Thursday, October 21, 2010

Your body is a temple are you taking care of it?

As many of you know I have lost 35 pounds over the past few months and that was insprired by what I read in the bible about taking care of our body. I am going to start posting some tips that can help you.

Here is the first one:

Medial Weight Loss Solutions Tip #1: “Sip Water to Slim Down”
Water is vital for your body to function properly. It helps your body remove waste, carry nutrients, regulate body temperature, keep bowel function normal, and reduce fluid retention. One of the easiest ways to keep your body healthy is to stay hydrated. In addition to quenching your thirst, drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day can help you in the following ways.
1. Combat Hunger
Your body often mistakes dehydration for hunger. Before you reach for a snack (and unwanted calories), drink a glass of water. Wait 20 minutes to see if you’re still hungry. Drinking water prior to eating can also help you feel more full and eat less. Many people drink beverages full of calories, sugar, or caffeine, thinking they are getting their fluid intake for the day. However, caffeine acts as a diuretic, making you more dehydrated. By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already in dehydration. Replace beverages full of sugar and calories with plain water or flavored water (without added sugar). Add lemons, oranges, or raspberries to your glass of water to give it a hint of flavor.

2. Speed Up Your Metabolism
Studies have shown that water consumption increases the rate at which calories are burned. Increasing your water intake may increase your metabolic rate by as much as 30% on a daily basis, leading to thousands of additional calories burned off each year. Why? It’s actually simple…when people drink cold water, the stomach must warm the water up to process, which increases the metabolism.

3. Reduce Bloating
Bloating is a common problem. Drinking water is actually the only way you can reduce bloating. It helps regulate your digestive system by helping your kidneys function properly.
Drinking water is vitally essential. So how can you increase your daily consumption of water?
• Carry a refillable bottle with you throughout the day.
• Keep a glass of water at your desk and next to your bed.
• Eliminate coffee and sodas and substitute water with added flavors, such as a squeeze of lemon juice or low-calorie sweetener to make water a treat.

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