Hydration. Water and fiber: your two essential allies

If you are underestimating the importance of hydration, you are making a serious mistake and you should keep reading…

Let us all re-educate ourselves to drink water. This is our first important advice to be put into practice immediately.

Human beings are, by nature, creatures of habit: so, if we have the bad habit of drinking little water, we absolutely need to remedy by re-setting our modus vivendi for many good reasons.

To start our day in the best way, it is advisable to drink a glass of water: in addition to making the tissues more toned and the kidneys and intestines more efficient, it will help us cleanse our gastrointestinal tract.

During the course of the day, our minimum fluid intake (excluding the harmful, carbonated, alcoholic and sugary drinks) should be one and a half liters (approx. eight 8-ounce glasses), which should be increased if we exercise, and when the summer heat causes our body to sweat profusely.

Drinking slowly is important, as it allows not to swallow air that can lead to abdominal swelling and heavy digestion; we should also pay attention to the temperature of the water and avoid drinking it too cold, as it could irritate the intestine and strain digestion.

What brand of water should we put in our shopping cart?

An important feature that we should not underestimate when choosing what water to drink is the fixed residue: this datum – to be mandatorily shown on the label – indicates the quantity of solid substance that remains after having the water evaporate. Water with a fixed residue lower than 50 mg/l is preferable.

While increasing water intake, it is advisable to reduce or eliminate consumption of salt (or use low-sodium salt): foods that are too salty, in fact, prevent drainage of liquids by favoring their stasis, especially on the lower limbs.

Synergistic effects of water and fibers

Fibers have the highly important function of cleansing the intestine, binding with water and other liquid substances, favoring the elimination of impurities by acting as sweepers for the body.

Fibers are contained in vegetables, fruit, legumes and whole-wheat foods; increasing the intake should be accompanied by an increase in the consumption of water since, on their own, these could favor abdominal bloating and slow intestinal transit.

Hence, the title “Synergistic effects”.

Enriching your diet with vegetables and fresh fruit is one of the things that will most benefit you if you are trying to lose weight while maintaining proper hydration and feeling light and fit.

A good rule would be to increase the portions of these foods by using them as mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks.

Wellness Escapes® Staff