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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Healthy Thursday: The Benefits of Drinking Water

My sister owns wrinkle puppies. Aren't they the cutest things you have ever seen? Of course not everyone will agree, LOL! I have never seen wrinkles look so good.

Anyway it is Thursday, and that is the day I get to blabber on about things I find healthy, or interesting about health. A month ago or so, I saw a very interesting report on the news. It stated that drinking 8-10 ounce glasses of water per day showed no health benefit, as opposed to any other drink of the same amount. So that made me think, and I personally think that is not accurate. Here are my thoughts why:

1- Water has zero calories. So drinking an 8 ounce glass of water is much different than drinking soda, milk, or even coffee unless it is black.
2- Water is pure and moves through your system quickly. With no additives or caffeine, it increases your kidney function without all the wastes of other drinks. I personally find water to be very effective in cleaning out my kidneys. It moves through my system much faster than any other drink out there.
3- Water is essential for all the homeostasis or balance that your body needs. Other drinks may have sodium or caffeine in them, which can disrupt the balance of the body causing dehydration, irritability, or cramps.
4- If you take a lot of narcotic pain medication, due say to an injury, constipation is a huge problem. To naturally soften the stool and aid in the movement of the bowels, increase your water intake. It is a natural softener and lubricant. Obviously if adding water or any liquids to your diet is contraindicated by another medical condition this would not be a good idea for you to do. Always speak to your medical care provider before making any drastic changes to your diet, and that includes fluid intake.
5- If you are dieting or trying to lose weight, drink a full glass of water before you sit down to eat. This will fill you up faster and tell you stop eating before you can over eat.

I think water is wonderful!


Jerry Katz said...

I agree water is wonderful and water is life!

Melissa said...

Thank you Jerry!

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