A major portion of the human body contains water. Water plays an important role in the circulatory system, digestive system and even the excretory system of the body. Drinking the right amount of water can help maintain all these systems. Since water is a constituent of each and every cell in the body, dehydration can lead to a loss in body metabolism. This makes one feel tired and exhausted.
This is especially true when exercising. Exercising during a weight loss program results in burning a lot of calories. This depletes the body of water. More water is lost during the process of sweating.This can be compensated by drinking at least one glass of water after exercise.Nutritionists recommend taking a little fenugreek along with water to aid in bowel movements.
Weight loss diets involve a lot of fiber content. Foods rich in fiber such as salads are recommended because they are also rich in water content. Fiber rich foods require a lot of water, since water aids in digestion thereby preventing constipation. Water helps in building muscle tone and acts as lubricant for muscle joints in the body. About 75% of muscles in our body contain water.Water also helps the kidneys functioning properly.
Weight loss diets cut down on a lot of carbohydrates. This “hunger” can be pacified by drinking water to some extent. Water makes a person feel full and satiated. Though the amount of water to be consumed depends on a various factors such as diet, temperature, humidity, etc.. Nutritionists recommend drinking 8 glasses of water per day. Drinking excess leads to the body becoming over hydrated and can lead to constipation.
How can we see to it we have adequate water in our daily lives? We can carry a sports bottle filled with water with us throughout the day. At night, we can keep a bottle of water by our bedside. We can cut down on our intake of coffee and other diuretics that drain the water from our body and drink water instead! We can substitute juices that are rich in sugar and calories with water. As Henry David Thoreau put it “Water is the only drink for a wise man!”.