What is the best diet for someone looking to improve his or her overall health? How many times a day should they eat? How many calories should they consume? So much has changed about our Government’s perceptions of good health and the ideal American diet in the last seventy six years since the implementation of the food group system that is now very difficult for the average consumer to know what to believe about implementing a sound nutritional plan.
The barrage of radical theories has further complicated the dilemma and products promising better health that is released onto the market by the private sector. Who are we to believe? Perhaps we are getting ahead of ourselves. When people decide to make significant healthy lifestyle changes they frequently place so much emphasis on diet and exercise that they often overlook the most basic stepping stone to better health. Proper Hydration.
As all of us learned in middle school the human body is composed of approximately 50-60% water. Every system in your body needs water to function on a cellular level. Your brain requires water to regulate all of the functions of your bodies major organ systems. The major health benefits of staying properly hydrated are increased metabolism, improved digestive and cardiovascular health, and quicker brain function. Dehydration is commonly associated with irritability, fatigue, headaches, increased physical and emotional stress, anxiety, lack of mental clarity, and even depression. Drinking plenty of water may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. In addition to improved physical and mental function water also can be a tremendous weight loss tool.
Drinking plenty of water can help you feel more full between meals and decrease your snack cravings as well as increasing your metabolic rate, which allows you to burn more calories. Drinking one to two liters of water a day is typically enough for most people improve their overall health and promote weight loss. As we stated earlier adopting a healthier lifestyle can feel overwhelming and one often doesn’t know exactly where to begin. Begin by optimizing your bodies potential to function efficiently. Begin by becoming and remaining properly hydrated.