It’s not just the weather that matters when it comes to water quality.
A variety of factors, from the quantity of water you drink, to how much salt you eat and the amount of fluoride you eat, affect how much of your body’s water you have to use to sustain life.
But there are some factors that can be controlled, said Dr. David J. Sondra, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan and one of the world’s leading authorities on water quality and hygiene.
A recent study published in the journal Public Health Reports found that the number of people who were obese was related to their risk of developing hypothyroidism, a condition characterized by low thyroid hormone production.
“There’s been a lot of research on obesity and hypothyroxinemia, and one area of research that we haven’t really focused on is the impact of dietary fat on the risk of hypothyrosclerosis,” Sondras said.
He’s particularly interested in how diet affects body weight, which has a significant impact on how much your body needs to water.
“We’ve found that if you eat less fat, you have a greater likelihood of having hypothyroids, and you also have a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” Sondsra said.
So if you want to lose weight, or if you have diabetes, or are overweight, Sondranos recommends eating a lot less fat and eating a high-fat, low-calorie diet, including fish, poultry, nuts, legumes and whole grains.
Soya beans are also a good source of potassium, which may help you lose weight.
Sainsbury’s, too, recommends eating lots of fruit and vegetables.
“You have a lot more water to drink, which is really important,” said Wendy Gossman, an associate professor of nutrition and public health at Indiana University who was not involved in the research.
“The best advice is to consume more water and get it as easily as possible, and be very mindful of it.
There are a lot, many foods that can have a very high water content.
That’s really the best advice you can give.”
Sondrans recommendation to consume less fat comes in the form of a few recommendations for eating more fruit and vegetable.
“Eat about two tablespoons of whole fruit per day,” Sainsburys said.
“A little bit of avocado is fine as well, if you’re eating it raw.”
Another recommendation is to eat more fruits and vegetables from organically grown sources, such as blueberries and other citrus.
Other healthy foods to look for are fresh vegetables and fruits that have no added sugars, which include strawberries, kale, spinach and asparagus.
“Organically grown produce has been shown to contain a lot fewer calories than conventionally grown produce,” Sainys said, and also contains fewer chemicals.
You can also add honey, maple syrup, honey and maple juice to your diet, and try to eat less processed foods like white bread and white pasta.
For more on water, read our post on the importance of water in your health.
More health tips from the health department The Associated Press contributed to this report.