Improvements in health with water

Discussion in 'Healthful Living / Natural Treatments' started by Star*, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Thanks -JOG for telling me to drink LOADS of water -

    Here's what has happened in 3 weeks - I have gone off my lasix - I've been on it for 5 years. I don't have as badly swollen ankles or hands or fingers.

    I've been taking Chromium for my sugar cravings for about a month - and it has helped me tremendously - as someone who went from hypoglycemic to pre-diabetic with Metabolic syndrome - this feels great to walk past a candy counter or not think of chocolate every minute - (okay every OTHER minute but even that is an improvement)

    This morning it put my engagement ring on without pushing and making (Hissing noises for pain)

    I seem to have more clarity

    and this I found on a website someone here recommended about WW - it's not a very organized site - but it's a good one with TONS of information - The information given here about how the body metabolizes fat if if doesn't get enough water is a real eye opener.

    Read about how much water you should be drinking IF YOU ARE OVERWEIGHT!!!!! Interesting - and I believe very true.

    Water & 20 Tips For Getting Your 8 Glasses Daily

    How 8 Glasses a Day Keeps Fat Away

    Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. Although most of us take it for granted, water may be the only true "magic potion" for permanent weight loss!

    Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits. Here's why: The kidneys can't function properly without enough water. When the kidneys don't work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver's primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. If the liver has to do some of the kidney's work, it can't operate at full throttle. As a result, it metabolizes less fat, more fat remains stored in the body, and weight loss stops. Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body gets less water, it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is stored in extra cellular spaces (outside the cells). This shows up as swollen feet, legs and hands. Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives a threat and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus, the condition quickly returns. The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give the body what it needs.PLENTY OF WATER. Only then will the stored water be released. If you have a constant problem with water retention, excess salt may be to blame. Your body will tolerate sodium only in a certain concentration. The more salt you eat, the more water your system retains to dilute it. But getting rid of un-needed salt is easy - just drink more water. As it's forced through the kidneys, it takes away excess sodium. The overweight person needs more water than the thin one! Larger people have larger metabolic loads. Since we know that water is the key to fat metabolism, it follows that the overweight person needs more water. Water helps maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It also helps to prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss - shrinking cells are buoyed by water, which plumps the skin and leaves it clear, healthy, and resilient. Water helps rid the body of waste. During weight loss, the body has a lot more waste to get rid of - all the metabolized fat must be shed. Again, adequate water helps flush out the waste. Water can help relieve constipation. When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. The colon is one primary source. Result? Constipation. But, when a person gets enough water, normal bowel functions returns. So far, we've discovered some remarkable truths about water and weight loss:

    The body will not function properly without enough water and can't metabolize stored fat efficiently.

    Retained water shows up as excess weight.

    To get rid of excess water you must drink more water.

    Drinking water is essential to weight loss. How much water is enough??

    On the average, a person should drink eight 8-ounce glasses every day. That's about 2 quarts. However, the overweight person needs one additional glass for every 25 pounds of excess weight. The amount you drink also should be increased if you exercise briskly or if the weather is hot and dry. Water should preferably be cold - it's absorbed into the system more quickly than warm water. And some evidence suggests that drinking cold water can actually help burn calories. When the body gets the water it needs to function optimally, its fluids are perfectly balanced. Once this happens you have reached the "breakthrough point". What does this mean?

    Endocrine-gland function improves.

    Fluid retention is alleviated as stored water is lost.

    More fat is used as fuel because the liver is free to metabolize stored fat.

    Natural thirst returns.

    There is loss of hunger almost overnight.

    If you stop drinking enough water, your body fluids will be thrown out of balance again, and you may experience fluid retention, unexplained weight gain and loss of thirst. To remedy the situation you'll have to go back and force another "breakthrough".

    By Donald S. Robertson, M.D., M. Sc

    20 Tips For Getting Your 8 Glasses of Water Daily

    Sometimes drinking our eight glasses of water a day can be a real challenge Here are 20 tips to help you accomplish that feat! It is said by many beauty experts that drinking your water is the cheapest, quickest way to look better! That should motivate us!

    1. Make a bet with a co-worker to see who can drink more water in the course of a day.

    2. Have a big glass of water at every transitional point of the day: when you first get up, just before leaving the house, when you sit down to work, etc.

    3. Make it convenient - keep a big, plastic, insulated water bottle full on your desk and reach for it all day.

    4. When you have juice (apple, grape, or orange) fill half the glass with water.

    5. When you have a junk-food craving, down a glass of water immediately. You feel full quickly and avoid the calories, and it lets time pass till the craving fades.

    6. Have one glass every hour on the hour while at work. When the work day is done your water quota is met.

    7. Substitute a cup of hot water with a drop of honey for tea or coffee.

    8. While at work, get a 20 ounce cup of ice and keep filling it up from the office water cooler. The key is drinking with a straw - you take bigger gulps and drink much more.

    9. Freeze little bits of peeled lemons, limes, and oranges and use them in place of ice cubes - it's refreshing and helps get in a serving or two of fruit.

    10. After each trip to the restroom, guzzle an eight-ounce glass to replenish your system.

    11. Don't allow yourself a diet soda until you've had two to four glasses of water. You will find that you won't want the soda anymore or that just half a can is enough.

    12. Let ounces of water double grams of fat: When eating something containing 10 grams of fat, I drink 20 ounces of water.

    13. Drink two full glasses at each meal, one before and one after. Also, drink one glass before each snack so you don't eat as much.

    14. Carry a small refillable water bottle at all times and drink during downtime; while waiting in a bank line, sitting on the train, etc.

    15. Use a beautiful gold-rimmed glass and fill it with cold water from the tap.

    16. Drink two glasses of water immediately after waking up.

    17. Bring a two-liter bottle of water to work and try to drink it all before you leave work. If you don't finish, drink it in traffic on the way home - it's like a race.

    18. Always keep a 24-ounce bottle of water handy while watching TV, doing laundry, making dinner, etc.

    19. Add drinking two glasses of water to your daily skincare regimen. Drink, cleanse, moisturize, etc., then drink again.

    20. Drink your water out of a big Pyrex measuring cup - it's a good way to keep track of how much water you are drinking.
  2. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    Thank you Star for this reminder on drinking water. I average about 6-8 glasses per day. I'd like to shoot for 9 glasses per day at the very least.

    For the past couple of weeks I've been feeling very bloated and things are moving along veeeerrrryyyy slowly, if you know what I mean. I don't understand why really since I'm eating plenty of fruits and veggies, taking my fiber and drinking water.

    I was thinking it may be due to the winter weather - I have a small heater in my office that's on full blast all day. Maybe I'm drying up and need to double my H2O intake?!

    I love all the tips up there, but the one tip I really love is the one about keeping bits of lemon/lime in the freezer to add to your water. I do this. When I make fresh lemonade in the Summer, I save the peels and bag them up and freeze them. I use them for tea, water and even baking when zest is called for.
  3. Sue C

    Sue C Active Member

    Thanks for the tips, Star, and the reminder I should be drinking 8 glasses of water/day. I am lucky if I drink 1 bottle of water/day (I think it's equal to 2 glasses).

  4. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Now, why do I always forget about the water? lol

    Well, I do pretty good drinking bottled water at school. It's at home when I'm tempted to reach for something else.

    It would also help if our city water was drinkable. State Health Dept. said it's not up to standards, but there is no boil order as of yet. Ohhhhh, that makes me wanna drink it. NOT. :sick:

    I never used to believe this until I tried it myself by the way. I thought it was a bunch of hooey made up by the health nuts.:916blusher:
  5. SearchingForRainbows

    SearchingForRainbows Active Member


    Thanks for posting this - Great article! WFEN
  6. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Okay - after much research because of "wee" brain memory for important things- CK1 is to credit for the web site I got this article from....

    All hail CK1!.....all hail

    What I have been reading about other water intake is that you need to drink SPRING filtered water - I have well water - and still drink bottled water - and it's filtered 2 times before it gets to the house - but still -

    A bottle of water is 16 oz. I believe you are supposed to drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water a day - like Sue C said - a cup is 8 oz. So 4 bottles of water a day or 3 bottles of water and save 1 bottle fill 1/2 way with OJ and the rest with water - (especially if the OJ is calcium enriched) should help.

    I take 2 bottles into work with me and drink 2 at night - at home.

    Also - anyone who loves to drink milk - TRY 1% - if you do it reduces the amount of fat you take in with milk 53%. Read that at the grocery store.

    So 1% it is.

  7. Sue C

    Sue C Active Member

    The thing about drinking so much water..............I already have to get up during the night to go potty (this started happening several years ago--age related??). I do not want to have to get up twice/night.

    Would it hellp if I did not drink water past a certain time of night? What time do you think?

  8. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Good Reminder! I do drink 4 bottles of water a day! Before I drank ww I never drank water, now I don't go a day without it. The benefits for me are amazing. I rarely get migraines anymore and I think a big part is because of the water (it made me cut down on my caffiene in my soda).