HEALTH TALK: Seven wonders of water

Dr. Victor Emanuel MD
Dr. Victor Emanuel MD

Let’s try to make it short and sweet today, about an important, yet controversial, topic, in terms of what people know and others just believe.

Stay Slimmer With Water

Trying to lose weight? Water revs up metabolism and helps you feel full.

Replace calorie-filled beverages with water, and drink a glass before meals to help you feel fuller.

Drinking more water helps amp up metabolism – especially if your glass is icy cold. Your body must work to warm the water up, burning a few extra calories in the process.

So, my people, there is nothing wrong with a nice glass of ice-cold water.

Water Boost Your Energy

If you’re feeling drained and depleted, get a pick-me-up with water. Dehydration makes you feel tired.

The right amount of water will help your heart pump your blood more effectively.

And water can help your blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells.

Lower Stress With Water

About 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water. If you’re dehydrated, your body and your mind are stressed.

If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already a little dehydrated.

To keep stress levels down, keep a glass of water at your desk or carry a sports bottle and sip regularly.

Build Muscle Tone With Water

Drinking water helps prevent muscle cramping and lubricates joints in the body.

When you’re well hydrated, you can exercise longer and stronger without “hitting the wall.”

Nourish Your Skin

Fine lines and wrinkles are deeper when you’re dehydrated. Water is nature’s own beauty cream.

Drinking water hydrates skin cells and plumps them up, making your face look younger.

It also flushes out impurities and improves circulation and blood flow, helping your skin glow.

Stay Regular With Water

Along with fiber, water is important for good digestion. Water helps dissolve waste particles and passes them smoothly through your digestive tract.

If you’re dehydrated, your body absorbs all the water, leaving your colon dry and making it more difficult to pass waste.

Water Reduces Kidney Stones

The rate of painful kidney stones seems to be increasing. One of the reasons could be because people – including children – aren’t drinking enough water. Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine, so reduce your risk with plenty of water.

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Most healthy adults get enough to drink by letting their thirst guide them.

But the exact amount you need depends on your size, level of activity, the weather, and your general health.

You may need more water if you exercise or sweat heavily.

See you next week.



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  1. A! A!
    March 23, 2014

    Woderful advise, I try to drink about 3 liters a day, because I excerise alot. Is that too much Doc?

  2. my brother
    March 21, 2014

    sorry to read quickly instead of quitly

  3. my brother
    March 21, 2014

    Thanks Doc, but it is not good to drink ice-cold water, because it brings down the body’s temperature to quitly

    • playboy
      March 24, 2014

      Got to tell you, I would have been seriously ill or dead about
      50 years ago if that was the case.
      Does the same apply to an ice-cold beer on a hot day, or just for enjoyment?

  4. man in the tower
    March 21, 2014

    Thanks Doc. I probably would like you to deal with a slightly more ticklish issue and that is one which deals with the right for a patient, his care taker or his family to know truthfully about his health status. As regards to Litigation resulting from gross medical practice I would like to know.

  5. Ladyjay
    March 21, 2014

    Thank you Doc; really short and sweet

  6. YuYu
    March 21, 2014

    Thanks Doc for your for your good advice on water. Most of us skip drinking water and drink sweet drinks which is not good for our health

  7. Calypso
    March 21, 2014

    So how much is enough

  8. Anonymous
    March 21, 2014

    Thank you Doc. We’re going to drink more water.

    Have a wonderfully blessed weekend you all; and guard your hearts because everything flows directly from it.

  9. Anonymous
    March 21, 2014

    “Drinking more water helps amp up metabolism – especially if your glass is icy cold. Your body must work to warm the water up, burning a few extra calories in the process.”

    It’s amazing what one health person says.. there’s another that says diferent. I remember not too long ago there was a big whoopla about the negative effects of cold water etc.

    Thanks Doc

    • dominican
      March 21, 2014

      It is not advisable to dreink iced cold water especially after a meal, what the cold water does is solidify every bit of fat from that meal into your arteries.

      • playboy
        March 24, 2014

        Not exactly true, Dominican. Ice cold water may emulsify the fats in your meal in you gastrointestinal tract, preventing them (the fats) and fat-soluble vitamins to be absorbed.
        Nothing to do with your arteries.

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