Water is essential for good health. As reported by the University of Iowa Health topics water is a major component of the tissues and cells of the body. The human body will survive only a few days without water. There is no other nutrient deficiency which has such profound effects. A prolonged absence of water in your body lowers blood pressure, weakens the heart and shuts down the kidneys.
Dr. Victor Marchione has reported for The Doctors Health Press “How Water Is Changing the Way We Eat.” It has traditionally been considered good health advice is to drink plenty of water each day. The impact of water on our health is obvious. Now, a new study adds an interesting perspective to the water story. Water could change the way we eat and water could make our diets healthier.
Separate studies on the topic of beverages have appeared online recently in the journal “Appetite.” One of these studies involved a survey of 60 U.S. adults about pairing food and drink. The experiment focused on younger children to investigate drinks and vegetable consumption. In these studies the adults tended to favor a combination of soda served with salty, calorie-dense foods, instead of having vegetables. The children ate more raw vegetables, such as carrots or red peppers, when the meal was accompanied by water rather than a sugary beverage. What has been discovered is that our taste preferences are heavily influenced by repeated exposure to particular foods and drinks.
These researchers have recommended that we drink water with meals as often as possible, because we have a tendency to eat healthier while drinking water. Drinking unhealthy beverages is associated unhealthy food choices. Consider when we think of a Coke we also generally think of a slice of pizza or a batch of French fries. Water therefore could offer a simple dietary change to help combat the rising epidemic of obesity and related diabetes. Furthermore, drinking water with meals would reduce dehydration. This is important because 75% of adult Americans are chronically dehydrated.
The researchers have said “If the drink on the table sets the odds against both adults and children eating their vegetables, then perhaps it is time to change that drink, and replace it with water.” Remember that adage “drink eight glasses of water a day?” Well, Dr. Marchione points out that assuming those glasses are eight ounces, that’s only about 1.9 liters. The Institute of Medicine says that men require about three liters of beverages each day, and women 2.2 liters.
Mandel News Service