Friday, November 30, 2012

Weight Loss

Weight Loss - For many of use just hearing these two words brings to mind many failed attempts at losing weight and taking control of our lives. I am going to help you understand two vital principles for weight loss: The power of living waters & live food.For weight loss you must first embrace that water is an essential and major component of all living matter. It is the largest single component in our body: Our brains are 76% water, our lungs are 90% water, our blood is 84% water, and blood plasma 98% water. Critical processes such as digestion, circulation, and excretion cannot occur without it. It carries nutrients to all vital body substances, plays a crucial role in maintaining body temperature, and serves as building material for growth and repair of the body. This is one vital gift for weight loss.
Q: What is the most important element to health?
A: Oxygen. Without it, we would die within minutes.
Q: How long can your body survive without air? How long can your body survive without food? How long can your body survive without water intake?
A: The second most important element in our health is water. An adult can live several weeks without food, but no more than about 10 days without water. Your body can only lose about 10% of its water and still survive.
Lets take a closer look at the importance of water:
How do you get dehydrated?
Through activities of daily living, the average day's loss of fluid is 2.5 liters, which is generally replaced by the fluid we drink and the food we eat. Exercise, sweating, diarrhea, temperature, or altitude can significantly increase the amount of fluid required. The most common cause of increased fluid loss is exercise and sweating. The effects of even mild dehydrating are decreased coordination, fatigue, and impairment of judgment. The sources of fluid loss are respiration, perspiration, urination, and defecation. the rate of loss from each of these vary according to activity levels, air temperature, humidity, and altitude.
How do you know if you're dehydrated?
  • A dry mouth is the last outward sign of dehydration. Also, thirst perception deteriorates with age.
  • If you are thirsty it means your cells are already dehydrated.
  • A severely dehydrated body produces orange or dark color urine.
  • A somewhat dehydrated body produces yellow urine.
  • A carefully hydrated body produces colorless urine.
  • Some side effects of dehydration include stress, headaches, back pain, allergies, weight gain, asthma, high blood pressure, and Alzheimer's disease.
How much water do you need to drink?
  • Each day you should drink half of your body weight in ounces. In other words, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 ounces of water a day.
  • Ideally, you should never go more than 15 or 20 minutes without sipping water.
  • You should start drinking water in the morning, before you even get out of bed. This is when you are most toxic and dehydrated.
  • You should always drink water prior to eating to support the digestive process.
If you want weight loss you must also understand the vital gift of live foods that contain water content - here's a list of live foods with the highest water content that you should add to your diet for weight loss and the % of water contained in each:
  • Iceberg Lettuce - 96%
  • Watermelon - 94%
  • Broccoli, Carrots, Beets - 91%
  • Oranges - 88%
  • Apples - 85%
  • Boiled Potatoes - 80%
  • Bananas - 76%
  • Corn - 74%
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