Weight Management

The importance of water in your diet

Water is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen. It is the basis for the fluids of the body.

Function

Water makes up more than two-thirds of the weight of the human body. Without water, humans would die in a few days. All the cells and organs need water to function.

Water serves as a lubricant. It makes up saliva and the fluids surrounding the joints. Water regulates the body temperature through perspiration. It also helps prevent and relieve constipation by moving food through the intestines.

Increase metabolism (cold water)

Appetite control, fill you up (hot water)

Aid in weight loss

Flush out toxins

Get you healthier skin

Reduce risk of certain cancers

Help digestion and constipation

How to drink more water!!!

If you think you’re not getting enough water each day, the following tips may help:

Carry a water bottle for easy access when you are at work or running errands.

Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. This tip can also help with weight management. Substituting water for one 20-ounce sugar-sweetened soda will save you about 240 calories.

Give your water a little pizzazz by adding a wedge of lime or lemon. This may improve the taste, and you just might drink more water than you usually do.

Sources

U.S. National Library of Medicine & NIH. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Water in Diet. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002471.htm

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