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Hydration


70% of North Americans are chronically dehydrated. Improper hydration decreases daily productivity and wellbeing and robs you of true health.

As we get older, our skin gets more wrinkled. This is called the grape to raisin or plum to prune phenomenon. To counteract this phenomenon and keep ourselves functioning well,  our brain and tissues must be well-hydrated; otherwise what happens is performance diminishes, similar to a car radiator that doesn’t have enough water. It will overheat, lack performance and the engine will lock up and seize. Likewise, dehydration affects the body adversely and increases heart attacks, strokes, headaches and bodily aches and pains. It can also increase symptoms of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition that commonly affects the ligaments and muscles. It can make a person generally unhappy with his or her body. Furthermore, you open the door to bacteria and viruses when you are dehydrated.

We are born about 78% water.  As we get older and gain more body fat, our hydration levels drop. As we become a heavier society, dehydration becomes even more critical, because lean body mass equals higher hydration. When a person is heavier, it is more challenging to maintain body weight.

Here are simple ways to maintain proper hydration and overall health:

  1. Drink about 64-72 ounces of pure, chemical free water every day while also drinking something to mineralize yourself. You also need minerals to help deliver water and soluble vitamins. Take note however that when your mineralization increases, your urination increases, thus causing you to lose more B vitamins. These B vitamins need to be replaced.
  2. Test your skin terger. Hydration means water at the cellular level. When you pull your skin up, it should immediately bounce back, showing immediate resilience. If it goes down slow, it’s not a good sign. Skin hydration is just as important as hydrating your other organs.
  3. Take a good multivitamin.  Vitamins are water soluble. Vitamin B and D are important components.
  4. Supplement with amino acids that support the brain like Acetyl-L-Carnitine. You can also take alpha lipoic acid that protects the nervous system. Tyrosine is another amino acid that is critical for both adrenaline and your brain.
  5. Have some magnesium. It’s a natural muscle relaxant. It helps with your blood pressure and bowel movements. You want to have 2-3 bowel movements a day. If you’re constipated, the moisture gets reabsorbed. You’re reabsorbing your toxins and your poisons.
  6. Include potassium in your daily minerals. It’s critical for heart and nervous system function, the processing of carbohydrates and for nerve impulses around your body. If you feel muscle weakness, you might not have enough potassium. Talk to your doctor.
  7. Drink more water in cold and flu season. You can prevent yourself from getting more sick at this critical time and mitigate your symptoms.
  8. Be aware of any symptoms you may be suffering from dehydration.

 

Here are some symptoms that occur when one lacks proper hydration:

  • Constipation
  • Headaches
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Bodily aches and pains
  • Joint pain (lack of moisture causes more friction between bones and less natural shock absorption)
  • Skin problems
  • General discomfort
  • Lack of clarity
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Feeling hot or sweaty
  • Dry membranes, nose, mouth and lungs
  • Cracked, chapped or chafed skin
  • Concentration problems/attention issues

Conditions such as delirium, dementia and irritability can also be mitigated by proper hydration. This is why you must drink more water! Enjoy it! It is a free gift that will uplift your health once consumed in adequate daily amounts.

If you want a healthy mind and healthy tissues, look at your hydration. You have to look at replacing the vitamins and minerals that you’re losing, make sure you consume 64-72 ounces of water day and get your bowels moving 2-3 times a day. Work on your lean body mass by exercising and eating healthy.

You will notice the difference in your health if you practice these simple tips. Enjoy the wellness and vitality that you gain from doing simple things and being more proactive about your health.

 

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