Want the secret trick to looking & feeling great and losing weight?

Posted on February 5, 2010 by

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Ok, it’s not a trick and it’s no secret … It is abundant and amazing quality H2O!  You read that right; it’s Water!


The human body is an incredible machine designed to run on water and minerals. Every life-giving and healing process that happens inside the body happens with water. Every cell needs water to survive. Water makes up about 70% of your body weight, your blood is over 80% water, your brain is more than 75% and your liver? An astounding 86% water!

Increasing your intake of good quality water will enhance digestion, nutrient absorption, skin hydration, and almost every aspect of better health.

Our energy level is greatly affected by the amount of water we drink. Medical studies show that a drop of just 5% in body fluids will cause over 25% loss of energy in the average person. More startling? Death can result from a 15% drop in body fluids! You don’t have to be in the Sahara for that to happen – too many of us don’t drink the required 2L to 4L every day.

Water is the body’s only means of flushing out toxins, which is the key to disease prevention. In our industrialized, chemical-laden society, we’re exposed to hundreds of harmful substances daily. Unfortunately, we can’t keep all toxins from getting into our bodies. However, we can help our bodies get rid of them by drinking plenty of healthy water. The more water we drink, the more we allow the body to purify itself. Almost all degenerative disease is the result of toxins building up in the body. Staying well hydrated ensures that your kidneys are ridding your body of excess salts, wastes and toxins thus allowing your liver to optimize its function of metabolizing more fat. It’s a win-win for you and your body!

The quality of the water we drink is as important as the amount we drink. Water that contains chlorine and other chemicals cause the kidneys to work overtime and lessens their ability to carry toxins out of the body. If we consume water that has traces of synthetic chemicals,  we force our liver and kidneys to be the filter, ultimately damaging or destroying two of our most vital organs.

One of the best ways to prevent, overcome, and often eliminate, illness is to ensure the proper intake of healthy water, with the right minerals and nutrients. The body can overcome many challenges such as chronic headaches, back pain, hypertension, arthritis pain and stiffness, asthma, morning sickness, or even the common hangover (that last one can be a doozy to both your brain and your liver!).

By now, you should know why water is good for you. Even if you knew that already, for many of us drinking water is not a habit. With a little focus, you can make Water a Habit!

For many of us, our morning coffee or fruit juice is a habit. Our afternoon tea is a habit. A cocktail ends the work week. I want to give you some guidance around how to start replacing those habits with good, clean, healthy water. (Did I hear you say “I don’t like the taste of water, Dr. Phil!” If so, add a drop of pure cranberry or pure fruit extract or a squeeze of lemon or lime – party water with all of the goodness intact!)

Here are 9 Powerful Reasons to Drink Water

Weight Loss

Water is one of the best tools for weight loss; it will refresh better than any high calorie soft drink, fruit juice or alcohol. Water has no calories and is an excellent appetite suppressant. Quite often, we think we’re hungry when we’re actually thirsty! Try this: drink 500ml of water before you have a snack. If you’re still hungry, go ahead and have a healthy snack. Drink 500ml before a meal and you’ll reduce your portion size, aiding in your weight-loss. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, and no sugar; it gives you energy and fills you up, helping you stay healthy and lean!

Heart health

Drinking lots of water can lower your risk for heart attack. By staying hydrated, you positively affect your whole-blood and plasma viscosity, reduce fat stored in your bloodstream, and reduce your blood pressure. If you’re not consuming enough water, your body may pull it from your blood, making your blood thicker, harder to pump, and prone to clotting.  Good hydration helps keep your weight down, a critical function of heart, and overall, health!

Energy

Being dehydrated can sap your energy to make you feel tired– even mild dehydration of as little as 1% or 2% of your body weight. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness, and other symptoms. Think of your body, and your brain, as an engine and water as the fuel. If you let your car run out of gas, it goes nowhere. Your body works the same way!

Headache cure

Headaches can be a symptom of dehydration. In fact, dehydration is one of the most common causes of a headache. The next time you begin to suffer from a headache, reach for at least 500ml of good quality room-temp water before you reach for medication. Often re-hydrating will solve the problem. Of course, sometimes headaches indicate something else and should never be ignored. Keep drinking water throughout the day and that can clear up a dehydration headache.

Healthy skin

Drinking water can clear up your skin and may give you a healthy glow. Many toxins are filtered through your skin and, since staying well hydrated helps the kidneys and liver do their job, your skin will be healthier and clearer. Hydration helps to keep skins cells plump and may even reduce the appearance of wrinkles! The quality and quantity of the water we drink determines our ability to metabolize and shed excess fat and properly maintain the largest organ of the body; the skin.

Digestive problems

Your digestive system requires a lot of to digest food properly, absorb nutrients and expel waste. Constipation can be solved very simply by increasing the amount of water you consume. Warm water with lemon in the morning helps to jump-start your digestion. Water can help reduce heartburn and acid reflux.

Cleansing

Toxins and waste products accumulate in your body (even in healthiest of us) and water is the best cleanser to rid our tissues and cells of these toxins.

Cancer risks

By maintaining a healthy digestive system, drinking healthy amounts of water has been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by about 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by over 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Effective exercise

Dehydration can severely hamper your athletic activities, slowing you down and make it harder to lift weights. Reducing the water in your body by as little as 5% can result in a drop in performance of over 20%. Remember, exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during, and after exercise.

How to form the Water Habit

The old ‘rule’ that we’ve heard over and over is eight glasses a day. Well … how big is your glass? Let’s say it’s a 250ml glass – that’s about one cup. I certainly don’t keep a measuring cup in my back pocket so here’s an idea to help you get in The Water Habit.

  • At Work: buy an inexpensive glass container (like a 2L juice pitcher) and, in the morning, fill it up at the water cooler. Keep it next to you and, every hour, fill up a large glass and drink it. At lunchtime, fill it up again. By the end of your work-day, you’ll have had an incredible 4L to 6L of water and sailed through the 3PM slump!
  • At Home: Same principle applies; in an obvious and accessible spot (like the kitchen table or countertop), fill up a big pitcher. Drink a big glass of water (beer glasses are great!) then set your stove timer to an hour. When the timer goes off, drink another glass and set the timer (getting the idea?). In a short time, you’ll have the Habit and won’t need the timer at all!
  • In the Car or When You’re Out: Carry a water container such as a 750ML stainless steel bottle – available everywhere for less than the price of 12 plastic water bottles. Fill it up and take it everywhere.
  • In a Restaurant: The moment you sit at the table, order a tall glass of water with no ice. As you and your friends review the menu, drink your water. You’ll be more hydrated and also less likely to overindulge. Also, if you’re having a glass of wine or beer with your meal, ensure you’ve a tall glass of water as well, to help metabolize the alcohol.

It was just that simple!  What’s really important is that you need access to good quality water all day long. Make it a Habit to choose Water. Even taking into consideration the dietary water you get in your food and other beverages, it is important to drink at least 3L to 4L of water every day. You are exposed to toxins that need to be flushed out, if you’re pregnant it is critical to stay hydrated, and water is important for before, during, and after exercise.

Water for weight loss

Water is the best weight-loss potion on the planet. An increased intake of healthy water helps to metabolize and shed stored fat. Without enough water, your liver is unable to metabolize the fat in your bloodstream. By staying well hydrated, your liver metabolizes the fat in your bloodstream, resulting in more energy and less fat. Water is also an amazing appetite suppressant! Be sure to drink lots of quality water prior to a meal, and you are less likely to over-indulge.

Healthy weight-loss can occur only by increasing your intake of pure, healthy water. It’s not only the number one ingredient for a healthy body on the inside, it also plays a leading role in staying healthy and youthful on the outside.

Losing weight is primarily the result of the liver converting stored fat into usable energy. This requires a lot of water intake; water also naturally suppresses the appetite and helps food digest properly.

Increase in water intake also naturally speeds up the metabolism and allows your body to better assimilate nutrients from food and nutritional supplements. If you think of water at the cellular level in all 75 trillion cells within your body, water is the transportation mechanism for all nutrients and oxygen and waste products in and out of the cell membranes. If you are dehydrated, water molecules aren’t there to do the job so nutrients and oxygen can’t get in and waste products can’t get out! This can cause a number of health problems.

It’s so easy to keep ourselves hydrated with good quality water, giving us the ability to function at an optimum level. It is so important to remember that every disease and illness starts at the cellular level.

Water is a key ingredient to keeping our skin moist, supple and resilient. The best way for us to moisturize is from the inside; drinking more water will result in softer, healthier, younger looking skin. Give it try!

Which filtration systems make for the healthiest water on the planet, are affordable, and convenient?

No, it’s not bottled water, a multi-billion dollar industry that is one of the biggest polluters worldwide.

Advertising campaigns work hard to give us the perception that bottled water comes from pristine mountain springs or pure underground aquifers but there are no government standards requiring bottled water to be any better, more pure, or safer than tap water.

the reality of bottled water is that can you pay over $5 per litre for the perception of higher quality water. Quality home water treatment is by far the most economical, the most convenient and the best way to produce truly healthy great tasting water. And it’s also the right choice and

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Aquasana Home Filtration Unit

environmentally! Over many years, I have researched different types of water filtration systems. I have found one that stands above in both quality and value that provides healthy water for less than $0.03 a litre! I recommend Aquasana Filtration Units.

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