Alarming results have just been published in the medical journal, The Lancet, after a global study into obesity rates, involving 188 countries. It is not good news for Australia. Our obesity rates are climbing faster than anywhere else in the world. Here are some of the key findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013:

  • Almost a quarter of Australian children and 63 per cent of Australian adults are either overweight or obese.
  • Five million Australian adults, one third of the adult population, are obese.
  • One third of Australian women are obese, a 75 per cent increase since 1980.
  • Australia and New Zealand are ranked the 30th and 23rd most overweight countries in the world, not far behind the US, which is ranked 20th.

Other developed countries are starting to plateau, but not Australia and New Zealand. Part of the blame must go to junk food and junk drink, says Professor Rob Moodie, of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. “Only now are people starting to realise there are 10 teaspoons of sugar in a can of coke,” he says.

So what is one of the easiest steps we can take?

Drinking water can help us reverse this growing rate of obesity. We need to be getting our kids to drink water and set up good habits for them. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Australians, in a mild climate an average person needs to drink about a litre and a half of water each day. In hotter parts of Australia much more may be needed to prevent the body becoming dehydrated.
A glass of water contains zero calories and is the most natural drink. The more water you drink, the less you are drinking higher calorie drinks. Diet drinks may be low in calories but they are nowhere near as good for your body as water. Having a water filter at home or in the office gets you drinking more water and breaks the habit of drinking soft drink.
Drinking a glass of water before a meal can help control your appetite as it promotes a feeling of fullness. Water takes up room in your stomach so drinking water during a meal also helps you eat less, as well as creating a beneficial habit. Dieticians say to drink a glass of water and wait for 10 minutes when you’re craving a snack. Most times this seems to work and if you’re still hungry after 10 minutes, then choose a healthy option.
Water aids digestion as it helps your body break down bulk, flush out toxins and transport nutrients. A well-hydrated body helps your muscles and organs work quickly and efficiently. Water boosts your metabolic rate, which gives you energy and helps to burn calories.

When exercising for 60 minutes or less all you need to keep hydrated is water. You should follow these steps according to the Australian Institute of Sport:

  • Make sure you are well-hydrated before you exercise – you should have been drinking regularly throughout the day.
  • Immediately before exercise commences, consume 200-600 ml of water.
  • You should drink water soon after you commence exercise then continue to drink water at regular intervals to help replace lost fluids – approx 200-300 ml every 15 – 20 minutes is ideal. Drinking to a plan is crucial – don’t rely on thirst.
  • It is especially important to drink water after you exercise to compensate for water lost from sweating and respiration. You should replace what you have lost. Each kilogram of weight lost during exercise is equivalent to approximately one litre of fluid. So by weighing yourself before and after exercise you can estimate your fluid requirements.

So drinking water before, during and after exercise will keep energy levels high and help muscles recover afterwards.
If you are wondering whether cooled water or room temperature water is best for hydration, the answer is that in most cases there is not a major difference in their effect on your body. Many prefer the taste and feel of cooled water and so may be encouraged to drink more. It can be better to drink cooled water when exercising to help lower your body temperature back to normal. But it is the amount of water you drink rather than its temperature that is more important for your health.

So while you’re thinking about it, go and get yourself a big glass of water and why not consider filtering your drinking water? Having your own safe, purified water without the smell and taste of chlorine is such a luxury. With an Aeon Water Filter you don’t have to worry about the contaminants in tap water, knowing that every sip you take is improving your health. Drinking water is a great dietary tool and one that can be easily incorporated into everyday life.
At Aeon Water Filters, we have a wide range of water filter solutions to suit your needs and budget. Refer to our website for more information www.https://aeonwaterfilters.com.au/ or call us on 03 9585 8866.

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