I can still recall the usual advice of our oldies not to drink water when we’re eating because we’ll get a full stomach easily. And one can’t find any drinking water on the dinner table unless everyone has finished eating.
Children that grew up to that kind of situation consciously mistaken hunger from thirst. We often reach for food when water will/can supplement our tummy’s urge that moment. Results? We gain weight!
But now its the other way around. I drink at least one glass of water before every meal, eat less rice, and desperately trying to avoid fatty foods!
This video is my entry to the NESVITA Pro-Weight Management – Weight and See Contest – Please support it! 😀
Some Water Facts
Water (tubig in Tagalog) and life are inseparable. No known living thing can function without water! Remember you can live for two months without food, but you can only survive a few days without water. That’s how important water is to our body.
Why you should drink more water?
The body needs water to function. Many parts of the body contain water, including the brain, blood and lean muscle. Water in the body serves to:
- regulate body temperature
- remove wastes (through urine and stool)
- carry nutrients (food) and oxygen to cells
- cushion joints and
- dissolve nutrients to make them available to the body
Best Source Of Water
The best source for water is plain, pure water. Juices and sodas have a lot of sugar in them and aren’t a good source, so if you drink them, they don’t count towards your daily amount. Diet sodas aren’t a good choice either. Herbal teas that aren’t diuretic are fine. Sports drinks contain electrolytes and may be beneficial, just look out for added sugar and calories that you don’t need.
It may be difficult to drink enough water on a busy day. Be sure you have water handy at all times by keeping a bottle for water with you when you are working, traveling, or exercising. If you get bored with plain water, add a bit of lemon or lime for a touch of flavor. There are some brands of flavored water available, but some of them have sugar or artificial sweeteners which you don’t need.
How Much Water do You Need to Drink?
A good estimate is to take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That gives you the number of ounces of water per day that you need to drink. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink at least 80 ounces of water per day. If you exercise you should drink another eight ounce glass of water for every 20 minutes you are active. If you drink alcohol, you should drink at least an equal amount of water. When you are traveling on an airplane, it is good to drink eight ounces of water for every hour you are on board the plane. If you live in an arid climate, you should add another two servings per day. As you can see, your daily need for water can add up to quite a lot.