Most people don’t think they need to worry about dehydration. To them, dehydration is something that happens to travelers in the desert when they run out of water. Find out if you are suffering one of the symptoms of chronic dehydration.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Except for the photo of drinking water from a water bottle, this is a really important article for your great health.
Most people don't realize that thirst is not a reliable indication of the need for water. Research shows that our body can become significantly dehydrated BEFORE we feel thirsty. It's best to develop a health habit to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water/day.
In the morning is when your body has a real metabolic need for water and yet few people can actually feel this need. Most people reach for coffee, a beverage that sucks the water out of your cells.
Try this: when you wake up, sip about 4 ounces of water and you'll be surprised to see that in a few minutes (2 or 3) you'll notice that your mouth will be very dry. You have unmasked your need for water. Now have another 4 ounces and again in 2-3 minutes you'll be thirsty. Repeat until you are not longer thristy. Add up all the 4 ounces servings tht you drank and you will discover you body's true metabolic need for water.
Here are 13 symptoms and the reasons why a lack of fluid affects the issue.
1. Fatigue, energy loss
Dehydration of tissues causes enazyamatic activity to slow down.
When chewed food enters the colon, it contains too much liquid to allow stools to form properly, and the wall of the colon reduces it. In chronic dehydration, the colon takes too much water to give to other parts of the body.
3. Digestive disorders
The secretion of digestive juices are less in chronic dehydration.
4. High and low blood pressure
The body’s blood volume is not enough to completely fill the entire set of arteries, veins, and capillaries.
5. Gastritis and stomach ulcers
To protect its mucous membranes from being destroyed by the acidic digestive fluid it produces, the stomach secretes a layer of mucus.
6. Respiratory troubles
The mucous membranes of the respiratory region are slightly moist to protect the respiratory tract from substances that might be present in inhaled air.
7. Acid-Alkaline Imbalance
Dehydration activates an enzymatic slowdown producing acidification.
8. Excess Weight and Obesity
Thirst is often confused with hunger. We may overeat because we crave foods rich in water.
Your body needs enough moisture to sweat 20-24 ounces of water, which is the amount necessary to dilute toxins so they do not irritate the skin.
When dehydration causes too much liquid to be removed from inside the cells, the body tries to stop this loss by producing more cholesterol.
11. Cystitis, Urinary Infections
If toxins contained in urine are insufficiently diluted, they attack the urinary mucus membranes.
Dehydration abnormally increases the concentration of toxins in the blood and cellular fluids and the pains increase in proportion to the concentration of toxins.
13. Premature Aging
The body of a newborn child is composed of 80% liquid, but this percentage declines to no more than 70% in an adult and continues to decline with age.
Put a sign on your fridge to "drink more water" throughout the day. Remind yourself that the more water you drink, the better you will feel. Drink pure, filtered or ionized water, not tap water and not bottled water which is mostly tap water.
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