WATER - Week beginning Monday 29th July 2019

  • Your body is estimated to be about 60 to 70 percent water.
  • The body needs water to maintain its normal functions including respiration, circulation and excretion.
  • Few people think of water as a nutrient, but considering that water accounts for about two-thirds of a person's body weight, it's the most essential nutrient of all.
  • You would die from lack of water before you would die from lack of food. You can last approx 3 weeks without food but only 3 days without water.
  • Research suggests that a person can increase their speed metabolism by drinking more water. A German study published in the December 2003 issue of the "Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism" showed that men in the study who drank two more glasses of water each day burned more fat.
  • Drinking 2 litres of water per day is the general recommendation as it is thought the body loses this amount daily.
  • This suggests that increasing fluid volume in the body may help to break down fat.
  • Research also shows that the body needs three grams of fluid to break down every gram of carbohydrate a person consumes in order to increase metabolism.
  • In turn not drinking enough water leads to dehydration which can slow metabolism.
  • A good rule of thumb is to drink water throughout the day before you feel thirsty. If you wait until you feel thirsty to drink, your body is already beginning to dehydrate.

  • Although it is the function of the kidneys to process water and eliminate toxins from the body, when the body becomes dehydrated the liver takes over.
  • The job of the liver is to convert stored fat into energy, but if the kidneys do not get the water they need to function, the liver needs to help out.
  • Unfortunately, this leaves the liver less time to metabolize fat as it begins to accumulate fluid instead. When the body does not get enough water, it stores it for later use. When liver function slows so does the body's metabolism.
  • Drinking enough water can increase metabolic rate by allowing the liver to focus on its role in storing glycogen instead of fluid retention. Glycogen is the body's way of storing glucose, the body's main source of fuel for energy.
  • Less water also means that it is more difficult for your heart to pump blood around the body.

Here are a few quick ways to tell if you are dehydrated:

  • Pinch your skin and it doesn’t ping back into shape quickly.
  • Dark urine
  • Feeling thirsty
  • Headaches

In conclusion:

  • Water is vital for your body to function properly but it can also help you to lose weight efficiently. When we say drink your water don’t forget there is real science behind it!!
  • Saying to me “But then I’m going to pee all the time!” is a ridiculous and lazy excuse for not drinking your water. The more you need to pee the more you walk back and forth to the loo; the more you walk back and forth to the loo the more calories you burn! WIN! WIN!
  • I know some of you cannot leave your post at work to go for a wee so you just have to get clever with when you drink your water.