Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Next to air, water is the element most necessary for survival.  A normal adult is 60 to 70 percent water.  We can go without food for almost two months, but without water only a few days.  Yet most people have no idea how much water they should drink.  In fact, many live in a dehydrated state.

The effects of even mild dehydration include decreased coordination, fatigue, dry skin, decreased urine output, dry mucous membranes in the mouth and nose, blood pressure changes and impairment of judgment. Stress, headache, back pain, allergies, asthma, high blood pressure and many degenerative health problems are the result of UCD (Unintentional Chronic Dehydration).

If you are thirsty, it means your cells are already dehydrated. A dry mouth should be regarded as the last outward sign of dehydration. That’s because thirst does not develop until body fluids are depleted well bellow levels required for optimal functioning.

Monitor your urine to make sure you are not dehydrated:
A hydrated body produces clear, colorless urine.
A somewhat dehydrated body produces yellow urine.
A severely dehydrated body produces orange or dark-colored urine.

Morning is when you are most full of toxin and dehydrated. Reach for a big glass of water first thing in the morning. This water in the morning really gets the blood flowing. While at work, keep a glass of water by your desk or on hand where you work. Keep a bottle or water on you at all times throughout the day. Make it a habit to have a glass of water before and during each of your meals. In addition to before and during, have some fluid with each of your meals. If you're not a big fan of water, try adding some lemon, lime, favorite sliced berries or cucumber to water to add refreshing calorie-free taste.

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