Water - not just for plants

Although most of us take it for granted, water may be the only true ‘magic potion' for a wide range of health problems such as fluid retention, constipation and permanent weight loss.

To shed excess water, drink it

When the body gets insufficient water, it begins to hold on to every drop. Drinking water is the best treatment for fluid retention.

Water can relieve constipation

When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources such as the colon. Normal bowel function usually returns with drinking plenty of water.

Water essential to weight loss

Water helps rid the body of waste. During weight loss, the body has more waste to get rid of. Adequate water suppresses the appetite naturally, helps the body flush out waste and shed metabolised fat.

Water keeps you fit

Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration.

How much water is enough?

On average, eight 200ml glasses (about 1.5 litres) per day are considered sufficient. The amount you drink should be increased if you exercise briskly, are overweight or if the weather is hot and dry.

Water and supplements

Magnesium and calcium are important minerals for optimum muscle function. Vitamin B6 is useful when water retention is related to hormonal influences, especially premenstrually. Blackmore's Sodium Sulphate corrects maldistribution of water throughout the body. Use a water filter to improve water quality, especially if the taste of chlorine discourages you from drinking it.

NB: The recommendations given here are generic. Please check any supplements with your health care practitioner for your individual situation.