Dehydration Slows the Liver's Fat Burning Ability
A healthy liver plays a major part in the fat burning process. Dehydration slows the rate of the
If you want to have steady fat loss, and high energy, it is necessary to keep your body and liver
hydrated every day.
It is estimated that about 80% of North Americans suffer from energy loss due to minor dehydration.
This lack of clean, pure water consumption causes your blood to be literally thicker, and your
body has to work much harder to cause it to circulate, which is hard on your liver and heart.
The liver can't do its job efficiently and as a result, the brain becomes less active, it’s hard to concentrate,
your body feels fatigued, and you just really would rather take a nap.
Our liver converts the fat soluble toxic chemicals that we consume, breathe in, and absorb through our skin, into
water soluble chemicals which helps the kidneys to flush the toxins through urine. With limited water supply, the
kidneys cannot completely flush out metabolic and foreign waste.
When those metabolic wastes accumulate they can cause diseases like cancers, allergies, hypertension, Parkinson's,
kidney stones, gall stones, kidney failure, and more. Water alone can help the body to get rid of these wastes.
It is essential that we all understand (whether you are a pro athlete, or you sit behind a desk all day) the
importance of staying hydrated and eating high fiber foods.
Fiber alone cannot aid proper digestive function. In fact, without water as its partner, good fiber goes
bad, causing constipation and extreme discomfort.
Avoiding dehydration, with a steady dose of simple, pure water, will benefit you in these ways:
- Improves your energy.
- Increases your mental performance (a mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short term memory, trouble
with basic math, and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or printed page).
- Increases your physical performance (mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime
- Helps the liver and kidneys remove toxins and waste products from your body preventing constipation.
- Keeps skin healthy and glowing.
- Decreases risk of cancer (In one study, drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreased the risk of colon cancer by
45%, breast cancer by 79%, and bladder cancer by 50%)
- Helps you lose weight. Mild dehydration can cause a 3% drop in baseline metabolism, resulting in the gain
of one pound of fat every six months!
- Allows for proper digestion.
- Helps to keep your body more alkaline.
- Could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80 % of sufferers.
- Reduces the risk of kidney stone formation.
Water, the Safest Supplement
It's ironic that to keep our livers and bodies healthy, many of us give so much importance to vitamins, minerals, enzymes, hormones etc. We calculate
calories of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but we neglect drinking water which is the major component of our
It is this neglect that causes many diseases and liver dysfunction.
Water is the safest supplement one can take everyday to help cure and prevent diseases, and to support liver health and digestive health.
Your only caution is to use good clean water. Make sure the water that runs through your tap is good, quality
water free from chemicals and other toxins that cause more work for your liver.
There are many choices of water available like reverse osmosis water, distilled
water, de-ionized water, filtered water, etc. I leave you to decide which you prefer.
It does seem that filtered drinking water from your tap or well is the safest, healthiest, and least expensive way to go.
10 Water Tips:
- Most of your water should come from beverages that do not contain caffeine since caffeine acts as a diuretic.
You need to increase your water intake by 2 cups for every 1 cup of caffeinated beverage.
- Decrease your consumption of soda. Sodas are extremely hard on you liver. The active ingredient in soda is phosphoric acid, which will leach calcium
from the bones and is a major contributor to osteoporosis.
It generally takes about one month of drinking water
instead of soda to reduce the sugar craving and learn to appreciate the flavor of pure water.
- Remember that alcohol, like caffeine, is also dehydrating, and you, and your liver, would benefit from drinking a glass of water with each alcoholic drink.
- Keep water with you when you are at work, at home, in the car, or at play.
- Increase your consumption of watery, liver-loving foods such as soup, cucumbers, tomatoes and fruits.
- Take the urine test - if it is pale or almost colorless then you are probably well hydrated, but if it is dark,
you probably need more fluids.
- Get in the habit of drinking water half an hour before meals (not immediately before, as it might interfere with
digestion). You might try drinking a glass of water instead of reaching for a snack between meals.
mistake thirst for hunger.....that could save alot of calories and prevent extra stress on your liver!
- Cool water is easier on the stomach and digestive system, however, cold water uses more calories as the body
has to warm it up.
- When exercising, drink more water to compensate for the extra loss and try sipping as you work out.
- Develop a program to consciously increase your water intake over a couple of weeks. This will allow your body
to adjust and to minimize those trips to the bathroom.
If you are an athlete or if you work outside you will need to consume even more water. Athletes often suffer from cramps,
nausea, and even strokes, due to dehydration.
One of the nurses at our school tells our football players to drink water as often as possible and when they think
they have had enough.....drink some more! You know teenagers....they think they are invincible.
The following information was published by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Dietetic Association (ADA) in reference to fluid consumption by athletes:
Dehydration decreases exercise performance; thus, adequate
fluid intake before, during, and after exercise is necessary
for health and optimal performance.
Athletes should drink
enough fluid to balance their fluid losses. Two hours before
exercise 400 to 600 mL (14 to 22 oz) of fluid should be consumed, and during exercise 150 to 350 mL (6 to 12 oz)
of fluid should be consumed every 15 to 20 min depending
After exercise the athlete should drink adequate
fluids to replace sweat losses during exercise. The
athlete needs to drink at least 450 to 675 mL (16 to 24 oz)
of fluid for every pound (0.5 kg) of body weight lost during
A healthy liver and a healthy body requires the daily consumption of water to avoid dehydration.
I'm sure most everyone who reads this is aware of the water "rule" of 8 to 10 eight ounce glasses of water daily.
Remember, drinking water helps keep you and your liver hydrated and burning fat.
If flavor is important to you try adding lemon or lime to your water. This not only gives it a pleasant flavor,
but the lemon also cleanses the liver!
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