Want to know what happens to your body when it’s dehydrated? You might not. It’s pretty sad, and it’ll compel you to look at your excuses for blaming other people, other events, other ‘things’ for why you’re not feeling well, or why you’re grumpy so much of the time.
Most people don’t realize they are chronically dehydrated, just like they don’t realize that they are chronically stressed. The early signs and symptoms are things that we consider “normal” discomforts…something that we take an over-the-counter med for. Those headaches, the poor night of sleep, the things you can’t remember, your attention span…these could all be symptoms of dehydration.
75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated!
Nearly every body function is dependent on water, which is why it accounts for nearly 70% of our weight. Each day we slowly shed water through our breath, our skin, urine, and bowel movements. Extra water loss occurs when we are fevered, carry inflammation, or sweat in the heat. Without replacing this water and keeping the wet coffers full, our body must “borrow” water from cells and distribute it accordingly.
Dehydration, even as little as 1%, can cause the blood to grow more concentrated. This is the beginning in a chain of events that trigger the symptoms mentioned above. When our blood grows thicker from lack of sufficient water, it stands to reason that your cardiovascular system must work harder. Hello, high blood pressure. Do you have difficulty losing weight? Dehydrated cells and concentrated blood signal the kidney’s to retain water…so you’re losing less and holding more….more toxins, more pressure, more fat, more stress, and whatever water your body can find to use for it’s primary functions.
The good news is that it’s relatively easy for most people to maintain healthy hydration levels through the foods they eat and by drinking water throughout the day.
“A man goes to his doctor because he’s been feeling very ill for days. The doctor gives him several sets of pills.
The doctor instructs; “Take the green pill with two big glasses of water when you get up. An hour later, take the white pill with another glass of water. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Mid afternoon, take the orange pill with plenty of water, and repeat that at dinner. Then, just before going to bed, take the red pill with several big glasses of water.”
The man is alarmed at huge volume of medicine he has been given to take, and nervously asks, “What’s the diagnosis? What’s wrong with me?”
The doctor says, “You’re dehydrated.”
Water absorption is enhanced through an electrolyte balance. Natural mineral waters like spring water and deep well waters are already full of minerals and have a good ph balance. If you’re drinking water from the tap or from filter systems, we recommend adding a small pinch of high quality sea salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. This will increase the body’s ability to utilize all of the water you’re drinking, and that’s a good thing.