Water—A Secret Fat Burning Weapon!

Agua, water, Adam’s ale, aqua pura, or just plain old water. It makes up nearly 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, it’s in our oceans, rivers, lakes, streams, and ponds. But how much do we really know about our old friend H2O? How much water is sufficient to meet our sweaty, Primal lifestyles? Will increasing our water intake not only improve our health but promote fat burning? (something I know I wouldn’t mind!) Let’s take a look . . .

What is water?

Water is fairly simple. It’s made up of two parts hydrogen to one part oxygen. Water is continually changing it’s form between water vapor, liquid, and solid ice. Thanks greatly to our planet being a like a terrarium, a “closed system,” a majority of the matter, including water, does not get lost and is actually recycled by the Earth.

In water’s case, a process known commonly as “the water cycle” allows the water you’re drinking at this moment to very well be the same water a dinosaur bathed in billions of years ago. Cool stuff huh?

Where is water?

Not all water is accessible and drinkable by humans. Here are some interesting facts: About 69 percent of water on earth is locked away in glaciers and ice caps. Almost all of the rest of water on Earth is underground. Only .3 percent of total fresh water is contained in rivers and lakes, the two sources we use the most. There are 332.5 million cubic miles of water in total on Earth. Try thinking of how big of an area that number fills. Now think about how only 0.007 percent of total water on Earth is consumed by humans. Still a pretty big area.

How can water benefit you?

The question we’re most interested by. If you’ve ever been dehydrated, you know the headaches, dizziness, and other side effects of not taking in enough water on a daily basis. Our bodies are made up of around 75 percent water. “Dehydration” is when the body reaches dangerously low levels of water in its cells and blood vessels. But when you maintain a positive level of hydration, you may reep the benefits. Water can help the body to flush out toxins, specifically through the urine. When you’re dehydrated, the body tries to hold onto as much water as possible and the liver cannot flush all the toxins properly. One of the functions of the liver is to burn fat that is stored as energy; when the liver is hydrated properly, you will burn more fat. The more you drink, the more you pee, so keep drinking and keep peeing and flushing out all those toxins, buy hydrogen water.

Water is also important in maintaining endurance and strength for everyday function. Being only mildly dehydrated can cause up to a 10 percent decrease in overall strength. Becoming more than mildly dehydrated and reaching a 30 percent decrease in aerobic endurance can [simply put] cause death. So the next time you think you’re becoming dehydrated, GO GET SOME WATER!

How much water do you drink? Have you ever been severely dehydrated? Leave a comment below!

About The Author

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As a recent recent high school graduate, I've seen a lot of kids struggling with health and fitness over my years in school. I went Primal when my physical trainer helped me really focus on my physical well-being in training for my baseball career. I credit a large percentage of my health and well being on and off the baseball field to my Primal lifestyle. An idea came to the my mind to create a website where kids going into college could find great information on health and nutrition as well as functional fitness. I am extremely excited to be able to write about health in the college world, as a lot of times kids forget how to eat healthy when they go off to the college world. While we saw this as an opportunity to reach out to the college world, we also wanted this site to be a resource for people of all ages struggling with their health as a place for them to go and find great resources and information. Feel free to email me or Max at cavemancollege@gmail.com with any questions you may have. Email Josh at joshsinger11@gmail.com.

6 Responses

  1. Gary Conway
    Gary Conway August 14, 2012 at 9:24 am | | Reply

    I try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. There has been a few articles recently saying that you should just drink what you feel like. For me, I feel noticeably better when I drink more so try to hit my target.

  2. Ryan
    Ryan August 14, 2012 at 10:06 am | | Reply

    Hey guys,

    The past year or so after switching to a primarily paleo diet I have increased my water consumption to around 2-3 liters per day. Interestingly, on very hot days down here in Virginia I’ve found that even if I drink that or more, I will still feel dehydrated due to a lack of electrolytes. Last week at work, I had a really bad headache and felt dizzy even after drinking several liters of water. I grabbed an electrolyte packet, put it in my water bottle and within 10 minutes felt significantly better. Electrolytic balance is an aspect of hydration I think many people overlook.

    Thanks for the info

    Ryan

    1. Max Ungar
      Max Ungar August 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm | | Reply

      Ryan,

      Totally agree on this piece. Getting those electrolytes is equally as important as drinking enough water. To correctly digest the water, you are gonna need some electrolytes. If you want to save a little money, try just adding a pinch of salt, or a drop of minerals to your water instead of the electrolyte pack. Usually those electrolyte packets are filled with some other junk that you probably dont want.

  3. Will Thiesen
    Will Thiesen August 14, 2012 at 11:25 am | | Reply

    Hey guys,

    Love the page but you should create a link for people to ask questions like Im about to…
    Are potatoes part of the primal diet, why/why not? And what about its sister the delicous sweet potato?

    Thanks guys

    1. Max Ungar
      Max Ungar August 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm | | Reply

      Will,

      Thanks for the feedback. When it comes to potatoes, it depends on the person. If you are an elite athlete with a heavy workload, you are probably going to need some potatoes or sweet potatoes in your diet. If you are fairly sedentary, the potatoes are probably not the best thing to have because of the spike in insulin levels from the carbohydrates. Overall, white potatoes are pretty starchy with limited nutrient density. Sweet potatoes are also pretty starchy, but have some really great nutritional benefits like beta carotene. If you are going to have some potatoes, I would go for the sweet potatoes and make sure your workload justifies eating them.

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