If you don’t already know, human body is around 60% water. Water is a necessary element for the body to work properly. Whether you are dieting or not it is crucial to drink enough water to help yourself staying healthy. In this article we are going to highlight why it is important to drink plenty of water on a Keto Diet.
Why It Is Important To Drink Water On a Keto Diet
As said, your body is likely to be composed of 60% water.
Water is like a nutrient and our body needs it to function properly.
A lack of water can result in physical problems and in the most sever cases, death.
Why Do We Need Water?
Water has very important functions, which is why you need to drink enough.
It is the main element of contributing to the formation of bodily fluids, that then perform some important tasks like:
- Digestion of food
- Absorption of nutrients
- Transport of nutrients and waste
- Regulation of the temperature
- Lubrication of the joints
- Removal of Toxins
- Contribute to bowel regular activity
How Do We Get Water?
Considering the main functions needing water you understand that you need to get enough water to not compromise your health.
How do you get water?
You drink or you eat it.
Water can be pure, well, say “almost pure” or part of juices, for example, orange juices are in high percentage made of water.
An alternative to drinking water is eating food with high water content.
Fruits and Vegetables are usually food rich of water.
You can get water also through stock or soup, which is usually also rich of other nutrients.
Water On A Keto Diet
While it is important to drink enough water regardless if you are on a diet or not, we can see some reasons why it is recommended to drink water on a Keto Diet.
The Ketogenic Diet causes some dramatic changes in your body that can sometimes trigger some side effects, examples can be:
- Constipation or Diarrhoea
- Electrolyte Imbalance
- Fatigue or Mental Fog
Cutting carbs can in fact decrease water retention resulting, as a consequence, in some of the listed symptoms.
Drinking Water will help mitigating and to some extent resolve these side effect, and it will improve in any case the overall health.
How Much Water Is “Enough Water”?
We cannot tell a quantity that fits everyone’s situation.
The water intake can vary depending on your weight, height, age, physical activity and so forth.
However, it is a popular opinion in the medical community that a healthy adult should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (200ml glasses), making it at least 1.6 Litres.
While this is a good starting point, many medical practitioners recommend to drink at least 2.5 litres.
On the other side, too much water can be harmful too and cause an excessive flush of nutrients through your body so it is important to not exaggerate either.
Since human body needs water to perform some vital tasks, it is important to have a sufficient water intake.
We can provide water to our body drinking it, drinking juices or other drinks and eating food rich of water, like vegetables and fruits.
While on a Ketogenic Diet, drinking enough water can help the body overcome some of the side effects due to the nutrition changes.