Now that I am a Natural Nutrition student, I am starting to learn more and more little tidbits of interesting knowledge about how the body and the environment work. Some of these things I just find SO interesting and I really want to share them with you! So I decided to start doing a Fun Facts Friday, most likely every second week so I can keep pumping out delicious recipes to you guys as well. I will also try to suggest actionable items you can do based on this knowledge wherever applicable! I am sharing the knowledge and this is helping me reflect on what I have learnt as well! Win win.
Right now I am learning about water. Here are a few things I have learned. Don’t let the title fool you…there is TONS more to learn about water, but for now:
1. Coffee upsets your bodies water balance, even though it is mostly water. It’s diuretic properties cause your body to release more water than you took in by drinking it. Those 4 cups of coffee DO NOT COUNT as consuming water! So if you are drinking coffee, make sure to drink extra water to make up for the loss! Don’t drink coffee all morning with no water. Don’t do it.
2. Soda also has a dehydrating effect on your body! It is so high in sugar your body may recruit water from other areas of your body to help dilute the sugar in your system. This will result in your body becoming dehydrated, even though you are consuming fluids. I wish everyone would cut out soda completely! PLEASE. Even at the bar, you are way better off with only alcohol, or alcohol and soda water. It is having a ton of negative health effects you may not even be considering (so is alcohol so don’t do a double whammy!). I’ve found that since I stopped mixing with soda I am less hung-over the day after drinking.
3. Did you know that our bodies lose on average 2 quarts of water daily, and that roughly 19% of that is through the lungs? Water vapors are released into the air! The other ways we lose water are: urine 50%, skin 25%, and feces 6%. We are losing water all the time so KEEP HYDRATED! Water is one of the most vital substances we can consume. We get water from fresh foods as well as clean drinking water. Water is a part of so many functions and systems in our body, keep everything working smoothly by drinking up and avoiding dehydration!
Did you learn something new? For me is was the way that soda dehydrates the body that I found the MOST interesting! I knew it was bad for you but I did not know that!