A new study, conducted by the Spanish researchers, finds that drinking a glass of water in turn of one fizzy drink or beer may significantly lower the obesity risk.
For the study, a team of researchers followed 15,765 healthy university graduates checking their consumption of common drinks, such as whole milk, reduced-fat milk, skimmed milk, milkshake, wine, beer, spirits, sugar-sweetened soda beverages, diet soda beverages, regular coffee, decaffeinated coffee, fresh orange juice, fresh non-orange juice, bottled juice, tap water and bottled water.
The research found that 873 participants that became obese with mathematical modeling showing drinking a glass of water instead of a fizzy drink or a beer a day the risk of obesity by 20%. Swapping a sugar-sweetened beverage with water was connected to the 15% lower risk of developing obesity.
In most cases drinking water is always good for your body, as it keeps you hydrated, helps you avoid overeating, and can burn calories. But there are situations when you shouldn’t drink water to stay healthy. You should stop drinking water, when:
- … when you already drank a lot, as it may dilute your natural balance of salt
- … when your pee is clear – this means that you’ve reached optimal hydration status
- … when you ate lots of food – it will make you feel more bloated
- … when you’re doing a very intense workout for a long time – it’s better to stick to water high in potassium, magnesium, sodium, and vitamin C
- … when water contains hidden sugars.
Drinking warm water on an empty stomach daily offers many health benefits. Stall Metsovas, clinical nutritionist and media health expert in Food and Nutrition Sciences, explains: “Physicians recommend drinking warm water in the morning, usually, with polyphenol-rich lemon immersion, or with tea shown to decrease free radical activity in the body.”
Here are 7 health benefits happening to your body when you adopt this amazing habit:
- Warm water prevents premature ageing.
- It alleviates pain.
- It promotes weight loss.
- It improves digestion.
- It improves blood circulation.
- It aids constipation.
- It induces sleep.
You will find more information about these benefits here.
Please note that you should not drink warm tap water, because it contains microscopic metal particles from the pipes and heating systems, and possibly bacteria from the warm still standing. If using tap water, always take cold water and then warm it up in a kettle, heater, or microwave.
A new research, published in Sports Medicine, says that dehydration may reduce strength by 2%, power by 3% and high-intensity endurance by 10% during exercising.
To avoid dehydration, the researchers recommend drinking near 250 ml of water 30 minutes before a workout to ensure the best function of your muscles, and then near 500 ml within 30 minutes after the finish.
How much to drink during the workout is more subjective, but Jo Scott-Dalgleish, a nutritional therapist, recommends up to 500 ml during a 1-hour workout.
After 90 minutes of a moderate workout, the number of glycogen stores in your body is reduced, and it’s time to start drinking electrolyte sports drinks.
Health experts warn that drinking too much water without replacing electrolytes is as bad as dehydration and may be even worse. It may cause hyponatremia, which leads to seizures, organ failure, and even death.
More information here.