Ever wondered what a lack of water does to your body besides feeling thirsty, how about angina (heart) pain, rheumatoid arthritis, lower back pain, leg ache, colitis pain, and migraines are ALL warning signals of dehydration… Are we dying of thirst?
My mind shudders if I think I spent the first 38 years of my life possibly living on a single glass of water a day if that! Most of my life I was in effect dehydrated… NOW my intake varies around 2.5 liters to 3 liters a day as much realization and appreciation of water grew over the years. Possibly my want to rid my body of the excess non watered fat drove me to accept my coaches’ demand to increase my water intake daily. THANK GOODNESS for that journey and that awareness created within me. I reached a point where if I didn’t have water close by I felt anxious. I became DEPENDENT on my intake and have been since then.
This led me to research the WHY behind the IMPORTANCE of water in our bodies and also made me aware of the fact that our pharmaceutical giants don’t agree that WATER is a saving grace pre ANY illness… I wonder why???!
Nerdy as I am, my investigation continued and I eventually focused in on the requirement of water in digestion realizing that as my water intake improved on a daily basis so did my weight loss… it has been shown that as water passes into the intestine it is absorbed immediately, and within a half an hour that an equivalent amount is pumped into your stomach to be used for food breakdown… yes digestion of food DEPENDS on water, and enough of it. With water, digestive enzymes and digestive acids allow food to be broken down for it to pass into the intestine for the next stage of digestion. Water provides the one and only natural guard against the relentless stomach acid produced in safeguarding the walls of your tummy. Now let’s take this one step further. Let’s say you are not the greatest water drinker, the acid ravages a war against your stomach walls and the route to pain relief… ANTACIDS added to that the milligrams of aluminum present in some antacids and the continual use of this to resolve the pain has been linked to brain damage in Alzheimer’s disease.
Should we be drinking water? For sure!!!
I have had clients share their concerns with constipation when taking on a regulated diet and my very first question to each of them is: “How much water are you ACTUALLY drinking a day?”, usually it is followed by a frown then a sheepish look of disdain as they realize they have not got even close to their required amount… a week later I ask how the blocked tunnel is behaving and they start grinning… most say that since they actually measured their water intake the use of the tunnel has been in perfect working order…
Your body has protective mechanisms in place, one being to ensure water is squuueeeeezed out of the excrement making it’s way down the intestine, after all, waste not, want not. In steps DEHYDRATION… without water, getting this mass of byproduct down the tunnel becomes a little, how do I say this? HARDER! Then lunchtimes food is on its way, again minus the required water, at this stage, there is sufficient pain in your lower left abdomen for you to cry CONSTIPATION!! In goes any medication to rectify the rectal anus situation with the associated chemical load for your body to deal with… all it takes is WATER! Drink that and wave laxatives goodbye…
I can go on to share the same type of stories regarding the lack of water, that is dehydration and how it has an impact on the emergence of hiatus hernia, rheumatoid arthritis, lower back pain, neck pain, angina pain, and headaches… the list goes on. I can keep listing the negative effect of dehydration and the importance of water over and over again, but many people will argue that no answer to health challenges can be this simple… well I would like to add that if water was taken efficiently throughout our lives our health and balance within our bodies would not be at risk as we age AND we would look younger than ever as even our skin needs every drop supplied! If it is that simple to keep yourself healthy in a world of fast food and preservatives, why not drink up? And I AM referring to water, pure water, not cool drinks or coffee and tea, ANYTHING that has an added element in it is NOT water.
If we understand the basics that our body requires water in every cell, organ, and tissue, it helps regulate temperature besides bodily functions. We lose water consistently through digesting, sweating, breathing and quietly through transportation of every vital element required to live. Besides air, water is right up there to support your ability to live.
How on earth can you determine if you have enough water in your body? One way is to pinch and hold the back of your skin for a couple of seconds, release it and if it falls back to normal, know that your hydration is good, if not, then pay attention to your water intake.
Going through the detail above, lets look at a few obvious signs of dehydration which are the following:
When water hits your mouth, mucous membranes in it and your throat light up and continue to keep your mouth moist for some time after. Without sufficient water in your body, your mouth is your first indicator.
If we understand that the cartilage and spinal discs are 80% water we will also understand that without water the bones end up grating against each other. With the right quantity of water in your body, your shocks would be in perfect working order, keep water in your body and joints will ease up.
Without water, our eyes end up bloodshot and dry due to tear ducts drying up. If you feel this, do drink that glass of water.
WANT FOR WATER
Ever felt that you more water than you can possibly get in? Maybe with a slight hangover on waking up? When alcohol dehydrates our body demands copious amounts of water, the brain sends the signals… The brains want for water may be that it is largely made up of it, listen to its instruction to ensure safeguarding it.
If you are struggling to shake off illness, or possibly find yourself consistently struggling with colds and flu’s, start upping your water intake. This allows for the continuous flushing of toxins. Water allows the organs responsible for filtering to do their work, if there is an absence of water your organs end up pulling water from your blood, this then is causative of other problems, other health challenges which can be avoided, drink up!
A lack of water leads to a lack of sweat and therefore your body’s ability to not get rid of impurities. Skin is your largest organ and it signals when there is not enough water in your body, if it is dry, it is a problem and sign of dehydration.
Simply and politely put, no water in the colon leads to no lubrication, leads to constipation… if there is no water the digestive process cannot take place, besides constipation, we start lacking the vitamins and minerals needed in our bodies.
LESS TOILET BREAKS REQUIRED?
Not needing to take those loo breaks may be a clear signal of dehydration, besides this, the color needs to be just right, a light yellow, if not, water needs to be your first go to. If you are prone to urinary tract infections, water needs to be your best friend forever. Increase your water intake and keep it at least at 2 liters a day.
When your body is lacking water, your blood gets hijacked of water resources, this leads to a lack of oxygen which basically ends in wanting to sleep and fatigue. Does that late afternoon crash start taking over the day? Then do drink up – water preferably.
WEIGHT LOSS STRUGGLE?
Is your body crying out for food? It may think it NEEDS food if it is not hydrated. Midnight snacking? This happens due to water demand first and foremost, not food, but our bodies interprets it in this way.
It is imperative to include water as part of your daily intake. If you struggle with water, decide to take it on as a new habit, start with a minimum of 8 glasses a day and slowly increase to at least 2.5 liters a day. Place a reminder on your phone, start making it a habit to have water consistently throughout the day and sooner than later you will find 2.5 liters easy. It is after all for your health and wellbeing!