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H2O

posted by Estelle February 1, 2012 0 comments

Just wanted to do a little reminder about the importance of water in our bodies.

  • 70-75% of your body is water.  Without it you would be poisoned to death by your own waste products
  • 95% of the time, when you are foggy or unclear it is due to lack of water
  • Dehydration is the number one trigger for daytime fatigue, nausea, headaches, constipation
  • Thousands of Americans risk kidney damage, impaired liver function and urinary tract infection by not drinking enough water
  • Just a 5% drop in body water will cause a significant loss of energy

There is no substitute for water
Coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages contain water, but have a diuretic effect causing more water loss than what is contained in the beverage.

The Role of Water
As seen above in the picture, water is vital to our survival and takes on many roles. It functions as a transport system for elements, hormones, chemical messengers and nutrients in our body. Water is also used in chemical reactions such as Hydrolysis (breaking of bond using water). It’s used to maintain cell structure and also lowers viscosity enabling proteins and enzymes to function more efficiently.

Dehydration
Dehydration can be acute from intense exercise, or chronic, resulting from water losses over a period of time. Both types of dehydration are defined as a 1% or greater loss of body weight as as result of fluid loss. When the body is dehydrated, drought management systems take effect. Neurotransmitters such as Histamine become active and can redistribute the amount of water available in circulation or draw it away from other areas. Histamine is a neurotransmitter that regulates water intake and drought management. Its high production and release is proportional to water shortage especially in children! It also regulates thirst and tells your body to increase water intake. Chronic dehydration can cause histamine release to become very active. An increased release of this in the lungs causes spasms of the bronchioles, which are designed to conserve water that would normally evaporate during breathing. This excessive release of histamine can lead to certain disorders such as Allergies and Asthma.
Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Flush Skin
  • Heat Intolerance
  • Light Headed
  • Dark Colored Urine
  • Dry Mouth

Try and drink filtered water as much as you can.

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