Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
The low-carb craze is going strong. Bread is out. Pasta is overrated. And dieters are experimenting with how low their carb intake can go. But grains are anything but all the same. So whether you are cutting out refined grains, whole grains, or carbs in general, the effects can vary widely. Here’s a look at the wide array of things that happen when you ditch the bread bags:
“Through the posterior pituitary gland, your brain communicates with your kidneys and tells it how much water to excrete as urine or hold onto for reserves,” says Guest, who is also an adjunct professor of medicine at Stanford University.
When you’re low on fluids, the brain triggers the body’s thirst mechanism. And unless you are taking medications that make you thirsty, Guest says, you should listen to those cues and get yourself a drink of water, juice, milk, coffee — anything but alcohol.
When you reduce your carb intake, the first thing you notice is how quickly, even magically, the weight falls off. But it’s not fat you’re losing. It’s water. “When carbs are stored in the body in the form of glycogen, each gram of carbohydrate stores three to four times its weight in water,” says dietitian and strength coach Marie Spano, R.D., C.S.C.S. So as soon as you cut carbs and start using your glycogen stores, you’ll lose a good amount of water weight.
For most people, excess water weight is not a serious health issue. However, it can still negatively impact your appearance and quality of life.
Sleep may also affect the sympathetic renal nerves in the kidneys, which regulate sodium and water balance
Long-term stress can increase the hormone cortisol, which directly influences fluid retention and water weight (12).
This may occur because stress and cortisol increase a hormone that controls water balance in the body, known as the antidiuretic hormone or ADH (13).
ADH works by sending signals to the kidneys, telling them how much water to pump back into the body (12).
If you control your stress levels, you will maintain a normal level of ADH and cortisol, which is important for fluid balance and long-term health and disease risk.
Dark chocolate is as healthy as it is delicious.
It’s very rich in magnesium, with 64 mg in a 1-ounce (28 gram) serving. This amounts to 16% of the recommended daily intake (RDI)
Avocados are also high in potassium, B-vitamins and vitamin K. And unlike most fruits, they’re high in fat — especially heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
Several types are high in magnesium, including almonds, cashews and Brazil nuts.
They are best known for their high potassium content, which can lower blood pressure and is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease (40).