One of the easiest ways to help the body function optimally and remain
disease-free is to keep it well-hydrated. In drinking sufficient water
throughout each day, we assist our body’s ability to flush toxins and
metabolic waste. Most healthy adults need not worry about over-hydration.
Dehydrated cells are inefficient cells:
when the cell is dehydrated, its membrane becomes convoluted and the distance
across the membrane increases. Substances that must traverse the membrane of a
dehydrated cell are met with greater resistance. Oxygen and nutrients will not
enter as readily; metabolic waste cannot leave as easily. When the cell is not
functioning optimally, how can the body?
Research has shown chronic dehydration to be
the root cause of many diseases associated with aging (e.g. arthritis, G.I.
disorders, senile dementia). To complicate the situation, our "thirst
signals" decline as we become accustomed to being dehydrated and as we age.
Don’t count on coffee or sodas to achieve a daily hydration goal. Because of the
caffeine in coffee and most sodas, you need to consume at least the same amount
of water just to break even. Sugar content in sodas exerts great osmotic
pressure; water is lost from the blood to make the soda dilute enough to leave
Every breath we exhale is always 100% humid.
It does not matter what the relative humidity is that day; generally in
air-conditioned buildings , the air is about 10% humid. The difference comes
from our water reserves. Perspiration is not always noticed in dry climates
because it is whisked away before it can bead on your skin. Even though you may
not see it, be assured that you are certainly losing fluid reserves through
How do I maintain adequate hydration levels?
- Drink pure water whenever you
can; thirsty or not, drink a lot and drink often.
- Have a water bottle handy at
all times! Keep one on your desk at work and in your car.
- Don’t depend on fruit juice
- its high sugar content can dehydrate you just like soda!
Mixing equal parts juice and pure water will do the job better.
- Some people simply don’t like
plain water; this is a very good reason to use a quality sports
drink like Tough. Also try a mint-tea bag or squeezing a
wedge of lemon or lime into your water bottle.
- Make efforts to consume watery
fruits and vegetables: watermelon, kiwi fruit, tomato,
orange, etc. These can significantly improve your hydration
- After a single exercise session
(or a nights sleep, for that matter) any reduction in body
weight is attributable to water loss: 2 cups of water + one
How do I tell if I am sufficiently hydrated?
The 3 Cs: You will know you are sufficiently
hydrated when your urine is Clear, Colorless, and Copious! That is truly the
best (and easiest) way.
"If you don’t take care of your body, where
will you live?"
Hydration: Water is Cheap Insurance
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