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Stay Healthy. Stay Hydrated!

Posted on November 22, 2008. Filed under: Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The human body is composed of 75% water and 25% solid matter. To provide nourishment, eliminate waste and conduct all the trillions of activities in the body, we need water (not sodas, coffee, tea, wine beer, sports drinks or juices). Alternative liquid choices often lead to dehydration because of their caffeine, alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners or other chemical ingredients. Beverages containing caffeine, for example, trigger stress responses that at first have strong diuretic effects, leading to increased urination. Beverages with added sugar drastically raise blood sugar levels. Any beverage that provokes such a response coerces the body to give up large quantities of water. Regular consumption of such beverages results in chronic dehydration, which plays a part in the body’s effort to rid itself of accumulated toxins.Many people are actually suffering from “thirst disease,” a progressive condition of dehydration because they do not drink water but, instead, drink liquids that promote dehydration. The body becomes unable to remove toxins due to insufficient water reserves and the body is faced with the consequences of their destructive effects. A “diagnosed” illness might be the body’s desperate cry for water. What doctors generally refer to as disease many time is largely an advanced condition of dehydration, and the resulting inability of the body to rid itself of waste materials and toxins.

  Normally, the water ratio inside cells is higher than the one found in the cell environment. Under conditions of dehydration, the cells may lose up to 28 percent or more of their water volume. This imbalance undermines all cellular activities, whether the cells in question are those of the skin, stomach, liver, kidney, heart or brain. Whenever there is cellular dehydration, metabolic waste products are not removed properly. This causes symptoms that resemble disease but could actually be indicators of disturbed water metabolism.

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR DAILY WATER CONSUMPTION NEED:  An easy way to figure out how much water to drink daily is to take your weight in pounds (lbs.) and divide it by 2. The answer is how many ounces (ozs.) of water you should drink per day. For instance, for a woman weighing 160 lbs. and dividing her weight by 2 = 80 ozs. of water intake per day. 80 ozs. is the equivalent of 10 cups (one cup = 8 ozs.)

Stay healthy. Stay hydrated!

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