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By Tara Curran

Monday, July 25, 2011

Our bodies are made up of about 66 percent water. At every moment water escapes our bodies through sweat, urination, defecation or exhaled breath, so it is essential to replace this lost water. The best way to replenish this lost fluid is to drink 1.5-2 litres of pure fresh water each day. Try it for a few weeks and you will soon notice all the many benefits.

Drinking water can help with weight loss as it is a natural, calorie free, preservative free way to reduce your appetite. Many people confuse feeling thirsty with feeling hungry, so they eat when their body wants them to drink. Drinking enough water will keep our bodies hydrated and help us to avoid unnecessary snacking. Water also helps to prevent headaches and fatigue which are widely caused by dehydration. So by sipping away at some water each day we can stay physically and mentally alert.


Water also helps to improve the texture of our skin and gives us a natural glow. Many people suffer with dry skin simply as a result of dehydration. Water also helps flush toxins out of the body which can help with combating acne. Another reason to drink more water is the benefits it has on our digestive system. Water can help alleviate constipation by helping food move more easily through our bowels.

Some people need more water than others, especially those who exercise regularly or those who live in hot climates. Physical activity and increased temperatures causes our bodies to lose an increased amount of water through sweat so it is vital that this fluid is replaced. If you are exercising ensure that you hydrate beforehand, bring a bottle of water with you to drink throughout your training session replenish your fluid levels afterwards.

Our bodies ingest about 1 litre of water each day from the food we eat. Fruit and vegetables are full of water so those following a Low Carb plan, and are restricting their fruit and vegetable intake, need to ensure that they drink extra water to stay hydrated.
Sometimes it can be hard to drink enough water so here are some tips to help you stay hydrated…
  • Split your intake into small 250ml glasses throughout the day.
  • Have a glass when you get up and one with each meal and snack.
  • If you are on the go all day carry a plastic water bottle with you.
  • If you work in an office environment keep a water bottle on your desk to sip from throughout the day.
  • Add some sugar free squash or a squirt of lemon of lime juice to the water to make it a bit more interesting.
  • On a cold morning a cup of warm water with a splash of lemon juice will heat you up and kick start your metabolism.

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