Are we dying of thirst?

Are we dying of thirst?

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.

Water = health

Going through the detail above, lets look at a few obvious signs of dehydration which are the following:

DRY MOUTH

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.

SORE JOINTS

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.

DRY EYES

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.

STAYING SICK?

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!

DRY SKIN

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.

CONSTIPATED

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.

CONSISTENTLY TIRED?

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!

Debunking diet myths, the sizzling 7!

Debunking diet myths, the sizzling 7!

Besides the laughable truths we live.

Every day of coaching better health, brings about new astounding reasons for lack of success in any diet arena. The diet myths which have reached my ears, causes a number of reactions from within me – depending on my relationship with the storyteller, they may see these reactions, firstly I hit the floor rolling with laughter, secondly my mouth gaps, thirdly I get a blank stare in my eyes, absolute disbelief…. and finally and sadly so, I see myself reflected in them and I feel a sense of personal sadness for I too have used these ‘truths’ to escape my own diet failure…

There are 7 sizzling diet myths which I will be mentioning briefly as I do dissect it in detail later and so too cover it in my MMM course, but let’s start with a few minor hiccups and have a quick chat around these beauts.

Firstly, I hear people explaining ‘getting fat’ away purely by stating they have a BIG BONE STRUCTURE.… my shattered nerves, the majority of people are within average bone size and generally when you reside on the short size of life, your bones are smaller based on a scaled down body ratio, yes, bones CAN have a greater density which can make a difference in weight, but big bones are the least of our problems….

Then another one which brings tears to my eyes, “I have a genetical disposition to be fat” now yes, search long enough and you will find such a study that confirms that your fat genes are primary… there are rat families that are prone to being fat. But, and a big butt at that, three quarters of this population do not suffer from this gene defect but rather the defect of lifting a fork full to their mouths once too often whilst binge watching Game of Thrones.

And finally, my all time favorite, “Diets just don’t work for me!” And after my belly laugh has ended I ask politely “So, how is being fat WORKING OUT FOR YOU?“. Let me explain, we are all on diet 24/7, diet is the foodstuffs we eat on a daily basis whether it be a Mediterranean diet or a fast food diet, the only difference being; one might kill you while the other may save you. So, if diets don’t work you most likely will need intravenous feeding tubes to assist. If your diet ain’t working most likely it is you are not working your diet.

Question Always
Debunking diet myths

7 Sizzlers – Diet Myths

  1. Limit your range of foods and you will lose weight – what you do lose is bone, muscle, tissue, maybe some poop and a lot of water… your body needs balance in all vitamins and minerals, fats proteins AND Carbohydrates. Leave things out and trust me, the minute you put them back in your body your system CELEBRATES and packs it neatly away on your hips for a rainy day.
  2. All carbohydrates are bad – laughable is all I can say, you NEED carbs in your body, it is what helps cell structures remain in place. Now yes, certain carbs are your enemies for sure and to ensure your blood sugar stays regulated it is wise to keep them out as best possible but putting in the right carbs are totally beneficial to better health.
  3. Eat low fat or fat free – sure, why don’t you stay hungry??? And by supper time your 1000 Cal day turns into 3000 Cal due to starvation.
  4. Exercise to eat what you want – now here I may get massive push back, but this one I state based on my experience with over 800 dieters, you can NEVER outrun your fork. It may not show on your waist but your health including your heart muscle, will be compromised by poor eating standards.
  5. Some sugars are worse than others – all sugars are equal, when we try deciding which is better or worse we end up right were we started with lines being blurred. (Now yes, nature’s bitter sugars are really important in our bodies and I exclude them here). Yes, there is honey – my absolute favorite, a beautiful gift from nature, whereas high fructose corn syrup HFCS, is her evil twin for sure, but sugar when you are trying to rid your body of fat is sugar nonetheless – adding it to your diet shuts down fat burning for energy IMMEDIATELY.
  6. Drinking water before meals assists in fat loss – now this is an interesting one. Ever had a half a liter of water before a meal to help eat less (as that is the reasoning)? Can you recall the gut ache and discomfort? Let me share something, someone with a weight issue will plow through their plate regardless of half a liter of water prior to supper, unless they are coached in mindfulness water ain’t gonna do diddly squat. In fact that water is going to weaken your digestive juices and cause poor digestion and LESS nutrition from getting to the organs that require the vitamins and minerals. Water intake should be steady through the day.
  7. LAST BUT BY NO MEANS LEAST… It just takes willpower and discipline – bullsh*t. When large food conglomerates produce pseudo processed foods based on its addictability rating in salt sweet and fat combinations, do you honestly think that being fed this junk from the formulas we grew up on till the fast food fix of today that willpower has ANYTHING to do with it???

Ahhhh, diet myths, this is truly one of my favorite conversations and an area where I experience ample cognitive dissonance when I take it on with blaming and complaining clients who only receive my support in an explanation that their truth may not be THE TRUTH. I deal with it gently yet firmly, as the myths are truly a ditch of excuses, a safety blanket, a journey to failure, which is not my idea of the end destination for any of my clients.

EXTRA BONUS: Open your mind and take a sneak peak at this interesting documentary – ‘FED UP’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y647tNm8nTI&t=3s

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