Dehydration occurs when the body lacks sufficient water for the physical and chemical processes to take place correctly. This can be something as simple as working hard in the hot sun, not drinking enough water during the day, drinking soda pop, coffee or beer, and then acute dehydration sets in. Symptoms vary and include dry mouth, dizziness, dark urine, loss of coordination, hallucinations, unconsciousness and even death. All this just from short term dehydration!
Chronic dehydration symptoms are much more serious. Well really how can anything be more serious then death? How about a lifetime of avoidable suffering for the simple reason that you fail to drink the correct amount of water on a daily basis? Sure we often hear that you should drink 8 glasses of water daily, but who does? Or that when you exercise you should increase your water intake. But water consumption requirement is based upon body weight, humidity, caloric burning, diet and other factors. 8 glasses – but how many ounces of water is in each glass ?
Drinking coffee, beer or sodas does not count as water. In fact these products are diuretic, they cause the body to dump water. How often I have reached for a beer to quench my thirst when in reality I was destroying my health thru dehydration. Most prepared juices and other beverages do not count towards your daily water needs.
One of the first items checked in emergency room procedures is dehydration. Why? Because it is probably the number one cause of disease today. The first thing provided patients in emergency is intravenous electrolyte solution which is water with salt. Chronic dehydration can cause asthma and allergies. A recent web survey shows that the number one reason for emergency room visits in the USA was for asthma.
Lets look at the symptom list taken from various web searches for chronic dehydration:
3. Digestive Problems, Stomach Issues
4. Blood Pressure extremes
5. Respiratory problems: asthma, allergies
7. Obesity; diabetes
8. Kidney Issues: Eczema, low back pain, stones
9. Cholesterol increase
10. Bladder issues; infections
12. Premature aging
13. Anxiety, depression
How many of the above symptoms do you suffer from ? Maybe its just your bodies many cries for water that are bothering you and not all these made-up disease names offered by the illness industry.
How can you tell if you are dehydrated?
One of the first symptoms of dehydration is chronic fatigue. For every 1% of cellular dehydration, they loose 10% of their ability to produce energy. So if you are 4% dehydrated, you have 40% less energy available to function. Just 4%! is that worth repeating ?
The pinch test.
Squeeze the skin on the back of your hand, pull it away and let go. If the skin snaps back quickly you are ok, if it takes it time and slowly returns to its normal shape this is a clear sign that you are dehydrated.
How Much Water to Drink?
The correct amount of daily water intake is simple to calculate. Take your body weight in pounds, divide by 2 and that in ounces is the amount of water to drink daily. Modifications to this number are:
ADD Water for
add 20 oz of water for every cup of coffee
Add 20 oz of water for every beer, glass of wine or shot of booze
add 20 oz of water for every soda or canned or bottled beverage
In further writings I will discuss water quality, ionized and alkaline waters and salt requirements.