Look in any weight loss book or nutrition program and you’re sure to see they all use the same magic ingredient – WATER!! One of the most amazing benefits of water is it helps the body metabolize stored fat and acts as a natural appetite suppressant. 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 they 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 useable energy for the body. But, if the liver has to do some of the kidneys 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. To help even more with bloating and fluid retention – try eating foods that are higher in potassium like bananas, spinach, yogurt, tomatoes, papayas and avocados. You could also take a supplement such as Viva Vitamins Super Potassium or Aqua-Trol at Earth Wise Nutrition Centers.
On the average, a person should drink, eight, 8-ounce glasses every day. The amount you drink also should be increased if you exercise at higher intensities or if the weather is hot and dry.
When the body gets the water it needs to function optimally, its fluids are perfectly balanced and the following occur: Endocrine-gland function improves, fluid retention is alleviated (as stored water is lost) more fat is used as fuel (the liver is free to metabolize stored fat) and there is a loss of hunger almost overnight.
By Cheryl Broughton for Earth Wise Vitamins Nutrition Centers 25908 Mc Bean Parkway (Granary Square since 1987) 661-255-2928 or VivaVitamins.com or EarthWiseNutritionCenters.com