If you want to lose weight, improve your energy, increase your mental and physical performance, remove toxins and waste from your body and keep your skin healthy and glowing then drink this…
WATER. Sorry no sexy answers or magic pills here.
In this article I’m going to give you an overview of what I’ve learned with regard to why water is so important for weight loss, examine tap water versus bottled water, highlight the ‘dodgy’ labelling of some bottled water and give you my simple recommendations when it comes to drinking for weight loss and health.
Let’s start with 5 reasons why water is important for weight loss (and health)…
1) If you’re on any kind of health drive then drinking adequate amounts of water should be top your list. After all 83 percent of your body is water. 75% of you muscles, 74% of you brain and 22% of you bones are made up of water.
2) We can’t function or perform without it. A 2 % loss in water results in a 20% drop in energy levels resulting in tiredness, a foggy brain and de-hydration. Drink 2-3 litres of water each day.
3) Water helps flush fat and toxins through the liver and kidneys. If you’re doing a detox and having an ‘off’ day (when the toxins leave your fat stores and enter your blood stream) then drink plenty of water (just water, not fizzy drinks) will help flush out the toxins.
4) Water fills you up. People often mistake hunger for thirst. This is one of the main causes of over eating. Have a glass of water before eating and you may find that this is what your body is after.
5) It’s been suggest that water speeds up metabolic rate. Cold water speeds up the body’s metabolic rate, due to the body’s need to heat itself up afterwards.
Ok you’re drinking more water. That’s a good start but let’s take things a bit further..
What about tap water versus bottled water
The more I read the more I realise that people (and scientists) can present arguments for both and these arguments can be quite complex and aggressive with evidence that is no doubt spun for financial gain.
- Over 350 synthetic chemicals have been detected in some samples of tap water. These include pesticides, heavy metals, solvents and nitrates. There are more than 1,400 potential contaminants in British water, from parasites to residues from hormone and contraceptive pills. One of the chemicals added to tap water is fluoride which is damaging to the thyroid gland. It’s widely known that an underactive thyroid gland makes weight loss more difficult.
- Uk tap water is chemically cleaned which means more chemicals are introduced to clean out the existing ones. The problem here is that the hormones used in (Hormone Replacement Therapy) HRT and the Pill, which are excreted by humans into the sewage system, are not removed through chemical cleaning. Rather, we end up drinking them in our tap water.
- Older lead pipes are gradually being replaced by plastic. Plastics contain xenoestrogen, a synthetic female hormone which can seriously disrupt the female hormonal balance and as result make weight loss difficult and may affect fertility. In men the over exposure to xenoestrogens can also cause reduced sperm count in males.
I realise that most bottled water comes in plastic bottles as well and yes this is a problem but if you refill a plastic bottle from the tap which is linked to plastic pipes then you could in effect be doubling your dose of xenoestrogen’s.
- A common argument that there’s nothing wrong with tap water is that the government wouldn’t let us drink it was going to do us any harm.
The problem is the government recommendations and standards, when concerned with food and drink, are often out dated and based on the bare minimum standards required to stay healthy. Politics can get in the way of safe water standards. I discovered that in the US there are people whose full time job is to try and make the ‘safe’ levels of toxins as high as they can reasonably ‘get away with’ so as to make conditions more favourable for business and industry. I’m making the assumption that this is the same in the UK. So what I’m saying is that you are entitled to be sceptical about what safe standards are.
Most bottled water of it comes in plastic bottles and plastics contain xenoestrogen’s (see issue 3 above for an explanation).
- PRICE. Bottled water is more expensive than tap water but compared to days worth of fizzy drinks or lattes, the best bottled water in the world is cheap.
- CONFUSING labelling and DIRTY supermarket tactics.
Tesco and Asda sell bottled tap water!
Bottles of Tesco ‘Everyday Value Still Water’ and Asda ‘Smartprice Still Water’ are sitting on shelves alongside big brands of mineral water such as Evian and Perrier.
On the face of it, the supermarket water, which costs 17p for a two-litre bottle, offers remarkable value compared with the big brands. In reality it is no more than a filtered version of the mains water that comes out of the tap at a cost of just a third of a penny a litre.
1) Clean water will always trump over sugar laden and artificially sweetened drink so drink more of it.
2) 2-3 litres each day. The bigger you are and the more you exercise then the more you’ll need.
3) Avoid tap water if you have thyroid problems
4) If you do stick to tap water, though, there are a few simple rules for ensuring it’s as good for you as possible.
A) Let the cold taps run for a few minutes to flush out any lead or toxins that have leached from the plastic.
B) Only use water from the cold tap for drinking and cooking, as there is a greater probability that hot water contains lead, asbestos and other pollutants from the hot water tank.
C) Filter your tap water
5) Watch out for cheap ‘tap water in disguise’ in supermarkets which is actually just filtered water from the mains.
6) The best quality bottled waters available in the UK are Evian, Volvic, Fiji, Pelegreno and Perrier.
7) Bottled water from glass bottles is preferable so you are avoiding harmful plastics.
Additional Labelling Information from British Soft Drink Labelling
Natural Mineral Water – comes from a named source, has a consistent mineral composition and is untreated
Spring Water – comes from a named source; may be subject to certain permitted treatments
Bottled Drinking Water – any other packaged water