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Water- The Miracle Solution
Water is so good for weight control, appetite suppression, skin care, digestion, muscle function, energy, and overall health that it’s hard to know where to start. If you just do this one thing- switch from drinking carbonated sugary drinks, or alcoholic drinks, or too many caffeinated drinks, to drinking more water, your health will be dramatically improved. Have back pain? Try drinking more water. Hungry but trying to lose weight? Drink water. Experiencing fatigue? Drink a glass of water. Have trouble getting up in the morning? Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up. The human body is made up of about 50-75 % water, depending on age and sex. We need and rely on it to conduct proper metabolic functions. Without water, the body starts to die and breakdown from within. We can go without food for an extended amount of time, around 3 weeks, give or take, but we can only go without water for about 3-4 days. I have advised many people who are experiencing pain to first try drinking more water, because I know from firsthand experience that if you’re dehydrated, the discs in your spine and neck can become stiff and compromised. Shoot for 8 glasses per day, but also consider getting water in fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, grapefruit, lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, cauliflowers, watermelons, spinach, and apples. You’ll look better, feel better, feel fuller, eat less, and have more energy just by simply drinking more water.
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