Dehydration and Weight Gain
Almost two thirds of the human body is made up of water. Its roles include removing
waste (toxins), regulating body temperature, moving nutrients through the body,
lubricating joints, just to name a few. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs
water to function correctly. With all of these functions, the consumption of water is
obviously vital to the optimal functioning of the body and without it you may be
doomed to gain weight.
Even mild dehydration can affect your health causing weight gain, headaches, joint
and muscle pain, fatigue and disrupted focus. Dehydration occurs when the amount of
water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in. The body is very
dynamic and always changing and this is especially true with water. We lose water
routinely everyday when we breathe, sweat, urinate, and during a bowel movement.
Through the thirst mechanism, the body is able to monitor the amount of fluid it needs
to function well. It signals the body to drink water when the body is dry. Hormones like
anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) and Aldosterone work with the kidneys to regulate the
amount of water lost through urination.
In a normal day one has to drink sufficient amount of water to replenish the water lost
throughout the day. Each individual is different in the amount of water needed to stay
hydrated. A good guideline for the amount of water you need is by taking your body
weight in pounds and dividing it in half. This is the amount of ounces of water you
should consume each day. For example, if your body weight is 150 lbs., then 75
ounces of water is the amount of water that should be consumed. Of course, if you are
very active or spend time in the heat you will need to drink more.
There are several causes of weight gain that must be assessed for successful weight
loss and one of them is hydration. Water acts as a natural appetite suppressant and
aids in metabolism. Drinking plenty of water helps your body feel fuller throughout the
day and signals your brain to know when to stop eating.
One of the jobs of the liver is to turn fat stores into energy. Another job of the liver is
to help the kidneys when they are not working up to par. The kidneys need plenty of
water to function properly and when we are dehydrated the liver has to pick up the
slack of the kidneys. Unfortunately that decreases the liver’s ability to metabolize fat,
causing you to gain weight!
Electrolytes are minerals that help your body properly absorb the water you drink.
Often, those who are dehydrated are drinking enough water but are not consuming
enough electrolytes to absorb that water. Electrolyte Synergy is an easy way to insure
you always have enough electrolytes to function you best.
Lastly, water is a great beauty treatment! Water will make your skin glow and flush out
the impurities that cause excess aging. So drink up and get plenty of electrolytes!
Hydration is one of the keys to great health!
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