Sugary Drinks

We need six to eight glasses of water a day as recommended by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). This is, of course, an average as we’re all unique, and to a certain extent will depend on what climate we live in, and how active we are. Water is essential for washing toxins from the body.

Although water intake is increasing, we’re barely following FSA recommendations. If we’re thirsty, we’re already dehydrated. Just because we guzzle a glass of water to quench our thirst doesn’t mean the water will go to the cells that need it. This will depend on a number of factors, such as the presence of sugar, alchohol and caffeine.

Sugary drinks can dehydrate cells of the body as they can be hypertonic. They cause water to be drawn out of the cells into the bloodstream to dilute the sugar. Not only can they cause dehydration, but they’re high in calories due to high sugar content?a barrier to weight loss! Water is the healthiest option. When we are dehydrated, we often mistake thirst for hunger, so staying hydrated is another reason why it’s effective for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.

Studies show that drinking enough water regularly is essential to effective weight loss. If you drink water before meals, this has also been associated with weight loss. Drinking water throughout the day may discourage the consumption of high-calorie, sugar-laden fizzy drinks.

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