Interesting facts about water and your body

By Drum Digital
28 July 2014

Most moms often tell their kids to rather drink water than sugary drinks and when a little extra weight starts threatening to ruin our dress size, we drink a glass or two extra ourselves. But what role exactly does water play in our health? Here are a few interesting facts.

  • 75 per cent of your body is of water.
  • Detoxing is important when dieting and drinking water is part of the detoxification process.
  • Water dissolves waste matter and transports it to your kidneys to be excreted in your urine, says Andrea Jenkins, a nutritionist at Newlands Village and Zetler Pharmacy in Cape Town.
  • Drinking water 30 minutes before a meal reduces kilojoule intake and feelings of hunger.
  • But don’t drink water while eating because it dilutes the digestive enzymes in your stomach.
  • Water dissolves minerals and nutrients so your body can absorb them more efficiently, lifestyle and health expert Lisa Raleigh says.
  • Drink cold water because you use energy to heat it. Two litres of cold water can increase your metabolism by 30 per cent, Raleigh says.
  • If you drink enough water you feel satiated and you’ll eat less, which means you’ll lose weight.
  • Eat food with a high water content such as soup, salads and fruit, Raleigh advises. They are lower in kilojoules.
  • One of the causes of cellulite might be a build-up of toxins because of underactive lymph glands.
  • Water stimulates the lymph glands, helping them to get rid of toxins and thereby preventing and reducing cellulite.
  • Your body is already slightly dehydrated by the time you feel thirsty.
  • You can survive up to five days without water.
  • Tap water is mostly as good for you as bottled water, which is sometimes simply filtered tap water. Plastic bottles release oestrogen into water, Jenkins says, so rather use a glass or stainless steel bottle.

How much water is enough for mom?

  • Eight glasses of water a day is ideal for the average person, nutritionist Andrea Jenkins says.
  • Lifestyle expert Lisa Raleigh recommends one glass (250 ml) for every 10 kg of body weight.
  • To work out how much water you should drink a day use these formulas:

-          Men: weight (kg) x 0,023 = litres water

-          Women: Weight (kg) x 0,020 = litres water

  • For every caffeine drink or glass of alcohol you have, drink three extra glasses of water, Jenkins says.

The benefits of water

  • Reduces stress on your kidneys and liver by flushing out waste matter.
  • Moistens mouth, eye and nose tissue.
  • Regulates your body temperature.
  • Protects organs and tissue.
  • Keeps joints supple.
  • Prevents constipation.
  • Dissolves nutrients so your body can absorb them.
  • Transports nutrients and oxygen to cells.

If you exercise…

  • Drink two extra glasses of water a few hours before your workout.
  • Drink another glass 30 minutes before your workout.
  • Drink a glass of water for every 15 minutes you work out.
  • Weigh yourself before and after your workout to calculate how much water you should have after working out, Raleigh says.

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