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HOW FOOD BECOMES YOU – NUTRIENTS: WATER

Water is what holds it all together. More than two thirds of your body weight is water. It's the essential constituent of your cells; it's what keeps it all going and flowing; it's what keeps all the other nutrients happy inside your litde cells. Water maintains balance and harmony. It's responsible for and involved in nearly every body process, including digestion, absorption, circulation, and excretion. Water is necessary for all your body's building functions, and it helps maintain a normal body temperature and is vital in carrying waste materials out of your body.

An adult body typically holds forty-five quarts of water at any one time and loses approximately three quarts a day, although this fluctuates from one to more than ten, depending on your activity and environment.

Not surprisingly, some foods are about 80 percent water. Fruits and vegetables in particular.

Protein foods are the exception—they are the only ones that don't contain a great deal of water. This is one reason you have to drink a lot of water when you're on a high-protein diet. Yet digesting protein foods requires huge stores of water. To quench its thirst, protein sucks water out of your cells. That's why when you go off your high-protein diet, you're likely to regain much of the weight you lost. Your cells are desperate to replenish their lost liquid, and they do so the moment carbohydrates are reintroduced into your body. They lap up enough carbohydrates, naturally high in water, to eliminate their deficit, and in the process you regain the weight you lost—the weight that was, in fact, little more than liquids that were appropriated from your poor, parched cells. No wonder losers on high-protein diets often have that taut and haggard look! Something you won't get on the Beverly Hills Diet In fact, many of my Combiners are accused of having had face-lifts.

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