Chapter 4

Proper Hydration

The human body is primarily made up of water (approximately 75 percent) . 

Water is essential in eliminating wastes, absorbing nutrients, for cellular activity, organ function, and all of the other actions necessary for life. Without sufficient amounts of water, our bodies would be unable eliminate the environmental toxins that we are continuously exposed to. Drinking enough water is essential for preventing disease and experiencing a sense of well-being. The skin, stomach, liver, kidney, heart, and brain rely on the proper intake of water .

Heart disease, obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, headaches, high blood pressure, cancer, Alzheimer`s, and many other diseases are often preceded by many years of not consuming enough water. 

Many illnesses could be significantly improved by simply providing the body with the sufficient amount of water, to eliminate toxins & wastes. When dehydrated, the body becomes seriously stressed, just as it would be if it were in a drought. This creates a fight or flight scenario, meaning that stress chemicals are released to deal with the problematic situation. When these chemicals are continually released (over a long period of time) the onset of chronic diseases are inevitable.

Approximately 2 liters of water are needed per day, for one to be properly hydrated. 

When alcohol, caffeine, or carbonated drinks are consumed, as well as exposure to unnatural food, drugs, cigarettes, environmental toxins, and emotional stress, more water is required to maintain or achieve a homeostasis (perfect balance).

The beginning signs of dehydration are performance degradation, a dry sticky mouth, headaches, lethargy, tiredness, dizziness, light-headedness, thirst, decreased urine production, dark urine color and muscle weakness. 

The symptoms of severe dehydration are extreme thirst, very little urine production, irritability, confusion, very dark urine (brown), decreased skin turgor (elastic ability), sunken eyes, very little to no sweating, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, fever, delirium, and possible unconsciousness.

Benefits of Drinking Water

Pure water carries out many important functions in the body. It clears toxins from your system, reduces your appetite, regulates sodium levels, increases your metabolism, and assists in maintaining muscle tone.

If one does not drink enough water, ones kidneys cannot flush out impurities, which in turn, impacts other organs such as the liver (which is responsible for metabolizing fats).

Another challenge brought on by dehydration is fatigue.

 Drinking water will help to energize you and keep you active.

 

The Benefits of Proper Hydration:

 

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