Water is essential for life – we all know that. The Earth is called the most suitable planet for life because of the presence of oxygen and water. One of the things that astronauts search for on a foreign planet is the presence of water to find out if it can be as habitable as Earth. Water is life. Our body has about 70% water and there are many reasons why water is referred to as ‘life’. It helps to regulate body temperature and protect internal organs. It lubricates the joints and helps in digestion. It also protects many internal organs. Plus, it aids metabolism. You can live without food for some time but not without water.
A study by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found out that consuming seventeen ounces of water daily can bring about a 30% improvement in the overall metabolism in men and women. Optimum metabolism is achieved within half an hour of consuming water.
Water can thus be used to bring about weight loss too. A study was conducted on 84 obese individuals who were divided into two separate groups – Group 1 had to drink about 16 ounces of water half an hour before eating. The other group has to drink a full stomach of water prior to eating. Group 1 lost around 3 pounds which were more than what Group 2 lost. Hydration brings about increased metabolism and low craving to eat food. Normally, people need to drink 6-10 glasses of water everyday if they aim for weight loss.