If you’ve been feeling like a Michelin man of late, there is a chance you could be retaining water. But by no means should you stop drinking your 2 litre minimums a day! Here’s a greater understanding of the importance of water intake! Why you should embrace the good but tips to avoid the bad.
WHY IS WATER IMPORTANT
The importance of water just can’t be stressed enough. A person can go for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. It plays a vital role in nearly every vital bodily function we have. If your body doesn’t get enough water, it becomes dehydrated.
When you’re dehydrated, you can’t function at your best and may be sluggish or have trouble concentrating, imagine what that’s doing to your organs, your skin, your brain! When you’re dehydrated, your body also can’t flush out toxins or regulate itself as easily. By not flushing out these toxins you will be more susceptible to sickness, disease, weight gain and premature aging.
- Water Helps Your Muscles Perform At Their Best – If you don’t drink enough water during physical activity, your performance can suffer. As little as a 2% loss of fluids can have a noticeable affect on your athletic abilities
- Water Can Help Boost Your Brain Functions and Mood – Your brain is mostly made of water and is highly sensitive to dehydration. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration (1-3%) can have an adverse effect on memory and feelings of anxiety.
- Drinking Water Helps Flush Toxins From Your Kidneys – Higher fluid intake increases the amount of urine that passes through your kidneys, helping to flush toxins from them and supporting normal kidney functions. It also helps prevent the build-up of minerals which could turn into kidney stones.
- Drinking More Water May Help Prevent Constipation – Many people suffer from constipation. It’s caused by many things, including medications, stress, poor diet, and not drinking enough water. Drinking more water (especially carbonated water) is often prescribed as part of a treatment plan for constipation and has been shown in studies to be effective.
- Drinking Water Fights Bad Breath – Bad breath (halitosis) is caused by bacteria lodged in the grooves of your tongue, teeth, and gums. This buildup of bacteria causes bad smelling things called volatile sulfur compounds. When your mouth is dry (like when you first wake up in the morning), you lack the saliva to rinse these compounds out of your mouth. Drinking water helps flush these bacterias and keeps your mouth from having a build up the bad smelling compounds.
WHAT IS WATER WEIGHT & HOW TO GET RID OF IT
You’ve probably heard the term ‘water weight,’ but what does that mean exactly? Our bodies are 60 to 70 percent water. Eating too much of certain foods, or not enough of others, causes your body to hold onto extra water, making you feel bloated and puffy.
For example: When you carb-it-up (because let’s face it, pasta is delicious) for every gram of carbohydrates that your body stores to use for energy later (known as glycogen), it also stores three grams of water.
Whereas eating more vegetables and fruits that contain antioxidants can help us lose water as research supports that an increase in antioxidants helps to flush our system and reduces water retention, as they bind to and neutralize free radicals.
With that said, to ensure your body is full hydrated and performing at its peak drinks lots of water but ‘eat the rainbow’ to avoid that bloated belly feeling from water retention.
Look to eat natural food sources from each colour of the rainbow. Red capsicum, pink strawberries, squash or artichokes for yellow, leafy greens like spinach or kale, blueberries, purple beets or eggplant for blue.