weight loss resolutions

    Published: December 18, 2014

    Why Filtered Water is Key to Weight Loss

    weight loss resolutionsLosing weight and living healthier is a common New Year’s resolution, and water is key to turning this resolution into reality! Here are some of the ways drinking clean, filtered water can lead to a healthier you in 2015:

    The human body is composed of about 60% water, so water is key to maintaining the balance of body fluids. The functions of these fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transport of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

    For years, dieters have been drinking water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have a magical effect on weight loss, it’s certainly a helpful substitute for higher calorie beverages, such as soda and sugary juices. Food naturally rich in water (fruits, leafy greens, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans) requires more chewing, is absorbed more slowly by the body, and therefore makes one feel full more quickly, which helps avoid overeating.

    Human skin contains a lot of water, functioning as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. Dehydration can cause the skin to look dry and wrinkled, so proper hydration is key to ensuring that your skin looks and feels healthy over time.

    Body fluids also transport waste products in and out of cells. Healthy kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and eliminating toxins in our bodies as long as our intake of fluids is adequate. Dehydration can put people at higher risk of developing kidney stones, especially in warm climates, so drinking water is key for kidney health.

    Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along the gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration, resulting in digestive problems.

    While water is key to individual health goals, consider a resolution this year that also involves water on a global level. Plastic water bottles are detrimental to the environment in more ways than most people realize:

    • Manufacturing companies use millions of barrels of oil every year to create plastic bottles. In the United States alone, the amount of oil needed to meet this demand is enough to fuel 1.3 million cars every year.
    • Only a small percentage of plastic water bottles are recycled after use – typically around 23%. Billions of water bottles go to waste every year, occupying large volumes of landfill and polluting the nation’s waterways.

    Consider replacing commercially bottled water with a Pelican BPA-free reusable water bottle for an eco-friendly addition to your list of New Year’s resolutions.

    There’s no need to wait until January 1 rolls around – you can start making changes now. Wishing you a happy, green, and water-healthy New Year!