How about a tall one? Water that is…

Danielle Cobbet from Simply for Life is an expert at making you feel your best. We team up for nutrition seminars for boot camp, and I thought I should tap into her knowledge to help those who won’t attend the seminars offered with camp.

Here she shares some info about water. The take home message is that most of us need to get more of it! Sometimes we think we’re hungry when we’re really just dehydrated. Maintaining positive hydration levels will go a long way to support your weight loss and/or maintenance. Take it away Danielle!

glass of waterThe body is a remarkable piece of machinery. When water intake is low, our body will turn into survival mode and begin to hold onto all the available water present in the body. This survival action can cause an increase in your body weight, swollen feet, legs, hands, and ankles.

Most individuals release 1500-2000ml (6-8 glasses) of water through minimal every day action. If you are more active, whether organized or not, you would need to increase you water intake to compensate for your additional losses. A good recommendation is to drink 2-3 liters (8-12 glasses) of water a day. Your body is made up to 60-70% of water. Help your body perform its everyday tasks by getting in your recommended water intake.

The many benefits of increasing your waters intake…

  • 75% of all North Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  • In 37% of North Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
  • Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism by 3%.
  • One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pains for most people.
  • Lack of water is the #1 trigger for day time fatigue.
  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79%, and bladder cancer by 50%.
  • A low water intake interferes with proper fat metabolism.
  • Water can be use as a natural laxative helping to relieve constipation.
  • You could loss up to 10 pounds of fat in 1 year by just increasing you water intake.

Okay, I’m all for hydration, but this is too much!