Sunday, 27 Jan 2013; 11:10pm
Electronic City, Bangalore
Today, I was reading the Chapter on ‘Nutrients’ in Rujuta’s Book. Prior to reading ‘Don’t Lose Your Mind, LOSE YOUR WEIGHT’, I had a vague knowledge on different nutrients, their sources, and the importance they keep in maintaining our fitness level. The ‘chapter’ for carbs, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fibres was of least importance and a closed one for me after reading them in my Biology book in Std 6-7 (during childhood days). I was (until this moment) most ignorant person on earth about the paramount importance these nutrients keep in our body. I will pen my insights from the book in my Book summary, next weekend. For now, I wish to discuss briefly on one nutrient, the most important one without which it is difficult to think even of survival. Yes, you guessed it right. WATER!
” Water is the most important nutrient in our body for survival. It is the primary transporter of nutrients in the body without which we cannot even use the nutrients that come from carbs, proteins and fats. About 70% of human body is water. We can survive up to 5 weeks without food but less than 5 days without water. How much water should we drink? Drink enough water so that our urine is always crystal clear, not light yellow, dark yellow or reddish. There are many ways in which water escapes from the body – urine, stool, sweating, breathing. The only ways to hydrate ourselves is by sipping water all the time and by eating wholesome unprocessed food. Water is LIFE.”
Rujuta Diwekar, Don’t Lose your Mind, LOSE YOUR WEIGHT
Here are Top 10 benefits of Drinking Water:
1. Weight Loss:
Drinking water helps you lose weight better then anything else in the world. Water flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water can also reduce hunger and acts as an appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less. Water has also has zero calories.
2. Have Healthier Skin and Look Younger
When your skin is properly hydrated you will always look younger. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increase the elasticity in your skin.
3. Natural Remedy for Headaches and Migraines
Water helps relieve headaches and back pains. These are sometimes caused by dehydration and replenishing your body with water can help. Although there are many other reasons contribute to headaches and migraines, dehydration is the common one.
4. Better Productivity
Your brain consists of 90% water so drinking more can improve your productivity at work and in doing other tasks. It helps you think better, be more alert, and helps make you concentrate a lot better.
5. Better Exercise
Drinking water regulates your body temperature throughout the day. You will feel a lot more energy when performing exercises and water also helps to fuel your muscles.
6. Helps in Digestion and Constipation
Drinking water boosts your metabolism because it helps your digestive system work properly. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.
7. Less Cramps, Sprains, and Injuries
Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.
8. Less Likely to Get Sick and Feel Healthy
Drinking plenty of water helps fight ailments like the flu, kidney stones, and heart attack. Water mixed with lemon is used primarily for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis etc. Drinking water also improves our immune system.
9. Relieves Fatigue
Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products that the body doesn’t need. If your body lacks of water your heart will need to work a lot harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells. Same goes for the rest of your vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so will you.
10. It Puts You in A Good Mood
Water makes your body feel good and gives you more energy. Your body will communicate with your brain and tell it that it’s happy.
WHEN to Drink WATER
Correct Time to Drink Water….Very Important…
This is interesting!! I knew you need your minimum water to flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.
Drinking water at certain time maximizes it’s effectiveness on the body:
2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs.
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion.
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure.
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack.
Although there is no hard and fast rule on timings, these timings (mentioned above) however boosts up the associated physical activity and processes. These are simple facts which we often ignore. I thought revisiting these basic fundas to healthy living would be worthwhile. This Sunday, I spent few hours at office, apart from resting and cooking in the evening.
I wish all of you a great, worthwhile week ahead. Do ‘Lead without Title’.