Dehydration!

For the next few days, I would like to elaborate on some of the important ideas that I took away from the health course I went to yesterday. As a refresher, we went to a course lecture by Kary Odiatu and Dr. Uche. They are amazing and have a load of great information.

The topic I would like to focus on today is dehydration. We can only live for 7 days without water. Water makes up more than 1/2 of  our body weight. Our bodies desperately need water. The problem is that if we don’t get enough water running through our system, it will start to borrow the water from other parts of our bodies. Some of this topic may be gross, but I feel that it is important for you to read and find out how things work.

Dr. Uche stated that as a dentist, he sometimes needs to wear 2 masks at a time b/c the patient’s breath smells so bad. One cause of this is dehydration. When we are not getting enough water, our body rings out our fecal matter, grabs all the moisture from our fecal matter and re-distributes it throughout us to give all our organs the needed moisture. Therefore, it can come out in our breath. Disgusting! I know, but true. I think this is enough of a reason to start chugging those 8 glasses of water a day. I have tried looking up what Dr. Uche has just said and I did come across a lot of articles that discuss how the longer the waste takes to pass through, the more moisture is grabbed up from it and then circulated throughout.

No matter what, we know it is true that the longer waste sits in your body, the more toxic material is released. When you are hydrated you will pass stools easily, not have constipation and overall you will feel better.  Water is so important. Our blood is made of a lot of water. Water makes our urine, potty and perspiration. This is a great link that quickly sums up why water is so vital to how our system works.

It is best to sip on water throughout the day. If you wait until you are thirsty, you are already starting to get dehydrated. Some other more severe signs of dehydration are dizziness, vomiting & feeling very sluggish. While it is very important to get enough water, it is also important to not overdue drinking water. Too much water can be dangerous and put unneeded stress on your body. By forcing too much water in to our bodies in a short period of time can raise the volume of water in our blood causing our circulatory system to work too hard and can put undue stress on a our kidneys b/c they have to work too hard filtering out all the excess water.

In saying all of this–drink enough water to stay hydrated, but don’t drink too much–how much is enough? Well, it is hard to say. I think we should always try to get in  64 oz. of water throughout the whole day. The problem is that the amount of water you need all depends on your diet, exercise, additives, etc.

For instance, if you eat a lot of plant-based foods, you get water through them and don’t need to drink as much water. If you workout and sweat a lot, you will need more water. Salt and caffeine can also cause you to be dehydrated. So, you should sip water all day, drink when you first start to get thirsty and make sure the color of your urine is more clear. If your urine is more yellow that usually leans on the side of dehydration. There’s a lot of info here and some can be confusing. I am not a doctor and do not advise anyone of what to do and how much to drink, but I do feel that you need to stay hydrated all day. My best advice is to sip water from when you wake to when you go to bed, try to keep your urine color clear and don’t guzzle your water. If you are sipping throughout the day, you should stay hydrated and not be as thirsty. In turn, your body will thank you and feel much better.

Here’s a cheers to water. Get to drinking. Plus, a 6-8 oz glass of water before dinner helps to make you feel full. In turn–you eat less! Win-win!

 

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kristy
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 08:16:22

    Love this post!!! Have you ever read the book “You’re not sick, you’re thirsty”? It’s an amazing read! and talks a lot about what you are saying. I’ve also heard that you should start you day by drinking a glass of room temperature water. It’s like putting gas in a car. It gets all your organs working for the day. Cold water is too much of a shock to the body so it causes things to overwork. I’m trying to make this a daily habit! Thank you so much for posting. I’ll be sipping water all day!

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  2. Inspiring Life--Inspiring YOU!
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 10:25:37

    Oh, I’ll have to take a look at that book. Yes, room temp and if you add some lemon to the water on an empty stomack, first thing in the morning it helps a ton. It is amazing how water can make such a difference in our bodies. Thanks for your comments.
    Suzanne

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