Our bodies are approximately 75% water; there is water in our lean muscle tissue, blood, body fat, and bone both inside and outside of cells. We can only survive for eight to ten days without water ranking it one of the top nutrients our bodies need. And, since our bodies cannot create water like they can with cholesterol and some fats, it is considered an essential nutrient. Water circulates through our blood and lymphatic tissue transporting oxygen and other nutrients to cells and assists with removing toxins out of our bodies.
Every day we are utilizing and losing water through our breath, sweat, and urine. If we are sick we lose even more water through vomit and diarrhea. There are different levels of dehydration and it can be very serious if vomiting or diarrhea persists. Mild dehydration is common and often undetected because no immediate serious effects can be observed; however long term mild dehydration can lead to early aging and a compromised healthy body. Think of it like engine oil – when you run out of oil you have a very unhappy non-functioning vehicle. Automobiles use oil every time you drive them and over time the oil is used up and will dry out if not replaced. Clean oil at appropriate levels helps the car function longer and more effectively; water is our body’s ‘oil’.
Since staying hydrated is so vital to our health and survival, how do you know if you are dehydrated? Here are 5 top signs to look out for, if any of these sound like you it’s time to grab a glass of H20.
1. Thirst: if you are thirsty then chances are your body is already mildly dehydrated.
2. Dark colored urine: this is a great visual sign from our bodies! If your urine is dark yellow and you haven’t been taking B vitamins your body may be in need of water. Dark yellow urine means more concentrated waste because the body needs to hold onto as much water as it can. Urine should be light yellow to clear.
3. Dry skin: if we do not have enough water in our bodies our skin will dry out leading to early aging and wrinkles. If you are unsure about your skin, talk to your massage therapist, they will help you to determine if your skin is in need of rehydration.
4. Dry mouth: just like our skin our mouths can get parched, think ‘cotton mouth’. This is a sign that a glass of water is just what the body ordered.
5. Fatigue: this is symptom is not limited to dehydration but it is a significant factor. Without water our adrenals and brains do not have the resources to function adequately leaving us feeling tired and lethargic.
It is better to keep our bodies fluid and supple then to wait until we are dried out. Now that you know what to look for if you are mildly dehydrated what can you do to stay hydrated?
1. Drink water daily. Each person is going to be different in the amount of water to drink but a good average is half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 140 pounds then 70 ounces (a little over 2 liters) is about right for you. Carrying a water bottle with you is a great way to ensure water consumption throughout the day.
2. Replenishing water. If you drink alcohol, caffeine, or sugary drinks it is recommended to drink more water since these tend to have a dehydrating effect on the body.
3. Drinking water throughout the day. It is better to sip on water throughout the day then to drink it all at once. This helps the body to absorb the water and decreases the amount of toilet stops.
4. ReHydration Homeopathic. Adding 15 drops of ReHydration to a liter of water daily helps the body to absorb and utilize the water we drink. This is especially important if there has been chronic mild dehydration because over time our cells will dry out like a desert floor making it difficult to take in the needed water. ReHydration helps ‘dry’ cells soak up the water. Added benefit is softer supple skin and moist lips.
5. Coconut Water. The nutritional components of coconut water are similar to blood plasma which makes it great as a daily addition to water consumption and helps to replenish lost minerals and electrolytes which occurs through excretion.
6. Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera contains significant amounts of hydrogen and Ormus concentrates that have been known to increase hydration of our skin cells. As well, the DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) and MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) content in aloe are effective at hydrating and dissolving nanobacteria that cause hardening in dehydrated tissue.
Keeping our bodies hydrated is one of the simplest most effective ways to be proactive about our health. If you are unsure about your level of hydration talk to your practitioner about symptoms you are experiencing and together you can create a program that fits your specific needs and lifestyle.