WATER - A FORGOTTEN NUTRIENT





Healthy nutrition consists of macro and micronutrients along with water, which should be taken in optimum amount. When we talk about water many people have myths in relation to water intake.

Well, most people forget to take water during the day but many people take too much water which is not good for their health.

Actually, water should be taken in optimum amount depending upon age, goal, and health status.


WATER FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Water contains zero calories, but various minerals, and electrolytes needed for the proper functioning of the body and good health. People looking to lose or gain weight should drink plenty of water, as more water denotes more fat-free muscle mass in the body. Less the water amount in the body more will be the fatty adipose tissue in the body.

Also, when you drink alkaline water, it contains lots of antioxidants and vitamins, and minerals that are needed by the body for various functions including maintaining proper weight by the body.


WATER IN THERAPEUTICS

Water not only keeps us healthy but plays important role in curing and preventing diseases. For instance,

  • In Diabetes Mellitus drinking more water helps in fat loss and removal of unnecessary elements.

  • Optimum water intake during hypertension is necessary as it helps diluting the blood and reduce the blood pressure on the arteries.

  • It also regulates the amount of urine excreted from the body.

  • It helps in detoxifying the body by removing waste products.

  • Water also regulated the temperature of the body, the more there is water in the body, the more heat the body stores.

  • Also drinking enough amount of water helps water-soluble vitamins to get absorbed and function properly.

  • Also, in many other medical conditions water helps a lot in recovering.

OPTIMUM INTAKE


There are several myths in the minds of people about water intake.

  • Firstly one should have 1-1.5 glass water maximum at a time. Water should be taken in small quantities at regular intervals, like 250 ml per 1.5 to 2 hrs.

  • If one feels too much thirst, he may have a glass of water and another glass 2 to 3 minutes later.

  • Also for good nutrition, juicy fruits or vegetables like tomato, cucumber could be taken instead of water that contains vitamins and several antioxidants in addition to water and minerals.

  • Water intake can be decided by the bodyweight of a person. For every 20 kgs of weight, one has to take 1 liter of water.

  • Actually, urine color can also depict if one has to take more water or not. If the urine color is a pale yellow to crystal clear, one doesn’t need to have too much water, and if the color is yellow, dark yellow one needs to drink more water.

There is a lot more to the story of water which can be discussed later some other time.


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