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Treating IBS with a Healthy Diet Step 3: Drink 8 Glasses of Water A Day — an article on the Smart Living Network
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Treating IBS with a Healthy Diet Step 3: Drink 8 Glasses of Water A Day

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Step 3: Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

Have you ever seen how long you can go without drinking water? You can go without food, but water is essential to your body's health. There are conflicting reports as to how many ounces of water you should drink a day. Some proponents say you shouldn't go overboard. Some advocates suggest eight ounces of water daily. Other contenders aver you should drink half your total body weight in ounces. Whatever you choose to believe and drink, rest assured your body needs water. For every caffeinated drink you consume, you need to drink one extra glass of water because caffeine dehydrates your body. Some dieters swear that if they drink a glass of water before they eat, they actually eat less at mealtime. This is an excellent way to lose weight naturally. Others believe they should only drink water when they eat. Drinking water can help you reduce your cholesterol level between 10-20%. Drinking the proper amount of water will literally prevent the onset of constipation. And for IBS sufferers, this is huge. Drinking the proper amount of water is needed to keep the cholesterol properly absorbing the fiber throughout your body.

We've all heard the debate between distilled water, tap water, bottled water, cold water vs lukewarm water. So, which is best? Believe it or not, tap water that is chemically treated is actually believed to be one reason why cholesterol levels are soaring because it creates plaque that sticks to and clogs our arteries. This applies to the same tap water that's used in cooking, too. Bottled water may not provide the answer you're looking for, either. Most of them come straight from the tap, or contain pesticides or fertilizers. It should be noted that if bottled water contains these pesticides or fertilizers, they don't have to be written on the label. Distilled water is the closest we have to pure drinking water. Cool water, below 50F, is best to drink because it's easily absorbed in your body. When is the best time to drink water? It's best to sip it throughout the day (gulping will cause bloating). If you wait until later in the evening to drink water, you will be visiting the bathroom throughout the night. Our bodies do not store water, so it's important to space it throughout your day. See? You can and should drink 8 glasses of water a day to help you address your IBS pains. It is easy to treating IBS with a healthy diet. All you have to do is start!

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