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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Staying thirsty to become thin?! Never do that. Ever.

Hello everybody.

"Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink."
While you may go without food for 40 days, you will not survive more than a week without drinking water or some fluid. Water is the most abundant nutrient in the human body as well as the most common substance on earth.
An average adult body is 60-75% water. Water is found in every cell, tissue and organ and almost every life sustaining body process needs water to function.
When you don’t drink enough water, your body may trigger a signs of thirst. Although thirst signals the need to drink water, you actually need water long before you become thirsty. This is especially important for seniors, children, and for anyone during illness, hot weather or strenuous physical activity. Waiting until you feel thirsty to drink, is simply not wise. It means that you’re already deficient by two or more cups of water.

The story of drinking water never gets old,
so let's take a look:

The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That's about eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman, and 10 glasses of 200ml each for a man.

I have for you five simple rules that will help you get more water into your diet. And you don't even have to buy expensive bottled water so it's great for your wallet as well as your health.
1. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. 
This will wake you up and help your body replace any fluid lost when you were sleeping. It'll also give you a head-start on your 2 liters.
2. Carry a small bottle of water around with you. 
This will not only remind you to drink more but it's also an easy way of keeping track of how much you're drinking. If you fill it up from the tap you can reuse it as well - brilliant for the environment!
3. Add some flavor.
If you really can't stand the taste of water on its own try adding a small amount of fruit juice, sugar-free squash or a squeeze of lemon or lime. The lemon can even help with weight loss. This is because its sour taste helps your liver get rid of toxins. 
4. Set an alarm. 
If you've got a watch that beeps on the hour it can be a good reminder. Every hour fill up a glass of water, or drink from your bottle, and make sure you finish the glass before the next hour. You could even set a reminder on your computer at work, or on your phone.
5. Eat water-rich foods.
This table shows you which foods have the highest level of water in them. This can also help you get your five-a-day (fruits & vegetables, that is!).

Water is life.
Do you ever think about this?


  1. That Marlboro Cigarettes had a distinguished handwriting contest is very odd. lol

    Another rule of thumb for how much water to drink is to drink one ounce per pound of body weight.

    1. I have seen some advertisement for weight loss featuring the usage of cigarettes. Strange as it may seem to us now, back in the day, people didn't mind smoking. Just take a look at old movies - everybody who was Anybody smoked. :)

  2. Fascinating post, dear Marija. I was struck by the fact that, then as now, there was no 100% consensus regarding just how much water to drink each day. I personally think that such varies from person to person, but think we should all aim for at least a few glasses (or the water bottle equivalent) each day.

    I'm with you on jazzing up water with a little something extra thrown in for good measure. Two of my personal favourites are sliced berries and/or cucumber. Fresh mint leaves, especially if you're drinking water with ice cubes in it, can be really nice, too.

    Many hugs & happy late August wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. No one can tell how much water we need.
      I'm guessing the rule should be: better to have more than less. Being over-hydrated has it's own natural way of leaving your body. Being dehydrated - that leads to some serious health problems.

  3. I really dislike drinking plain water, though I'll have a glass or two a day with a bit of citrus juice in it. I live on tea. Tea is about 80-90% of my daily liquid consumption!

    1. Aha!
      There are days when I, too, can have a lot of pure water. That is when I reach out for all the "herbal" teas we have got on the market: great one for refreshing is mint.. but watch out. Too much mint can be troublesome for those with gastric problems. :)

  4. most ironic to see an advert in what looks like a 1920's magazine for a "full, firm and round" (oh my god, it sounds irresistable!) marlboro cancer stick right next to the doctor's article exorting readers to drink more water for their health! also, i suspect 21st century readers might be a bit wary taking advice from a guy who looks like an inmate of a mental institution...

    but one thing has certainly not changed in close to a century, in that most of us should probably drink a lot more water than we presently consume. but surely how much more depends on what you do? i don't suppose someone sitting at a computer all day long needs as much as someone else doing some strenuous outdoor activity, or even just walking a few miles?

  5. Having a mug of hot water to replace a coffee or tea is helpful too! :)

  6. i can't claim to be an expert on the subject, but i am aware that water contains no calories and is considered an appetite suppressant. so if one is trying to lose weight, then when cravings for snacks arise wouldn't it actually be advantageous to drink a glass of the stuff instead?

    1. Actually. yes.
      Drinking water can reduce the feeling of hunger, can purge the body and keeps the skin looking younger for longer..