Dehydration

Chronic dehydration results when small amounts of water are not replaced day after day. And to make matters worse, many Americans drink beverages containing caffeine or alcohol. These substances cause a net loss, rather than a gain of water in your body. Those who regularly drink caffeine or alcoholic beverages are literally “drinking themselves dry”.According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult loses more than 10 cups of water every day, simply by breathing, perspiring, and eliminating waste. When water is lacking, numerous functions begin to be curtailed. Headaches, constipation, brain fog, afternoon fatigue, and many other ailments are the result of too little water. By the time any of these common symptoms arises, dehydration has already progressed to the point where water is being rationed in your body. Long-term water rationing leads to premature aging and disease.

When cellular water is reduced during water rationing, each cell is required to limp along with less than the optimal amount of water. This results in symptoms that are sometimes mistaken for illness. Asthma, arthritis, blood disorders, digestive disorders (including heartburn), and many chronic pains are often an indication of chronic dehydration and water rationing.
Hydrate your brain!
Every function in the human body requires water! Dehydration affects them all.
Most of us are unaware that our brain is 85% water and that it is the first place to lose water and become dehydrated. Proper hydration of the brain is essential, and drinking the right kind of water is imperative!

If our brains are mostly water, then it is only logical that lack of water can cause the brain some real problems. Alterations in the balance of brain water contributes significantly to morbidity and death associated with many common neurological disorders including head trauma, stroke, tumors, infections, and metabolic disorders.

  • One of the most important roles of water is to keep your brain hydrated
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy thinking.
  • Lack of water is the number one number reason for day time fatigue.

“We’re not sick, we’re thirsty” – Dr. “B”

Your brain needs clean water (with minerals)…in order to conduct electrical impulses. These bio-electric commands automatically regulate body temperature, process information, help us move muscles, automatically breathe, help us eat and digest, and cause us “to feel” both physically and emotionally. When there isn’t enough water available to your brain, your brain basically shuts down to conserve energy.

Something as simple as changing the water you drink could have a profound impact on optimal brain function and help reduce the risk of stroke.

Common Symptoms of Dehydration

Fatigue – Dehydration causes enzymatic activity to slow down.
Constipation – During dehydration, the colon removes more water than normal in order to provide it for other parts of the body.
Digestive disorders – Dehydration reduces the secretion of digestive juices. This can be the root of heartburn, gastritis, and ulcers.
High blood pressure – The body’s blood volume is mostly water.
Dehydration results in thicker blood which is more difficult to pump.
Cholesterol – Dehydration results in cellular water loss. The body produces more cholesterol in an attempt to “seal off” water loss.
Respiratory troubles – A large amount of water is lost during breathing.
Dehydration results in restricted airways in an attempt to reduce water loss.
Acid-alkaline imbalance – Dehydration significantly reduces the body’s ability to remove acidic wastes.
Weight gain – Thirst is often confused with hunger. When food is consumed at the expense of water, weight gain can be the result.
Skin disorders – The skin is the body’s largest detoxification pathway. Lack of water restricts the movement of toxins through the skin and also results in premature wrinkling.
Liver, kidney, bladder problems – The liver, kidneys, and bladder all require copious amounts of water for detoxification. Dehydration increases the concentration of the toxins these organs must eliminate.
Joint problems – Cartilage is mainly water. Dehydration increases abrasive damage and delays repair.
Premature aging – The body of a newborn child is over 90 % water. The amount of water declines with age.

 

 

de·hy·dra·tion [dee-hahy-drey-shuhn]

1. the act or process of dehydrating.

2. an abnormal loss of water from the body, especially from illness or physical exertion.

Water rationing allows the body to provide water for crucial, life-sustaining functions while the functions that are not as crucial are literally put on “hold”. Cells function best with a certain amount of water.

Most people think dehydration is something that would happen if they got lost in the desert and had to go without water for several days. The truth is that chronic (ongoing) dehydration is widespread. Most Americans are in a state of dehydration without even knowing it. Unlike a camel, the human body has no way to store water. Dehydration results when you don’t replace all the water that is lost during each day’s activity.

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