Not drinking enough water can cause fatal malfunctions in the body. Dehydration can lead to weakness, dizziness, sluggishness, headaches, fainting, weak digestion or other problems.
In this post, you are going to learn the essential functions of water and the Dehydration Treatment Plan. You also get informed about the contamination of our water supplies. And how to protect yourself from these harmful chemicals.
Why Drinking Water Is Essential For Good Health
Drinking enough is important in keeping your body healthy. Your body consists of about 70% water which is part of many body fluids. The functions of these fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, and saliva.
Water is essential for the transportation of nutrients and the maintenance of body temperature. Healthy digestion makes minerals and nutrients more accessible to the body.
Furthermore, water is crucial in digesting food and maintaining a regular bowel movement.
Proper hydration keeps things flowing in your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation.
Now that we clarified that, what happens if you don’t drink enough water?
The Most Common Health Problem If You Don’t Drink Enough Water
Dehydration makes your colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration and create illness.
Water transport waste products in and out of cells. Blood urea nitrogen is the primary toxin in the body. It's a water-soluble waste that passes through the kidneys and in the urine.
Your kidneys remove toxins from your body as long as you drink enough. When you get enough water, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. The color and smell of the urine increase when the kidneys trap extra fluid.
If you drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates.
Common Symptoms of Dehydration
- Sleepiness or tiredness
- Decreased urine ouput
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dry Mouth
- Dry skin
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid breathing
To know if dehydration causes your health problems you need to know how to test for it.
How to Use The Urine Color Test to Know If You're Dehydrated
A good way to know if you have drunk enough water is to look at the color of your urine. Drink more water if the urine is dark yellow. If it looks like water, then you have drunk too much.
You can download a Urine Color Chart here to compare your urine.
If you came positive on the test then you need to know the most common pitfalls you need address to fix this problem.
The Most Common Reasons Why You Become Dehydrated
Many people today suffer from dehydration, even if we have a good supply of water. Dehydration happens because of the habits humans have today.
There are many reasons you can get dehydrated, one of them is stress. When you’re under stress, your adrenal glands pump out stress hormones. If you’re under pressure or worry, your adrenals become exhausted, causing an adrenal insufficiency.
Under emotional stress, your adrenals also produce the hormone aldosterone. It regulates your body’s levels of fluid and electrolytes. Adrenal fatigue affects the body’s production of aldosterone, causing dehydration and low electrolyte levels.
Many people don’t drink enough water. They drink less than six glasses of water per day.
Most of the drinks that you believe hydrate you can dehydrate you. Do you drink any of these beverages?
Everyday Drinks That Cause Dehydration
Drinking sodas, coffee, caffeinated tea, alcohol, including beer hurt the body. The boost in energy you feel when you drink coffee is not the effect of coffee. Rather, it's a fight and flight response after detoxing the caffeine.
Caffeine can trigger stress responses that have strong diuretic effects.
Some people drink sodas instead of water. Sodas have a massive amount of sugar and awful chemicals. One can of soda contains ten teaspoons of sugar.
Sugar raises the blood sugar and causes an insulin reaction. Soda contains phosphoric acid, which interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis.
Ditching regular sodas for diet sodas doesn’t protect you from harm. Diet sodas incorporate aspartame instead of sugar and can be more harmful.
The Catastrophic Effects of Sugar and Sweeteners In Sodas
Aspartame is behind almost hundred different health problems. Some of these include seizures, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, diabetes, and emotional disorders.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is another sweetener made from corn starch, common in sodas. It's not better than sugar and is often genetically modified. Soft drinks do not contain any nutritional value, is acidic, bad for the teeth and can cause cavities.
Several videos on Youtube show people using Coca-Cola as a rust remover. Just go to Youtube and search for “coca cola rust removal” and watch it. Is that what you want to put in your body?
Sodas are not the only devastating thing you can drink. Alcohol can have even more serious side effects.
Alcohol Causes Severe Dehydration and Liver Damage
Drinking alcohol has a detrimental effect on your body. When you drink alcohol, your liver needs to work in overdrive to get rid of the toxins. The liver can become inflamed, causing alcoholic hepatitis. Liver failure and death usually follow.
Excessive alcohol can forever scar and damage the liver. Resulting in liver cirrhosis and the risk of liver cancer. Long term drinking result in brain damage, mental health problems, and dependence on alcohol.
Alcohol is a diuretic which makes you got to the toilet more. A headache you get after a hangover is a sign that you’re dehydrated.
Exercise is an another common problem in getting dehydrated.
The Importance of Water During Exercise or Hot Weather
Water is also used to cool down your body during warm days or excessive training. The average person has 2.6 million sweat glands in their skin.
Sweat glands are all over the body except for the lips, nipples, and external genital organs. Sweating is your body's major way of getting rid of excess body heat.
The amount of sweat produced depends on your state of emotion and physical activity. Sweat itself has no odor. Bacteria produce an unpleasant odor after they metabolize proteins and fatty acids.
When the water in the sweat evaporates, it leaves behind sodium, chloride, and potassium. That's why your skin tastes salty. Losing excessive amounts of salt and water from your body can dehydrate you fast. That lead to kidney failure, heat stroke, and circulatory problems.
What you eat can also create dehydration. Are you eating or using anything I talk about below? Then you can be on your way to severe dehydration.
Food and Substances That Create Dehydration
Stimulating foods like meat, hot spices, chocolate and sugar can dehydrate your body. Tobacco, narcotic drugs, and artificial sweeteners do that too. Eating these things have a blood-thickening effect on your body and forces it to give up water.
Your cells begin to hold onto the water by increasing the thickness of their membranes. They do that to avoid destruction. This action preserves water and saves the cell's life. But it also reduces its ability absorb more water.
Unabsorbed water and nutrients accumulate in the connective tissues surrounding the cells. Causing water retention in the legs, kidneys, face, eyes, arms, and others parts.
Prescription drugs can cause dehydration too. Certain drugs increase urine output. Blood pressure medicine causes dehydration.
Drugs only suppress the symptoms of the body and do not fix the underlying problem. They're a poor substitute in improving the health of the body.
Vegetables and fruits contain tons of water. Eat fruits and vegetables that have high liquid content. Such as watermelon, cucumbers, and oranges.
Avoid drinking water when you eat, as the water dilutes the enzymes used to digest the food. Sipping water with your meal is like putting more water in your cooking. The more water you add, the more bland the food taste.
Eating more vegetables and avoiding the most common pitfalls is great. But there is still something you need to now. I’m talking about the toxicity in our water supplies.
If you ignore what I’m going to tell you now, then you will be up for a bad surprise.
The Toxic Chemicals in The Tap Water That Destroys Your Health
The water that we drink today is not as good as our ancestors drank. As people moved to the cities, we had to share the same water with millions of other people. To solve this problem they started to clean the water in wastewater treatment plants.
New pollution gives wastewater treatment systems new challenges. Heavy metals, chemical compounds, and toxic substances, are harder to remove from water. No wastewater treatment plants are perfect.
Sweden says that they have superb water, but even they can't remove every chemical. When I used my water filtration system in Stockholm for the first time, the filters were white.
After a couple of months, they turned black. I have had a black coating in my water bottle several times.
But these chemicals are nothing compared to fluoride. If you drink fluoride, you can increase your risk of cancer.
Fluoride In The Drinking Water Can Lead to Cancer
Many water supplies in America apply fluoride to the water. More people drink fluoridated water in the US alone than in the rest of the world combined.
97 percent of the population in western Europe drinks non-fluoridated water.
According to mercola.com:
There have been over 34 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage, including lower IQ in children, and studies have shown that fluoride toxicity can lead to a wide variety of health problems…
Some of these health problems are arthritis, bone cancer, increased tumor and cancer rate. Other problems include dementia, muscle disorders, bone fractures and other problems.
Okay here is some more bad news.
Chlorine In Water Raises The Cancer Risk With 93%
Many countries put chlorine in the water supply.
According to the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality:
Cancer risks among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.
Adding chlorine to the water is to kill harmful microorganisms that cause diseases. Such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and giardiasis.
The use of chlorine is not because of its safety or efficiency, but because it’s the cheapest. By-products of chlorine are the most toxic. They are mutagenic or carcinogenic(causing cancer).
Chloride can cause heart attacks, problems with the immune system, cancer, and skin rashes. Headaches, gastrointestinal difficulties, and arthritis are other common problems.
Chlorine exposure can come from many different sources and not just from your sink. You can get exposure from the shower. Or everyday house routines like laundries, rinsing vegetables or doing the dishes.
Chlorine is not the only problem you need to worry about. Pipes can become rusty and leak into the water. Let me share a personal story to illustrate this.
Rusty Water Pipes Can Cause Stomach Problems
Water pipes become old and rusty after some time.
Everything time I drink water from old water pipes, I always get problems with my stomach. I still remember when I was at my grandparents' house. They had horrible water.
One time I didn’t have a bowel movement in seven days! The water was yellow and full of iron, and the analyze showed that it wasn’t useful for sustaining life. It smelled terrible, and the toilet was completely dark.
I still cringe when I think about when I had to shower in this smelly water. Luckily we could take water from a spring nearby.
If you don’t want to swallow all these toxic chemicals that I mentioned at this point, then please do this.
How to Protect Yourself From Harmful Chemicals In The Water
One of the best ways you can invest in your health is to buy a water purification system. A good brand is Berkey, which gets great reviews on Amazon.
Be aware that many bottles from the store are just regular tap water. Only buy them if you know that they come from good sources, or you don't have a filtration when you travel.
The best way to have safe drinking water is to filter your water. If your water has fluoride, then you can buy an extra filter for your Berkey.
Drink your water from a bottle made of stainless steel or glass. Avoid using plastic bottles as they can contain toxic BPA. Use only stainless steel bottles if you use one in metal, as bottles made of aluminum can leak into the water.
Water is essential for digestion, absorption, circulation, and saliva. A shortage of water can lead to several diseases.
Common reasons for dehydration include stress, exercise, drinking soda and other drinks. Even meat, hot spices, chocolate, and sugar, narcotic drugs, have this adverse effect.
Regular tap water contains many toxins. The worst ones are fluoride and chlorine.
Please follow the dehydration treatment plan below to solve your water deficiency.
The 9 Step Dehydration Treatment Plan
1. Buy a water bottle made of glass or stainless steel
2. Invest in a water filtration system
3. Do the urine color test, download a chart here
4. Drink 6-8 cups of water every day from your stainless steel or glass water bottle
5. Don’t drink water during your meal
6. Eat fruits and vegetables high in water content
7. Avoid meat, processed food or drugs
8. Abstain from drinking soda, coffee, black tea, and alcohol
9. Drink more during hot weather or exercise
Right now, remove any plastic bottles. Replace them with water bottles made of glass or stainless steel.
Invest in a Berkey or other water purification systems.
Cheap alternatives like Britta doesn’t clean the water as good. Better to invest in a more expensive filtration system.
With the Berkey, your can filter about 6000 gallons of water before you have to change the black filters.
During the day take several sips of water especially when you’re thirsty. Drink this instead of coffee, alcohol, sodas or black tea.
Don’t forget to drink more water when your exercise or the weather is hot.
Do the urine color test. If you see that your urine is dark yellow then increase the amount of water you drink each day.
If you do the urine test, and you see that you drink too much then lessen the amount of water you drink per day.
Download the a free dehydration guide here to incorporate what you learned today.
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