It can help you lose weight.
It can increase mental clarity.
And, when you drink enough, it can promote energy and stamina.
Plain water is having what appears to be its moment in the spotlight. With
the ongoing debate about sugary sodas in the news and Michelle Obama's recently
launched Drink Up campaign, more people are talking about H20.
The first lady's timing is good: By the end of this decade, if not sooner,
sales of bottled water — plain and fizzy — are expected to surpass those of
carbonated soft drinks, according to the Beverage Marketing
. The shift is the result of many factors, including innovations
in bottling technology that have helped lower the price of water. If the
estimated drinking of water from the tap is included, water consumption actually
began exceeding soda consumption around 2008, according to the report.
But just because we're buying more water doesn't necessarily mean we're
adequately hydrated. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
and a study it conducted
earlier this year, most Americans aren't meeting the recommendations for water
Even people who drink water regularly, like Kelly Grey, a personal assistant
in Lafayette, admit it is hard to keep up the habit week to week. “I get busy
and forget,” says Grey, 37. However, when she does reach her goal — about 32
ounces from the tap chilled and sipped by the glass daily — Grey says she
notices a difference in her health and appearance.
“The more water I drink, the more I realize how good it is for me,” says
Grey, who likes the taste especially when it's filtered. “My skin looks plumper,
the (under-eye) dark circles disappear and my stomach's flatter.”
Registered dietitian Nora Norback confirms water's status as “the nectar of
According to Norback and numerous medical studies, including one published in
2010 by obesity researcher and University of North Carolina nutrition professor
, proper hydration is linked to better overall
health, improved cognitive function, agility, and weight control, or, in some
people, weight loss.
“Sometimes, you think you're hungry when you're really just thirsty, so if
you just drink water, you might find yourself satiated,” says Norback, who works
at Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center
. “Water is
But, and this is an important note: If you're already hydrated, drinking more
water won't make much of a difference in your health. “It will make you go to
the bathroom more and probably make your urine lighter than the light yellow we
aim for,” Norback says.
Water, quite literally, is life: Sixty to 70 percent of our body is made of
water and the majority of our blood is water, so when that volume dips,
functionality is thrown off, she explains. Water protects our organs, keeps our
tissues moist, prevents constipation and dissolves minerals and other nutrients
to make them accessible to the body. Deprive your body even a little and you
might feel dizzy or suffer from headaches and a sticky mouth. (Continued)
Source: Jessica Yadegaran, Bay Are News Group Thunderdome