Water has been an integral part of my life all my life. I'm a true water baby. When it was warm enough ( April thru Oct.) that is where you'd find me This blog page will be a long one because water is just so important not just for weight loss but for life itself. As an incentive at the end will be pictures I use for visualization as the "fit-healthy-perfect weight me." All have water in them. They were taken in my early twenties before I gained 60 pounds with my first pregnancy. Of course I still swam and lived in the water but never near a camera again. This was before phones had them. Thank God! I just envision grey hair on these pictures. Hey! I'm keeping the dream alive as best I can.
Why drink enough water to stay hydrated? Let me start with my first encounter with dehydration: kidney stones when 24. Yes, folks, having done both I can attest to the guys that having kidney stones was very like the back labor I had with my first child. OUCH!!! Your kidneys need plenty of water to transport waste products in and out of your cells. The toxin blood urea nitrogen is a water soluable waste that especially needs enough water so that your kidneys can rid it from your body. I'd only drank coke(which actually takes water out), and occasionally milk or OJ with breakfast(that I rarely ate).
My Mom got my family a water cooler & had water delivered & once I had good, cold water I drank it a lot more. But the coke-diet coke addiction kept going till last summer . I also developed painful joints and a friend of mine told me how coke hurts your joints and how much water helps. The water helps your joints by keeping the cartilage soft & hydrated. In fact glucosamine reduce joint pain by aiding cartilage's absorption of water. Thus I started drinking mostly water. The diet drinks took a while-but now only water & herbal teas. Still sometimes I have to remember to get extra in when hot, sick, exercising ect. I haven't had alcohol in 27 years but I do know one cure for a hangover is drinking lots of water to flush the toxins out of your kidneys and liver. Oh! BTW I quit drinking not because I'm an alcoholic but because 27 years ago I checked into a clinic for weight loss and they put us in with the addicts & alcoholics. That place was very expensive and the weight I lost (counting calories of course!) all came back so I made myself feel better about that money by never drinking again and for the last 20 years it's been a matter of my faith.
Anyway, back to water. If the body doesn't have enough water it will pull the water from the colon which can cause constipation. It also transports nutrients in the body and helps regulate body temperatures. If you feel tired a lot for no apparent reason it could be your body is dehydrated-fatigue is a common symptom of dehydration.
My personal favorite reason for drinking plenty of water is that it can reduce pain in your joints by keeping cartilage soft and hydrated. In fact, glucosamine that so many take for joint pain works by aiding in cartilage's absorption of water.
My vanity loves that water flushes out toxins that cause skin to inflame which results in clogged pores and acne. It also helps to keep your skin looking good. Your skin can look drier and more wrinkled from dehydration . Drink water and the skin improves. I use coconut & various essential oil carriers to lock in my skins moisture after bathing. I like to use a combo of Sweet Almond that naturally protects the skin from UV rays and Meadowfoam that slows transepidermal water loss.
Let's move on to water and weight loss. I'll begin with the importance of staying hydrated when exercising. Water helps energize your muscles. Not having enough a balance of electrolytes and fluids in your cells cause them to shrivel resulting in muscle fatigue.
Jon Gabriel recommends that you drink a glass of water before you eat because often we think we are hungry when we are actually dehydrated. He also says to start your day with 2-4 glasses of water. He says it's optimal to not drink during your meals and right after because it slows your digestion down and yet when I asked him about the supplements I have to take with food he said it was fine use water for that, especially if I'm taking enzymes and probiotics with my meal to help my digestion.
In Jon's video blog he says he buys his water locally in liter bottles and that it is filtered. Jon gets plenty of Alkaline in his body thru what he eats. I'm just not there at that loving fermented & alkaline foods yet so I drink Alkaline water. Jon says as long as filtered (such as having a filter system) tap water is ok. But that having calcium carbonate in it to "alkaline" the water is bad for your health. check out his video blog about alkaline water. Our well water is so acidic it eats the pipes & has to have Calcium added to prevent this-hence I now drink bottled water no matter how pure & clean the well water is. I drink Alkaline 8.8 I called the company and they don't use calcium carbonate in the water.Here is a link to their site ; it has a number you can call and it tells all about the water & the bottle it's in.http://www.alkaline88.com/ I feel good in my choice. Yes, it cost, but not as much as the cokes I use to drink.
I want to finish with Masaru Emoto's work with water. his first book was "The Hidden Messages in Water." He will explain in it his experiments with water crystal pictures he took like the one above. He showed how words and music can actually change the structure of water. These pictures demonstrate what I am talking about:
Now for making it this far I offer a little lagniappe. First this link from Dr. Mercola about how you can eat salt and then My visualization "perfect me" pictures. Not great pictures but I remember them and how I felt fit & healthy & happy in them. They make it easy for me to visualize in detail. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/20/salt-myth.aspx