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• Water is needed to separate (by
a process called hydrolysis) a phosphate group from adenosine
triphosphate (ATP) or guanosine triphosphate (GTP) to get energy
as illustrated by the following equations.
ATP +H2O = Energy + ADP +
All energy from food is used to generate
ATP or GTP before its energy can be used by the human body, which
makes water crucial to all energy usage by the human body.
Water is also very important for removing
toxins from the human body. The body has four major ways of
removing toxins which are:
The first three of these four methods directly excrete water from the body. When dehydrated, the body will try to save water by minimizing the use of the first three functions and will force the liver to assume as much of the workload as possible. This extra work will place a heavy burden on the liver which still has other functions in addition to detoxification. Even then, the liver by itself will not be able to do all that work very efficiently and toxins will build up rapidly.
Water is also important to fitness and fat loss for several reasons including the following:
Water fills us up without adding any
It is normally recommended to drink about 2
to 3 quarts of water per day. However, this will vary with
the size and activity level of the person as well as with the
climate conditions. Either case, if your urine is bright
yellow, then you need to drink more water. Also, anyone who
exercises nonstop for more than 1 hour should consider replacing
electrolytes along with the water. This is to avoid
hyponatremia (depleted sodium) or other forms of severe
electrolyte depletion which can be dangerous.
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