Water drives all the chemical reactions that create and nurture life.So many of us are so disconnected and so “busy” that we fail to notice symptoms of dehydration. It may interest you that a dry mouth is actually one of the last symptoms of dehydration. We live in a self inflicted dehydrated society that accepts caffeinated drinks, sports drinks, alcohol, and juices as a method of rehydration.
Yes, a lot of these have some water in them, but they also have a lot of other bad characteristics (eg dehydration, sugar, artificial flavours/colours etc).
People incorporating these methods are fighting a losing battle. Even more so, because as we age we lose the ability to effectively recognise the sensation of thirst. So one continues to get chronically more dehydrated, essentially accelerating degeneration, aging, and disease.
Dehydration is experienced in many ways. Many of these we wouldn’t think of attributing to it. For instance, anginal heart pain, colitis pain, lower back pain, headaches, increased body fat, poor muscle tone, digestive complications, muscle soreness, and water retention imbalances. One of the main reasons for these symptoms is that physiologically, dehydration causes stress, and the process of stress causes further dehydration. The in-depth reasons go beyond the scope of this post. I’ll add one more symptom though.
Dehydration can be mistaken as cravings for sugar, or more food, and you can often end up over eating to hide your thirst. To combat this, try to drink a large glass of water 20 minutes before a meal and wait at least 1Ihour after, if possible. This also prevents a lot of fluid upsetting the digestive process.
A filter at home is a great option to having better quality water.
Our body must be in an alkaline state in order to provide a healthy environment for good bacteria to play their role in the digestive system. If our digestive system is sluggish, bloated and over acidic, we will not have the energy to take us through our day.
I encourage you to stay away from plastic for the sake of your health and the devastation it’s creating for our environment.
How much do you need daily?
Water makes up approximately 74% of human body weight. The human brain is made up of 95% water, blood is 82% and lungs 90%.
Multiply 0.033 x bw (in kg’s) to get your daily intake in litres. You’ll be surprised at the amount. Obviously with perspiration, stress, and dehydrating drinks or medication, this amount goes up.
You’ll feel better, get leaner, have more energy, mental clarity, your digestion will improve, your skin will look better, and more.