The amount of water we drink plays a very important role in weight loss and in the retention of fluid in the body. All living things require a lot of water to maintain the normal processes of life. If the body loses more than 20% of its normal water content, it can even cause death.
Water is the basis of all body fluids, such as digestive juices, blood, urine, lymph and perspiration, circulation of digestion, and lubrication. Water is also an essential transport mechanism for nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and even carbohydrates. It plays an important role in all cellular activity.
If water intake is too low, nutrient transport capacity can be compromised, resulting in decreased muscle fullness, and a toxic accumulation of ammonia, urea, uric acid, and other substances, which begin to accumulate in the body.
Water is essential
Dissolution and transport of nutrients such as oxygen and minerals in the body.
It helps in the digestion, the assimilation, the metabolism and the elimination of wastes of our organism.
It is also necessary for weight loss . Water intake helps in flushing toxins from fat cells, which are stored in fatty tissue and released into the bloodstream.
Fluid Retention Problems Fluid retention, medically known as edema, can be caused by any of the following reasons:
– Dehydration: When we are dehydrated, the body excretes less water and the swelling appears. Know your daily consumption of essential water for adequate hydration.
– Constipation: not having frequent bowel movements causes the body to tend to absorb toxins from partially digested foods in the intestinal tract. This causes the body to retain liquids to dilute these toxins. Constipation is, in fact, the most common problem in relation to water retention.
– Ingestion of excess sodium in the diet.
– Diseases such as heart or kidney disease.
Remedies for fluid retention
A healthy diet based on fruits, grains and vegetables.
Adding fiber to your diet is essential for the proper functioning of the body. It plays a very important role in food and is very beneficial for many aspects of health such as weight control. A high fiber diet can help promote fat loss if fiber foods replace fats and sweets. This is possible because fibrous foods offer fewer calories per gram (4 calories per gram) than fats (9 calories per gram), do not readily convert to fat and also have the ability to expand up to 10 times their weight and size in the stomach.
Another option to lose excess fluid is to take diuretics, but these tend to remove vital minerals from your body and are not advisable.
Daily Water Consumption
It is difficult to establish the water needs of our body, as they depend on each person and the environmental, physiological or pathological conditions in which they are.
In general, except for people with kidney or heart problems, it is recommended to drink 1.5 to 2 liters per day of water to meet the needs of the body.
The relationship of water and weight loss is clear, but we must not forget that it is so important that we could survive longer without food than without water.