Dehydration

By: Patricia Lapena, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Hydration is an extremely important part of your vital health.  Our bodies are made of at least 70% water, more in some parts than others.  The brain and blood can be up to 85% water.  When the body is properly hydrated, your red blood cells are more mobile which means they can transport and deliver all the oxygen and nutrients efficiently.  As well, hydrated cells are more alkaline which can help to ward off the disease process.

Dehydrated blood cells will clump together making it difficult for their movement and delivery system.  As well, when cells are not functioning properly, they cannot properly eliminate toxins and waste products from the body, which can contribute to a disease process.  Loss of water in all tissues continues and is probably involved in many of the physical alterations associated with aging.

Drinking water is not the only thing that you can do to ensure your hydration.  Fruits and vegetables have a large water content and you can begin to juice your produce as well as eat them for added hydration.  Cutting out or at least down the caffeine, soft drink and alcohol intake can give you a huge advantage too.

Some signs of dehydration are: headaches, dry skin, dark coloured urine, dry mouth, loss of appetite, fatigue or weakness and thirst.

Doctors almost never write a prescription for water and yet look what all it can treat: allergies, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, colitis, lower back pain, neck pain, and on and on.

Dehydration prevention is the best treatment for every age group.

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