Water is one of the most important nutrients for our bodies, and it's also essential for weight loss. When you drink more water, you help your body flush out toxins and waste, and help keep it running smoothly. The kidneys and liver are the largest organs that deal with cleaning out the body. The kidneys will put waste in the urine, and the liver will put waste in the stool, as well as the blood stream to get picked up by the kidneys and dumped into the urine.
Water also helps you feel full, which can reduce your overall calorie intake. Sometimes when you are hungry, you are really thirsty. Your sense of thirst really does diminish with age. Staying hydrated can help you avoid unnecessary snacking or overeating. If you think you are hungry, try drinking a glass of water first and wait a few minutes.
You can drink too much water, though. If you drink way too much water, you will often be urinating frequently as your body is trying to get rid of it. The urine color is practically clear or is clear. If you do this for too long, like even a few days, it can really dilute the sodium and potassium that your body needs to work properly. It can make you feel sluggish and weak or tired.
Drinking caffeine and alcohol can also artificially signal the kidneys to make more urine than necessary. Alcohol also contains a lot of calories, and is pretty toxic to your body and brain. Studies are showing that drinking any alcohol is probably bad for you in the long run. But if you are trying to lose weight, cutting it out can really help cut down on your calories.
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