Pour Water – You Need It!

Fruit Water

Pour Water – You Need Water!

Pour water with Fruit Water
Fruit Water

Pour water…because your body needs water. There are lots of recommendations out there that we don’t drink enough and that you ought to drink more. We patiently lug around our huge glasses of water and sip away all day long. Does it help you lose weight? Are you getting enough? Are American’s dehydrated? Does it make you feel full? Or sleepy?

What we know is that your kidneys love to make diluted urine. You are getting enough fluids if your urine is clear. If your urine is yellow, you are getting a little dry and your body is conserving water by concentrating your urine. If your urine starts to have a burning quality and looks darker, you are likely very dehydrated.

It has been known and measured that eating lots of salty foods, or a large meal will make you shift fluids into your gut to process all that stuff. Your body puts into your small bowel the equivalent in fluid volume of about 70 percent of your body weight each day. Then it absorbs it back. Beginning to see the need to pour water?

Pour Water to Aid Digestion

Pour water. Pour lots of water! To digest properly, you need lots of water to work with. And if fluids are in your intestine, they aren’t in your blood stream circulating to your brain. A large salty meal will make you feel sleepy. Being a little dehydrated or tired may very well be a sign that you are a little dry. Try it. If you feel fatigued and worn out, a large glass of water will often, by itself, feel like a pick me up.

In hot weather, you can get quite dry just by the sweat you make without being aware of it. You can avoid heat stroke completely by drinking ahead of time.

Less Soda Equals Caloric Savings

Sugared sodas and fruit juices are very popular these days, yet 50 years ago virtually no one drank any sugared drinks. Now, estimates say we drink about 400 calories a day in sugared fluids, which comes out to about 9% of our total calories. When you drink calories, you don’t feel it is food so if a person replaced the sugared beverage with water, in one year at a time, those extra calories can add up to as much as 40 pounds a year.

Notable Note on Soup:

Bowls of SoupSoup doesn’t have the same effect, though. In fact, eating a soup course in a meal will reduce your total calories. Why the boundary between soup and liquid fruit juice, we can’t say. If you enjoy drinking full sugar soda for the caffeine effect and need to cut some calories, drink coffee instead. It’s a great chemical. No harmful effect to most people and lot’s of research to show it.

And now, soda is getting expensive. The costs are sky-rocketing. Packages get smaller and manufacturers must keep up with all the regulations. In fact, the government regulations are part of the reasons costs are soaring all the time. The more regulation, the more the manufacturer has to spend to market their product. Don’t think they’re going to absorb those costs. No…they won’t. We (the consumers) do.

Pour water!

Here is your crash course on beverages to help you understand the health issues regarding beverages. Not to mention the practice to pour water instead of soda. Maybe we can convince you to cut back, even just a bit, on soda and sugary juices and swap it out for tap water. By doing so, you’ll also cut back on your grocery bills.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing