Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
We’ve all heard it before – water is essential to life. It does the important duties of regulating body temperature, carrying oxygen and nutrients to our cells, helping our body to maintain strength and endurance, protecting our organs and tissues, cushioning our joints, removing toxins from the body and much, much more.
In addition to all these, there is yet another important job that water does for our health – adequate intake of water can help to prevent hyperglycemia, in other words, drinking a lot of water helps to prevent high blood sugar.
A study undertaken by a group of French researchers involved 3,614 men and women who had normal blood sugar levels.
At intervals of 3 years, the liquid intake of each participant was recorded: water, wine, beer, soda/soft drinks and any other beverages. Then the participants’ blood sugar levels were recorded.
Other factors that are culprits in raising blood sugar such as age, gender, weight and activity habits were also taken into consideration.
After 9 years, the study reported that those participants who drank more than 34 ounces of water daily had a 21% lower likelihood of developing hyperglycemia. This contrasted to the other participants who drank 16 ounces or less water daily.
It is highly recommended to drink sufficient water every day: drink as many ounces of water as your body weight in kilograms.
It is quite easy to calculate: 1 kg is 2.2 pounds. Take your weight in kilograms, then divide that by 2.2. The resulting figure is the necessary number of ounces of water you should drink every day.
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