People who suffer from Fluid Retention often don’t drink water as they fear the Bloating, the soft, puffy look and the discomfort feeling that accompanies fluid retention and the belief that if they are already retaining fluid why would they want to add to the problem by adding more fluid?
So, let’s look at why drinking more water can help with fluid retention and therefore weight loss.
What actually causes fluid retention?
Surprisingly, not drinking enough water is a main culprit.
Water helps the liver convert fat into usable energy. Not drinking enough causes the kidneys to become overwhelmed with concentrated fluids, this in turn will cause the liver to do extra work. The liver works hard to turn body fat into usable energy however if the kidneys can’t do their job the liver must do the kidneys work and will simply hold onto the extra fat that would have been burned off if you simply had enough water.
When the Kidneys are overwhelmed with concentrated fluid, they are unable to remove water and waste products and the result is fluid retention. The Body is a Selfish being, when it doesn't get enough food it goes into starvation mode, it does the same with Water, when it doesn’t receive enough water it will behave as if there is a draught and will hold onto any fluid it receives. The best way to rid the body of this retained fluid is to drink water.
Interestingly, when you begin to drink the required amount of water, you will find you feel thirsty more often, and this will start a healthy cycle of thirst leading to hydration. You have to keep up drinking as once you stop drinking enough water, all the good things you've gained from drinking water (balanced body fluids, weight loss, decreased hunger and thirst) will reverse back to the way they were.
Water is a major aspect of Health and Wellbeing. Water lubricates joints and organs. It maintains muscle tone and keeps skin elastic and soft. Water regulates body temperature, filters out impurities, and keeps the brain working properly while transporting vital nutrients to and from the cells.
The human body can store energy as Glycogen, Fat, and Tissue, it Can Not store water - the body uses its own water however it expects to be provided with a continuous supply of fresh new water regularly to function. Water is critical to move nutrients in and out of the cells, this action is known as the "ion pump". When the body is taking in the wrong balance of Sodium (an essential electrolyte that helps maintain the balance of water in and around the cells, very important for correct muscle and nerve function, and assists maintain a stable Blood pressure.) and potassium (one of the most important minerals the body requires, it helps to regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals, a high potassium diet can reduce blood pressure, water retention, protect against stroke and prevent osteoporosis and kidney stones.) or if you don't drink enough water, your body will increase vasopressin, a hormone to attempt to "retain" water by keeping your kidneys from filtering it. Ironically, one of the best ways to stop retaining water is to drink more water!
How Much Water Should You Drink?
While humans can survive without food for several weeks (documented cases have shown lengths of up to two months), we can only survive a few days without water. Thirst is a signal that your body needs to be re-hydrated, but by the time you are thirsty it's already too late. Just a fraction of a percentage drop of your body's water supply can result in a huge performance decrease. Even slight dehydration can be critical!
The Myth of "chugging" a gallon of water is not going to provide your body with the water it needs. When too much water floods your system at once, your body will pass most of it on to your bladder, and only absorb a slight amount. With weight in the stomach it is a signal for digestive processes to begin, and a number of biological chemicals enter your stomach and change the pH balance. This can result in indigestion and stomach pain.
The best way to take water in is to steadily sip it throughout the day. You should also eat plenty of fruits and vegetables - most of the produce you eat is filled with water, and the body can process this water very efficiently.
Knowing how much water to drink can be confusing, so, how do you know how much water to drink? We are told adults need to drink "eight cups a day," which is a good starting point, but not everybody is the same, adults come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and have different metabolisms, exercise habits and lifestyles?
There is a very simple way to work out your required water intake and it works incredibly well. The method simply says an adult is to drink enough water to have two or three very lightly colored to clear urinations a day. If you have dark yellow urinations, then either you are not drinking enough water, are not eating correctly or have some type of infection or other illness. So the rule is, a healthy adult, needs to have two or three light to clear urinations for proper hydration, if you do not have these, then increase your water intake until it happens.
Filtered tap water is best because of the prevalence of harmful agents often found in today's raw tap water. Keep in mind that if you drink non-filtered water, your body is going to have to filter it and this may put your health at risk from exposure to toxins and chemicals found in tap or bottled water. When you look at a water filter before you toss it out, you will see exactly what your body's filters via the kidneys.