Protein, carb, fat – which is most important to have every day?
No, wrong. The correct answer is water!
OK, trick question, I know. But seriously, you can survive for days without food, but nowhere near as long without water. Why is water so important? According to Wikipedia, 65-90% of the human body by mass is water. That’s approximately between two thirds and “nearly all of it”. So what’s the point of adding more water to an already apparently saturated body?
Two good reasons:
1. Brain hydration – your brain is, as the rest of your body, mostly water. When your body’s store of water gets used up, the brain becomes dehydrated and unable to function correctly. You will find it harder to make sensible, rational decisions, and will certainly have a headache too. The headache is your brain’s way of saying, “Hey! I need some liquid refreshment up here, right now!”
2. Losing weight – yeah, you got that right. I’m certainly not suggesting you diet by just drinking water instead of eating! Your body uses water to remove waste, toxins – and get this – fat. Anything excess to requirements is sent out of your body…well…you know how…and the mechanism for moving it is based on water. Your entire digestion system runs around water. If there is not enough water in your body, and your body tries to shed some fat, there is nothing to carry this fat away.
Also remember, you don’t have to drink water “straight” – coffee and tea is allowable, as are sodas. Always remember though, if you are on a slow carb diet, you should not really be having milk in any drink, and limit your soda to as little as possible – preferably none. But if it’s a choice between Cherry Cola and dehydration, DRINK THE COLA!