When there is enough of it, water accomplishes some amazing things in your body. Water
- gives you energy;
- regulates digestion by breaking down and flushing waste;
- helps stabilize blood pressure;
- clears toxins from your body;
- reduces the chance of kidney stones;
- helps maintain your body’s proper acid and alkaline balance;
- improves focus and mental acuity; and
- hydrates your skin and slows down the appearance of aging.
This is a pretty impressive list, isn’t it? Sometimes we hear the objection, “I don’t like water.” Do you like being tired? Do you like having digestive problems? Do you like being constipated? Do you like high blood pressure? Do you like having an acid and alkaline imbalance? Do you like being overweight? Do you like having dried up, wrinkled skin? Do you like having problems with your kidneys and urinary tract? No? Time to drink some water!
If the above benefits aren’t enough, consider this: drinking more water will help you lose weight. Any healthy lifestyle plan is going to focus on diet and exercise, but it must also include an emphasis on drinking large amounts of water. Consider these facts about water and weight loss:
- Initial weight loss is largely water loss. You need to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration as those pounds drop away.
- Efficient calorie burning requires an adequate supply of water. Dehydration slows down the fat-burning process.
- Burning calories creates toxins that must be flushed out. Water is essential to ridding your body of the toxic buildup that must be eliminated.
- Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume. A reduction in blood volume causes a reduction in the supply of oxygen to your muscles, which in turn makes you feel tired. You don’t want to eat right and exercise when you are tired.
- Water helps maintain muscle tone and lubricates your joints. Proper hydration can help reduce muscle and joint soreness when you start becoming active.
- A healthy diet includes a great deal of fiber. Without adequate fluids, this necessary fiber can cause constipation.
- Drinking water with a meal helps you feel full and satisfied more quickly. If you are well hydrated, you will be more likely to eat only as much food as your body needs.
Since getting your weight under control is a major first step toward excellent health, you literally can’t afford to push water aside. Once you get used to drinking it in large quantities, you will be glad you did. You will feel cleaner, clearer, and more alert. Your body will actually begin craving more and more water every day, and you will quickly realize that water is fine.
– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above excerpt is from p. 70-72 of The New You: A Guide to Better Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wellness.
With your copy of The New You, you will come away with specific strategies on how to lose weight, get more sleep, lower stress, nurture better relationships, connect with God and much more! Anyone who wants to trade in the frustration of average living and less-than health for the hallmarks of the new life God promises will find The New You an effective personal guide for the journey.
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