If you’re on a high fibre diet (which you should be to remain healthy), you need lots of water! *Water believe it or not is an essential nutrient in any diet, but especially important in a fibre rich one that includes a lot of vegetables and whole grains in order to keep your digestive system working smoothly. Best of all, drinking water is the best way to reduce appetite. Sometimes when you think you’re hungry, you may just be thirsty. So when hunger pangs strike again, first try drinking a glass of H20!
Just one small point though on water, as an essential nutrient to your diet. I’m very fortunate because as I live on a property where we harvest our own rain water, so our water is 99.9% pure – if you live in the city or in regional centres your water can sometimes be of dubious quality and or chemically treated – for instance Sydney water has this added to it – A report you should want to read, particularly this section:-
*8.3 Overview of chemical treatment processes.
In the production of drinking water, a number of different chemicals may be added to the water.
The types and quantities of chemicals can vary widely and will depend on a range of factors including raw
water quality, treatment processes employed and treated water quality objectives. Chemical treatment processes.:
• Control algae.
• Remove turbidity and colour.
• Remove microorganisms.
• Remove algal metabolites and synthetic pollutants.
• Reduce organic matter.
• Reduce the concentration of iron, manganese and other elements.
• Reduce pesticides and herbicides.
• Control taste and odour.
• Buffer or modify the pH.
• Control corrosion in distribution systems.
Chemical treatments may also be used for other public health measures, including:
• Fluoridation (to prevent dental caries)