Our human body is made up of about 65% water. In other words, we are made up of a large part of water that we must replenish when we sweat because otherwise we can become dehydrated.
Water is one of the best drinks there is, if not the best, but to think that water helps you lose weight is a myth because it neither loses weight nor gets fat.
We will see the importance of drinking water for the organism, and some myths and reality about it.
Water in the diet
Water is indispensable for life. Much has also been written about the amount of water we should drink daily, and this depends, in good measure, on the body of each person.
In general, we can say that we should drink 2 to 3 liters a day, and much more in times of special heat. According to the Institute for Water and Health Research (IIAS), the male sex needs the daily amount of 3 litres of water, while women only need 2.2 litres. To obtain one litre, we can drink 4 glasses of water during a meal.
It is important to note that water has no calories, so it does not lose weight, nor does it get fat, although many people associate it with weight loss diets.
A rich and varied diet, consisting mainly of fruits, vegetables, fish and water as a drink, is essential to maintain a slim and thin body.
Some studies link water to a good diet. This is the case with the one published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, where it was shown that by increasing the amount of water by one litre a day, the participants lost between 2 and 3 kilos more than the control group, in which the amount of water was not increased.
But this is because of increased water intake and reduced consumption of sugar- and gas-rich beverages. But the study does not prove that water is a weight loss remedy.
Although water is good for the body, we cannot abuse it either. When you drink much more than you need, your stomach becomes full and can be harmful to your body.
Benefits of water in our daily life
The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that water does not contribute significantly to total daily sodium intake, so the salt in the water does not increase pressure.
- Water helps to avoid the feeling of hunger, but it clearly does not mean that it makes us thinner.
- It serves to hydrate us, so the body will receive the necessary water and the skin will be fresher and more vitalised.
- Water helps to speed up the elimination of toxins from the body.
- It also helps to regulate the body temperature.
- Water transports nutrients and is responsible for the maintenance of organs and joints.
- If drunk in moderation, it relieves fatigue.
- It helps to dry out our mouths under various circumstances.
- Water helps with digestion and constipation.
- If we keep ourselves properly hydrated and the mouth is not dry, we stop the development of bacteria in the mouth that are found in the saliva, and thus dental diseases such as gingivitis or caries are avoided.
- Water reduces kidney stones and the incidence of urinary infections.
- Research from Harvard University concludes that water intake in appropriate amounts reduces the risk of colon cancer by 45%.
- Water also helps to hydrate the mucous membranes lining the nose, reducing the likelihood of viral infections.
Some myths and realities
As we see, a good number of people have the false belief that water is thinning, but it is not accurate. It is also a myth to think that the water we drink before we eat will help us lose weight. There are other myths related to water, such as that filtered water eliminates germs, since several studies are needed to determine this.
On the other hand, there are those who believe that it is better not to drink liquids three hours before and three hours after eating solids. This is a myth.