How does water improve your metabolism?
When we drink water, we are adding mostly oxygen to the body. That’s because water is 11% hydrogen and 89% oxygen. Oxygen has a molecular mass eight times larger than the two hydrogens.
Oxygen drives metabolism because it allows for fat combustion.
And since I love to bring insulin to the conversation…keep in mind that once insulin opens the gates of the cells for glucose for the production of energy, it’s the reaction of oxygen and glucose that produces energy. So, drink up, baby!!! And breath too….
Liquids that aren’t water
What’s the problem with these non-water drinks such as juices, soft drinks, alcohol, and coffee?
Well, well, well, the body interpreted them as food. Our digestive tract goes to work and we don’t want that for fake energy.
Let me pick on soft drinks because there are way too many people still drinking them. This is a big deal for many reasons.
I want you to ditch soft drinks forever.
Sodas contain phosphoric acid. Acids repel oxygen. When you drink soda, you are lowering the oxygen in your body, you are dehydrating yourself, and ultimately lowering your metabolism.
And if you are thinking…well, how come I feel they give me a boost? That’s the sugar or combination of caffeine and sugar. Plus, if you are a soda drinker, you will notice that’s temporary, and either you will fight the temptation to drink more or you go after other stimulates and sugary foods to keep you up.
Been there, done there, and changed that. I can help you do the same.
How do acidity and dehydration happen?
The body has to maintain a certain level of acidity in the blood. You’ve heard of pH levels in the body, foods, and beverages. That’s often related to acid versus alkaline foods.
The blood is more alkaline than acid, so it can transport oxygen to get you energized to do things you enjoy and live, period. The blood has a pH of 7.4 and is alkaline. Water has a neutral pH of 7.0
Here is the shocker…Ready?
For every ONE can of soda of 12 ounces, that is estimated to have a pH of 2.5, the body needs as much as 32 glasses of eight ounces of water each to get the body back to a neutral state with a pH of 7.0.
Holy smokes!!! If you are still drinking sodas, I hope this information will inspire you to STOP IMMEDIATELY or put a plan of attack to reduce it to zero, at some point—market the calendar for it. And please DO NOT buy and serve sofa to others, even if you hate their guts.
If you choose to keep drinking, ask yourself what’s going on? Why are doing this to yourself? Is innate energy, good metabolism and health not worth the effort? And keep in mind that I have just talked about its acidity and impact on oxygen.
YOU HAVE A CHOICE! Choose wisely. I also hear to remind you that you CAN do about ANYTHING you value super important to you. And it’s OK to get help to hold you accountable. I am here to help.
How would you know that you are dehydrated?
#1. Look at the color and smell of your pee. Does it have a strong yellow color and stinks? The odor is more like ammonia and that’s when urine is highly concentrated.
#2. Don’t drink much water and don’t feel thirsty? That’s a sign you could be dehydrated. Believe it or not, the body adjusts to the lack of water and practically turns off the water knob.
For most of my life, I barely drunk water, maybe 2 cups a day, was rarely thirsty and didn’t sweat much.
I used to play in many outdoor volleyball tournaments during very hot days. I always wondered why I didn’t sweat as much as other people. I had no idea, folks.
The good news is that you can turn the water knob back on. Give your body, three to four days. Cut the sodas, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol.
How much water?
At least half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 200 pounds, drink at least 100 ounces of water throughout the day.
Listen to me…
All I am suggesting is that…if you want to lose inches and pounds, feel more energized to do more of things you enjoy, HYDRATE with WATER!!!
It is a simple and inexpensive MUST HAVE habit to sustain for as long as you shall live!
If you have no clue how much water you’re drinking a day, NOW is the best time to start tracking.
I love my purple 24-ounce Contigo BPA-free water bottle. My target is 2.5 bottles a day. I have several water bottles and often I use one more than any others. I take it with me everywhere I go. It’s a habit. PICK A BOTTLE of 16, 24, 32 ounces. and go for it!!!
If you are far away from your target, start increasing the intake cup by cup.
Drink throughout the day and avoid drinking loads of water together and especially close to bedtime, try to be done by 7 or 8 pm. Why is it important to drink it throughout the day? Well, that’s because when most of us are active, working, and need all types of energy.
Now that I have reminded you of the importance of WATER, drink up, baby!