Water is important for several reasons but here is one that is particularly interesting especially for people trying to loose weight and lean down.
Carbohydrates are broken down in the body and turned into sugar. An increase in blood sugar causes insulin to be released. This is something we want to minimize on a day-to-day basis.
The reason we want to generally avoid insulin spikes is because insulin takes sugar out of the blood and stores it into the liver. Here unless you exercise at a moderate to high level regularly, a process called Lipogenesis occurs – the formation of fat from sugar.
When the body is not properly hydrated, it’s tolerance to carbohydrates in low. What this means is that the effect that carbohydrates normally have on our body (insulin spike) will be even greater when the body is not well hydrated.
Though there are different types of carbohydrates (the good ones and the bad ones – see here for some good ones), the hydrated body will be more efficient in processing the carbohydrates.
So how much water do YOU need? The most accurate calculation is:
Active individuals should add another litre or 2 to make up for water loss.
My favorite ways to hydrate are:
– Peppermint tea (Peppermint is very hydrating and cooling for the body)
– Water with squeezed lemon in the morning
– Water in all my shakes
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