THE NEED FOR WATER – ARE YOU DEHYDRATED ?
We need to drink more water.
Water makes up more than 70 percent of the body’s tissues and plays a major role in nearly every body function from regulating temperature and cushioning joints to bringing oxygen to the cells and removing waste from the body. It is second only to oxygen as a primary building block of human life. Every moment of every day, our bodies use water to per- form one task after another that is necessary to our lives.
Severe dehydration can affect blood pressure, circulation, digestion and kidney function. But on a daily basis, not getting enough water can cause fatique, dry skin, headaches and constipation. Hydration should be the primary focus of health. Proper water utilization is necessary for the accurate processing of 80 percent of the messages communicated between the brain and the body. Even a slight imbalance may cause confused electrical messages to misdirect the muscles of the body. Hydration is also responsible for proper functioning of 90 percent of the muscles in the body.
Through sweat, breathing and other excretory functions, our body loses about three liters of fluid a day. Yet most people do not replace this lost water with water. Instead we drink soda, tea, coffee, wine and processed juices. These fluids contain a high amount of caffeine, sugars, artificial flavors and coloring as well as other unhealthy artificial substances. These fluids act as diuretics (pulling water from tissue, body organs, etc. then flushing water from our systems) thereby creating an environment of greater fluid loss. The result is that many people end up with chronic dehydration.
Becoming thirsty is nothing more than our body telling us to replace this precious liquid. But how many of us actually drink water?
Everyone should drink 1 ounce of water per pound of body fat, or at least 3 quarts per day. This will help with bowel elimination and help with weight loss.
A few signs of dehydration are tiredness, muscle pain, headaches, sleepless nights, dry mouth, dry skin, dry hair and weight gain.
It takes any where from 2 weeks to 1 month to rehydrate your body. So start drinking your water.
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