Posted by: godswaytohealth | December 3, 2013

HYDRATION VS. DEHYDRATION

Hydration vs. Dehydration GWTH

LACK OF WATER AND THE DANGERS OF DEHYDRATION

Did you know that common dehydration is linked with cancer, diabetes, stroke and depression?

Even though we may think that we’re well hydrated on any given day, the truth of the matter is that most of us aren’t. The wide-spread consumption of dehydrating caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, soda and tea, make it easy to become imbalanced. By the time we have the telltale signs of thirst or a dry mouth, it’s already too late. 

On the surface, this may not appear to be much of a problem, but the reality is that chronic dehydration, even if mild, leads to numerous health disorders – some quite serious like cancer, stroke and fatal coronary heart disease. Research has also shown that, when the body is dehydrated, fatigue sets in, while anger and mood disorders run rampant. 

The effects of even mild dehydration include decreased coordination, fatigue, dry skin, decreased urine output, dry mucous membranes in the mouth and nose, blood pressure changes and impairment of judgment. Stress, headache, back pain, allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and many degenerative health problems are the result of UCD (Unintentional Chronic Dehydration).

As basic as it may seem, water is the fluid of life, affecting everything from digestion and mineral balance to detoxification and memory. When thirst strikes, we are already dehydrated by 1-2 percent, and the ramifications can be downright dangerous, with increased incidences of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bladder problems
  • Cancers of the bladder and colon
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Gallstones
  • Glaucoma
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hypertension
  • Impaired athletic performance
  • Joint pain or stiffness
  • Kidney problems
  • Kidney stones
  • Obesity
  • Periodontal disease
  • Pre-mature aging
  • Skin disorders
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Weight gain

Lawrence E. Armstrong, professor of physiology at the University of Connecticut, has specifically studied the effects of dehydration on cognitive skills, memory and mental stability. In one study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, both men and women were evaluated when mildly dehydrated. Women reported fatigue, difficulty concentrating, alterations in mood and headaches, while male participants noted increased anxiety and tension, as well as poor memory.

WHAT SHOULD WE DRINK? WHAT SHOULDN’T WE DRINK?

We are designed to drink pure, natural water.

  • Avoiding sodas/soft drinks to provide your fluid needs. The high sugar content and artificial flavors in soft drinks  are harmful to your health.
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks contain water, but the diuretics contained in these caffeinated beverages flush water out of your body. Don’t count on them to replenish fluid loss.
  • It is OK to drink them occasionally, but if you drink them constantly and don’t drink enough pure natural water, then you are severely compromising your long-term health.
  • Natural pure water is the best choice. If you are committed to a healthy lifestyle and long-term health, make water a habit and a priority in your life.

DRINKING TIPS FOR HEALTHY HYDRATION:

Start your morning’s right: Morning is when you are most full of toxin and dehydrated. Reach for a big glass of water first thing in the morning – even before coffee. This water in the morning really gets the blood flowing.

  • Drink a glass of water when you get up and another when you go to bed.
  • Take regular water break breaks.
  • Avoid relying on sodas to provide your fluid need.
  • Drink water before and after food; ideally drink a glass of water half an hour before you eat your meal and one hour or more after the meal. 

NOTE: It is very important you balance your sodium intake with your water consumption. Take ⅛ – ¼ teaspoon of salt per quart of water – every 4-5 glasses of water. Be sure to get sea salt. The best is Celtic sea salt or Himalayan sea salt, both of which are readily available at any health food store.

If you need additional motivation, staying hydrated throughout the day encourages:

  • A healthy lymphatic system, which supports immunity
  • Clear, youthful skin
  • Production of new blood and muscle cells
  • Purification of the colon, leading to increased nutrient absorption
  • Weight loss by boosting metabolism up to 24 percent

Remember it is important to maintain electrolyte equilibrium, which you can get from freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice mixed in water. Also keep in mind the use of Celtic or Himalayan salt which will keep your mineral levels stable too.

Sources: 

http://naturalnews.com

 The Journal of Nutrition

“You’re not sick; you’re thirsty. Don’t treat thirst with medication.” – Dr. F. Batmanghelidj – http://www.watercure.com/faq.html

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Responses

  1. I drink most water but not enough. Thank you for the information, my New Years resolution is to drink three quarts daily for a better well being. Thank you.

    • I am so glad the posting helped you in your decision. To many people are sick and don’t know that a big reason is lack of water. Blessings to you.


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