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Why you need to drink more water

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 2 4

If you've ever made new years resolutions then eating better has probably been one of them. We should include drinking better also. The choices we make daily of what to drink with and between the meals we eat have a huge impact on our waist lines and our health.

On average, a 12 ounce can of soft drink has 40 grams of sugar in it. We are all familiar with those little packets of sugar we see on restaurant tables. They contain around 4 grams of sugar in each. That's a lot of sugar for you to consume each time you drink a soda. The fact that almost all restaurants, whether they are a "fast food" chain or a "casual dining" establishment, subscribe to a bigger is better or the bottomless cup mentality doesn't help us in our quest to lose weight. Soda was used in the past to clean rust off of metal! Do you really want to ingest something with that much acidity in it?

You could switch to juice. 100% fruit juice is certainly healthier than sodas right? Fruit juice still contains a lot of sugar although you get fructose not glucose. Fructose is a slower burning carbohydrate and doesn't trigger your bodies insulin response so if you are concerned about diabetes it is a better choice than sodas in that regard. It still contains calories though and those are calories that need to be burned or they'll be stored as fat in the body. It's still carbohydrates and if you consume to many carbs your body can convert them to cholesterol.

Water is truly what nature intended for us to drink. Our bodies are more than 60% water. Natural spring or purified water will quench your thirst without all the sugar and carbonation or acids of other drinks. Often, what are actually thirst signals, we mistake for hunger pangs. If for no other reason than that we should drink water to help us lose weight but that's not where waters benefits end.

Nearly every biological activity that takes place in your body utilizes water. If you don't supply yourself with enough then your body slows down. We've established that your body is over 60% water. Your muscles are over 70% water. Why is that important? Your muscles are the fat burning engine of your body. You can see that water plays a vital role in metabolism and dehydration is your enemy. If your serious about being healthier or losing weight then drinking more water has to be a large part of your program.



Feb 6, 2011 1:30am
good article, we definitely should drink more water. Although going back to my childhood you never saw people carrying drinks of water with them when going out. so we must all be taking a bit more notice and doing the right things. Although we all need to reduce the cooldrink and cordial intake thats for sure.
Nov 28, 2011 8:49am
I love drinking water. But in this economy I'm wondering if its better to start drinking tap water. I drink water everyday. It's usually Deer Park, Dasani etc. For some reason when I drink tap water it just doesn't go right in my stomach even with a filter. I just hope some improvements can be made in the process of cleaning water.
Jan 4, 2012 12:21pm
Good article, water is by far the most important liquid to consume. I'm a lucky one, I have a fresh water spring fed well at my house. The water is awesome. And I might add, much better than any bottled water.
May 3, 2012 1:40am
Nice article, water is almost an important intake for body and proper and sufficient intake is almost necessary. Thanks for sharing
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