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One of the best things you can do for healing and detoxing your body is to drink plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to many diseases that could easily have been prevented. Our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water which needs replenishing every day. Not only will you feel better when your body is hydrated, but your skin will reflect a clear and healthy glow. Also, you will find yourself thinking more clearly. That's because our brains are made up of over 90% water. Think about it. A dried up, shriveling brain won't do you much good in the middle of an exam or when you are trying to remember where you left your keys.
An estimated 75% of the U.S. population suffers daily in varying states of dehydration. Often the symptoms go unnoticed until the mouth becomes dry signaling a need for water. Unfortunately, by the time the tissues in the mouth become dry, the person is already 2-3 glasses of water below what their body requires to sustain and heal itself. Dry mouth is one of the last symptoms. Taking a few sips of water relieves the dryness in the mouth, but accomplishes nothing in alleviating the damage being done to the cells in the body. When trying to figure out how much pure water your body requires to stay hydrated the following formula works for most people. Just drink a little more when exercising or perspiring excessively, or when drinking dehydrating liquids like coffee, tea or alcohol.
Your body weight divided by 2 =
the number of ounces of pure water
you should drink every day in addition
to other beverages.
Example: 200 lbs. divided by 2 = 100 oz. water per day
33 ml. per kg. of body weight
Example: 90 kg. x 33 ml. = 2970 ml. water per day
These electrolyte minerals are necessary because cells (especially nerve, heart and muscle cells) use them to maintain electrical charges across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions, etc.) across themselves and to other cells. Cell membranes surround each cell, enclosing their contents. Water delivers nutrients and carries wastes away from these cell membranes. When dehydration occurs, toxins build up inside the membrane. Excessive toxins are suspended in a sludge-like state waiting to be carried away. Blood begins to thicken and cannot flow freely.
Progressive dehydration can trigger the onset of a host of other diseases which left unchecked can lead to irreversible damage to the cells and body as a whole. When the body runs out of emergency water storages it goes into repair mode in an attempt to undo the damage caused by dehydration. This can lead to an over production of cholesterol which the body uses to repair cells. Suddenly the immune system goes into a state of alert causing a rise in the production of histamines. The brain is no longer able to produce hormones efficiently and they become unbalanced. Lower heart rate proceeds to higher heart rate in a desperate attempt to pump the thicker blood throughout the body. Insulin levels begin to rapidly fluctuate creating low blood sugar which further progresses to high blood sugar levels as dehydration continues to assault the entire system. So now we've managed to trigger the start of high cholesterol, angina, heart disease, asthma and allergies, diabetes and hormonal imbalance. If allowed to continue long enough, it will eventually affect the brain, causing possible dementia, worsening Alzheimer's, as well as other memory disorders and depression. In extreme cases kidney failure, seizures, coma and even death can occur.
All of this trauma to the brain and body because that glass of water seemed just too boring sitting next to that cup of coffee or soda pop. Well guess what? That glass of water doesn't have to be boring.
There's lots of things you can do to jazz up your water. Instead of buying artificially flavored soda pop laden with sugars and artificial sweeteners, why not squeeze your own real fruit into a glass of cool, fresh water. Just be sure you are using water from a trusted source or filter your own. Add a couple slices of lemons, limes, or oranges or mix it up. Even though they are acidic, citrus fruits actually help to maintain an alkaline body. Cucumbers sliced in the water are so refreshing. Add a sprig of fresh mint for even more flavor.
Better yet, buy yourself an inexpensive water infuser and cut up the fruit of your choice, a different flavor every day. Mango, papaya, grapefruit, or watermelon on a hot summer day etc. When you drink the water it is drawn through the fruit in the infuser and gives the water a naturally enhanced fruit flavor that refreshes so much more than heavy, sugary sweet drinks. Infusers and recipe books available online are shown at the end of this article.
So you're feeling the urge for that cup of coffee, tea, or soda, or even a glass of wine in the evening to relax. There's nothing wrong with indulging in your favorite beverages. Just do your mind and body a favor and drink down an extra glass of water before or in between that next cup of coffee or glass of wine. And don't skip your daily water requirement. Remember to drink half your body weight in ounces of water. Your body will love you for it and will reward you with better health and vitality. Not to mention, next time you'll know exactly where you left those keys, and you might just be on time or score an 'A' on that exam.
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