Your body loses about three quarts of water each day. To prevent dehydration, you need to replace the water on a daily basis. On the average a person should drink eight, 8-ounce glasses every day. That’s about two quarts. However, the overweight person needs the additional glass for every 25 pounds of excess weight. The amount you drink also should be increased if you exercise briskly, if the weather is hot and dry, if you are ill, if you drink coffee, tea, alcohol or if you take medications. Water should preferably be cold but not ice cold; it’s absorbed into the system more quickly.
When your body gets the proper amount of water to function optimally its fluids are perfectly balanced. It’s at this time you have reached the “breakthrough point”.
What is the Breakthrough Point?
- Endocrine glands function improves.
- Fluid retention is alleviated as stored water is lost.
- More fat is used as fuel because the liver is free to metabolize stored fat.
- Natural thirst returns.
- There is a loss of hunger almost overnight.
Are You Getting Enough Water?
It then comes to question what are signs to tell whether or not you are getting enough water? As an answer to this, your pee is actually an important marker in determining whether or not you are getting enough water. Here is what the color of your pee means:
Light-Colored Urine means that you are drinking enough water.
Dark-Colored Urine on the other hand means that you are dehydrated. The dark color is a sign that your kidneys are retaining fluids in order to maintain your bodily functions therefore your urine will be more concentrated and darker in color.
If you stop drinking enough water, your body fluids will be thrown out of balance again, and you may experience fluid retention, unexplained weight gain and loss of thirst. To remedy the situation you’ll have to go back and force another “breakthrough”. Here are some tips to help improve the amount of water that you drink:
Tips to Drink More Water
- Keep a glass of water at your desk at work.
- Keep another one at your bedside every morning; many of us wake up dehydrated so it is good to hydrate right away.
- Carry an insulated bottle with you so that you may fill it up periodically.
- When tempted to drink coffee or soda, switch them out with water instead.
- Drink small amounts of water throughout the day; drinking too much at one time is bad for you as well.
Most of us do not drink enough water daily, and the lack of this liquid in our system prevents us from feeling and looking our best. Therefore, it is best if we make a conscious effort to train ourselves to drink more water so that we can help our bodies help us.
Rhonda Donahue, PhD Author of “The Pollution Inside You” and “New Zealand’s Natural Health Remedy”
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