduces muscle fatigue while working out
Blood flow to muscle is reduced when dehydrated.
8. Helps you recuperate faster from a workout
Water helps keep the body in homeostasis and electrolyte balance.
9. Keeps your organs healthy while you’re sweating
Our organs are made of high concentrations of water, and we need to stay.
10. Keeps you from feeling groggy in the morning
Drinking a few glasses of water in the morning will help to wake you up.
Don’t like the taste of water? Try infusing it with lemons, limes, cucumber and mint for a tasty and healthful summer drink.
Sugary sodas, lemonade and sweet tea or smoothies — although refreshing – for some can pack a lot of empty inflammatory-type calories.
Please remember to drink your water and stay hydrated!
About the Author
As the lead dietitian at University Medical Center New Orleans, Rosetta Danigole manages clinical dietetic operations. She is a member of the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and belongs to the clinical dietitian practice group. She has been a dietitian for 35 years.