Water: Beverage of Life

Water: The Beverage of Life by Bette L. Hall, MA (AAMA)

Water and weight loss go hand-in-hand. Let me give you an illustration. When you empty the pot of oatmeal into the sink it just sits there. If you didn’t do anything with it and allowed it to sit, eventually it would ferment and rot, and become infested with flies or maggots. Imagine if you eat a meal and don’t take in any liquids, your food would just sit there and ferment and rot causing constipation and other digestive problems.

Once you’ve thrown the oatmeal into the sink, if you wash it down the drain with water, it will easily go down the pipes and your sink will be clean and fresh and healthy. The body is the same way. You’ve got to wash that meal down the pipes (your esophagus) with water to keep your system clean and fresh and healthy.

On the other hand, if you wash the oatmeal down the drain with soda pop, the oatmeal will go down but the sink will be sticky and stained and unhealthy. Likewise, the soda pop will cause your system to be unhealthy and can lead to various problems.

Water is a simple substance consisting of one part oxygen and two parts hydrogen. It has no calories, it’s low in sodium, and contains no caffeine. Water has no fat and no cholesterol.

Every cell, tissue, and organ of the body needs water to function. The body needs water more than it needs any other nutrient. Water is the main constituent of every bodily fluid–blood, saliva, urine, amniotic fluid (the liquid in a fetal sac), perspiration, synovial fluid, sputum, and tears. Water moistens the eyes and the tissues lining the nose and mouth.

You ask how much water is required by the human body? The American Dietetic Association recommends 8-12 cups of water daily. The National Kidney Foundation says, “You should drink at least 12 to 16 cups (3 to 4 quarts or liters) of fluid throughout the day. Most of this should be water.”

I can’t stress to you enough the importance of water for a healthy diet/lifestyle. It’s one of my incredible secrets that’s really no secret at all.

About the Author:
Writing health and weight loss articles for over twenty years, Bette has become an author in demand.  More articles can be found at www.SlimmerYou.info

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