Water... How Important It is ? How much fluids do we need ? Are we having enough ?
The importance of drinking water cannot be underestimated. Water helps the body to perform many of the functions it needs to thrive. Without water a person’s body will literally begin to shut down. Thus, it is very important for people to obtain the proper amount of water each day to ensure healthy body function. An inadequate amount of water intake will lead to your body becoming dehydrated and this is very well known, but have you ever stop to consider the effects that this has on your body?
Dehydration happens when you’ve lost too much water in your body without replacing it, which prevents your body to perform its normal functions
Infants and children are especially prone to dehydration since their bodies are composed of 70 percent and 65 percent water, respectively. Beverage companies claim that sports drink will help replenish the electrolytes in your body during exercise or outdoor activities, but the truth is the ingredients of your favorite sports drinks will not hydrate and benefit you, and may even be detrimental to your health. When you nourish your body with structured water, you are restoring your body to a balanced and whole state
Dehydration is not a simple health issue. Anyone can run out of liquids in their body due to various reasons, so it is important that you always hydrate yourself with water.
Read on to learn more about symptoms of dehydration and how to prevent it.
WHAT IS DEHYDRATION? DO YOU HAVE ANY, OR FEW OF THESE ?
- Dry and Sticky Mouth.
- Sleepiness and Tiredness.
- Dry Skin.
- Headache / Lighthededness E. Muscle Cramps.
Water makes up at least two-thirds of the human body. It plays a large part in your normal functions, such as lubricating your joints and eyes, keeping your skin healthy by eliminating toxins, and facilitating proper digestion. Once the water in your body is reduced, it needs to be replaced because an imbalance between the salts and sugar in your body can affect the way you will perform. If your body has lost one to two percent of its entire water content, you will feel thirsty, a sign that you need to replenish the lost liquids.
Dehydration happens when you've lost too much water in your body without replacing it, preventing your body to perform its normal functions. Mild dehydration can easily be treated but if it reaches extreme levels, it can be life-threatening and will require immediate medical attention.
It's common for our bodies to experience dehydration when we have chronic fatique syndrome.
Dehydration can interfere with our natural thirst reflex-many who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome are dehydrated and don't even know it. Our bodies are about 70% water. Vital organs like the kidneys, brain and heart can't operate properly without a certain minimum of water and salt.
Dehydration is caused by a loss of water and important blood salts like potassium and sodium. When your body experiences dehydration, it results in subtle tension in your tissues, muscles and organs. This restricts blood flow. Because your blood flow is restricted, it becomes a dumping ground for toxicity. The result is that you feel as though you are hung over and your musclesache.. common to chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DEHYDRATION
Not being well hydrated manifests itself in many ways. Here are some of the more common symptoms reported by those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. Apart from the common symptoms like intense thirst, sweating too much, giddiness, lethargy, here are some other symptoms of moderate to severe dehydration :
Feeling tired and sluggish
Dehydration can be a cause of fatigue when you have chronic fatigue syndrome. Nearly all body functions are about fluid balance, and even small changes in fluid balance can affect to our performance and daily life. As dehydration progresses, the body redirects blood to the working muscles and away from the skin, impairing your body's ability to diffuse heat. The increase in internal heat then results in muscle gramps, light-headedness, and fatigue. If you have chronic fatigue syndrome, you will identify with this symptom.
Many chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers report frequent headaches. Headaches are a consequence of physical and/or mental stress and can result from not being properly hydrated. Headaches caused through poor hydration are a condition shared by many sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome.
If you have chronic fatigue syndrome, the lack of fluids in your system can be very detrimental to decision making. When the brain suffers from poor hydration, mental fogginess, poor short term memory, dizziness, severe headaches and poor balance results.
Dry Skin, Bashes and Skin Problems
Those with chronic fatigue syndrome often report skin problems. Our body is mostly water, so we need to replenish and maintain an optimum fluid level. Water helps flush out toxins in the body and helps to keep skin supple and healthy. Water is the skin's own moisturiser and just as the rest of your body requires hydration and nutrients, so does your your skin. When our skin suffers the affects of dehydration, skin problems occur.
Pain and Joint Swelling
The pain and joint swelling that is so often associated with Chronic fatigue syndrome can also be the result of joint dehydration. The cartilage that protects the surface of our bones at the joints is made up of a lot of water. If the joint is well hydrated then the friction between the bones is minimised.
As the immune system attempts to deal with bacteria and viruses, poisons and toxins enter the lymph system to be disposed of from the body. Good circulation assists with his process, but if you have chronic fatigue syndrome, pain often prevents you from exercising. The lymph glands can become blocked and then the toxins remain trapped. When you drink sufficient water, your body dilutes these toxins and your kidneys more effectively flush out the poisons. You're likely to feel worst before you feel better. But continue to drink lots of water so that your kidneys can flush out all the impurities.
Dehydration can cause cravings, and dthis symptom is common amongst chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers. If you crave different foods, alcohol, caffeine, sugars and so on, your body is really disguising its thirst signals. Water is a natural diuretic and helps prevent you from feeling hungry. If you drink at least four pints of water daily, you will notice that you can more easily distinguish between real hunger and thirst. The net result of this is that you will have fewer cravings and find it is easier to control your weight.
Poor digestion is a common symptom experienced by those with chronic fatigue syndrome. To digest food properly you need to drink plenty of water. Drink at least half a pint of water one half hour, It is secreted back into the stomach and into the mucous barrier. This barrier retains the sodium bicarbonate this is required to neutralise acid as it attempts to pass through the mucus. Those that are suffering from dehydration have inefficient mucous layers. The acid creeps through and causes pain.
Dehydration can result in the body producing excess histamine which can trigger allergies. This is of course, interferes with the body's ability to resist infections, a common pattern with chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers.
Water is one of the key ingredients for our bodies to work normally. It's essential to drink enough fresh clean water daily to prevent dehydration - especially when you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. So what are you waiting for ? More severe dehydration may cause Irritability and Confusion and even reduced urine output and eventually Coma due to accumulated toxins in the body system.
WHAT CAUSES DEHYDRATION ?
These are various reasons for dehydration like intense physical activity, which makes you lose so much water-fat and calories are counted as well - so proper hydration is necessary. Other causes of dehydration include Diarhea, Vomiting, Burns, Sweating, Frequent Urination, Long Flights, Exsessive Alcohol intake, Stressfull condition, and High Altitude.
WHO IS AT RISK OF DEHYDRATION ?
Everyone is prone to Dehydration, but there are also people who are at higher risks to be dehydrated, like :
- Mountain Hikers - These people are dehydrated easily due to the physical activity being dueing hiking plus the effects of high altitude, where are they lose more fluids and salt from the body, hence the need for replenishment is higher.
- Athletes - particulary those who are involved in marathons, triathlons, and cycling tournaments, basketball players are also predisposed to dehydration. The longer they exercise, the more they lose water in their bodies. The increased gas exchange causes your body to lose more water.
- Elderly people are also at risk for dehydration since the thirst mechanism weakens as a person grows older.
- Ill-sticken people, like those who are inflicted with kidney disease and diabetes, are also more prone to dehydration
- Alcoholics may also be susceptible to dehydration.
HOW TO PREVENT DEHYDRATION
Since dehydration can be a life-threatening condition, it is important that you replenish your body with water immediately after you've lost so much. Water plays such and immense role in your bodyly functions, making it an essential part of your everyday life. Always bring a bottle of water with you during exercise or any physical activity, especially when the temperature's too hot. One good rule of thumb to prevent dehydration is to drink as much water until your urine turns light yellow. Dark urine means that your kidney is retaining liquids in order for your body to perform its normal functions. It is especially important to pay attention to people who are sick with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, so they may not become dehydrated. They should be given lots of water to replace the liquids that they've lost.
CHOOSE TO DRINK CLEAN AND HEALTHY WATER
I advise you to drink clean, healthy, and unpolluted water. Tap water may heavy metals, and disinfection by products that may have ill effects on your health. Install a water filter in your home to ensure that these harmful contaminants are strained if you want to drink something flavorful than water, you can opt for raw, organic green juice made from fresh vegetables, However, i recommend refraining from drinking juice with too many fruits as it will have high amounts of sugar and calories. Go for a green juice recipe that combines one or two fruits and larger amounts of green like spinach, celery or kale. That way, you can minimize your sugar intake and still get all the nutrients from the fruits and vegetables in their purest forms. Coconut water also serves as a great replacement for commercially sold sports drinks. It provides optimal health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory, amino acids, and antioxidants.
A word of caution: coconut water also contains sugar, so you should drink it in moderation. Drink it preferably after a cardio workout, when you need to replace minerals and fluids.
THEY KEY TO AVOIDING DEHYDRATION : LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
No one can determine if you have dehydration better than yourself. If you feel that you are already thirsty or sweating profusely, you have to replenish your body with water immediately. Do not wait for severe symptoms to show before you take action, since this can be life threatening.
Everyone is practically at risk for dehydration, even without any physical activity, so it is important to always keep a bottle of filtered water to always keep you hydrated. Remember that a healthy person urinates seven to eight times each day, so if you're not urinating frequently it means that you're not drinking enough water. Remember to always listen to your body. Once you feel that urge to drink, opt for water rather than artificially sweetened beverages, which can have dire effects on your health. Nothing feels more refreshing than cold water to replace the liquids that you've lost.
Talk yo your Doctor for best medical advice and rehydration Therapy.
When dehydrated, our internal cleansing system becomes congested and stagnates like dirty dish water. It's amazing how much importance we place on cleaning the outside of our body, and how little importance we place on cleaning the inside