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You do not have to be an ancient wise philosopher to know that all life on Earth requires water to survive. Since the beginning of humanity, people have settled upon the banks of rivers, by the streams of mountains, and have built wells to access underground springs. But in today’s society, we have lost the instinctual need for one of the most important staples for our survival.
“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu
“Constant dripping hollows out a stone.” – Lucretius
We are lucky to live in a society where clean, drinkable water is so abundant. Yet somehow, 75% of us are chronically dehydrated. There is a very good reason why the first thing administered to any patient arriving at an emergency room is an I.V. A hydrated body will respond to any type of treatment up to 50% better than a dehydrated body. Water is used in every single cell of our body to provide a crucial helping hand in all of our bodily functions and physiological processes.
The Human Body is Made up of About 75% Water
The human body is made up of about 75% water so it is no wonder we can go without food for weeks but only a few days without water. But we are so chronically dehydrated that we have ignored the warning signs our body gives us to drink water. In fact, most people have misinterpreted thirst as hunger. We tend to reach in the cupboard for a snack to eat before reaching for a glass to drink some water. This is because the dehydrated cells are depleted of energy from working harder to perform the daily functions of living. If you are trying to lose fat, I suggest you start drinking more water!
Dehydration will prevent the skin from ridding toxins. The water needed for more crucial bodily functions will draw the water from the skin bringing those toxins in with it. Now this dry skin is vulnerable to skin disorders and premature wrinkling. If you have dermatitis, psoriasis, or cracked and wrinkled skin, make water your number one treatment!
In my Posture: the good, the bad, and the ugly blog I talked about how the “Blue Print” being out of alignment prevents optimal flow of physiological functions. Well now picture the inside of your body being like cracked and wrinkled skin! The toxins already get trapped in our body from poor posture. If the body is dehydrated these toxins build up even more, manifesting illnesses and diseases. Next time you try doing a Detox program, start by drinking water, and lots of it! Flush out those toxins folks!
Water regulates the pH levels in the human body. A dehydrated body is unable to regulate the minerals our body needs to function optimally. As a result ulcers, kidney stones, calcium deposits, and even gout can become a new issue to deal with in your life. Lower your chances of having to deal with unwanted health issues…DRINK WATER DAILY!
Your body will create more cholesterol as a protective mechanism for many types of cells. The different systems that function inside your body are fighting to steal water from each other. Production of cholesterol will prevent cells from water loss. If you have high cholesterol, increasing your water intake is sure to help assist in lowering it.
Your digestive system runs from your mouth all the way through your anus. This long tube needs to be lubricated to be able to produce the many enzymes that digest and breakdown foods starting with the saliva in your mouth. The colon is one of the places the body will draw water from first when dehydrated. Not only do you lose optimal nutrient absorption, but now you are at risk for digestive disorders. If you get constipated often, have acid reflux, experience IBT syndrome, or gastritis then give your digestion some help with extra hydration. A hydrated colon is at much lower risk for colon cancer, too!
As the body drops in hydration levels, histamine levels rise. The body draws water from the lungs, and restricts the airways to conserve what is left. The protective mucus of the nose and throat diminish. Asthma and allergies are stimulated by a poorly hydrated body. So after you take puff from that inhaler, grab a glass of water.
Synovial fluid is the protective lubricant of your joints. It is composed mostly of water. When the body is dehydrated, joint repair is slow and cartilage is weakened. If you have joint pain, joint stiffness, or are arthritic, give yourself a break from the constant discomfort and get on a strict hydration regimen!
Blood is Made Up of 92% Water
Your blood is made up of 92% water. The other 8% is the stuff you think blood really is. Imagine how blood flows when it is dehydrated…more like honey or molasses. The blood needs to be free flowing to allow oxygen and nutrients to be delivered to the rest of the body. If you are dehydrated, the heart has to work a lot harder to pump that thick and sticky blood around the body. This same blood has a much higher chance of collecting in the arteries and building up plaque. And remember, cholesterol is at a higher production rate when you are dehydrated too. Dehydration puts you at a much higher risk for a heart attack! Heart diseases are no joke folks, water is vital!
Electrolytes are needed for muscles to contract. When dehydrated, your body is actually super concentrated which throws the osmosis of cells into a chaotic frenzy. This results in tetanus, which is involuntary muscle spasms that are perceived as twitching. When your muscles are dehydrated they are more like beef jerky rather than supple tissue. The dry muscles are now exposed to musculoskeletal injuries, Trigger Points, and atrophy. Do you have Myofascial pain? Do you have sore, achy muscles? Do you wake up with a random frozen shoulder or other acute soft tissue injuries and wonder why? It is because your muscles are thirsty…so quench those dehydrated muscles and get supple again!
Are you tired from reading this blog? This blog has multiple examples of individual systems of the body when dehydrated. But if you combine the body as a single system you can see how fatigue is one of the most common signs of dehydration. Some other examples are headaches, constipation, lethargy, reduced alertness, mood changes/swings, dry lips, dry eyes, dry hair, dry mouth, cracking finger and toe nails, infrequent urination that is dark and cloudy, overall tight/stiff body that is achy, and a highly toxic body.
Drinking water first thing in the morning is a good way to start increasing your hydration levels. Throughout the day we lose so much water from metabolic processes, physiological processes, and through perspiration. Have you ever gotten into a car in the cold weather and noticed the windows got steamed up? The fogged up window is the evaporation of your water through perspiration, but usually you do not see this temperature regulation process in the form of vapor. It is only when we perspire and see it in the form of “sweat” that we take notice of our water loss. But rest assured folks, it is happening all day every day, whether you see it or not.
Be Well and Drink Water
Well folks, I hope you learned a thing or two about why I am always reminding people to Drink Water! Start carrying a gallon around with you and make it a goal to finish the gallon throughout the day. In fact, do this every day and I will see you on the hydrated side! Be Well….and, Drink Water.