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About Dehydration

October 19th, 2018

Dehydration…A Common Problem of Many Conditions

When the body’s cells do not receive enough water for metabolic processes, they are in a state of dehydration. The body gets dehydrated for various reasons including; stress, cooked foods, GMO foods, toxins in the environment, excess exercise, overeating, excess weight gain, frequent consumption of food or substances that are stimulating e.g. meat, chocolate, hot spices, very salty foods, artificial sweeteners, narcotic drugs, energy drinks, sodas, nicotine, and of course sugars. As well most pharmacological drugs, lack of movement, regular consumption of coffee, alcohol, black tea which have a dehydrating effect on the body. Decaffeinated coffee and tea are extremely acidic and are more harmful than regular coffee and tea, and of course lack of water intake cause dehydration.

All of the above factors force the cells to give up water and thicken the blood. Substances like coffee, sodas, tea, contain nerve toxin compounds and when taken in excess they are a toxic irritant and stimulate the adrenals to secrete stress hormones. Stress hormones are highly toxic compounds that alter the blood chemistry, and cause damage to the nervous and immune system.

Through this weakening, the body becomes increasingly susceptible to other ailments. A weakened and suppressed immune system cannot detox the body of the nerve toxins. The body has to produce 2-3 cups of water just to remove stimulants, which is a luxury the body cannot afford. Stimulants have very strong dehydrating effect on digestive secretion, bile and blood. Therefore on should take care to have enough water intake. One should drink half their bodyweight in ounces of water per day.

Dehydration always accompanies chronic diseases and many diseases are caused by it. Bacteria and viruses cannot thrive in well hydrated body. A steady sufficient supply of water is vital to our brain in order to maintain all its complex and efficient processes, it requires more water than any other part of our body, consisting of 85% water.

Some facts:

  • 75% of people are chronically dehydrated.
  • A 2% drop in water can trigger short term memory trouble with basic math etc.
  • Slight dehydration will slow metabolism by 3%.
  • In 37% of people the thirst mechanism is mistaken for hunger.
  • Not drinking enough water is the number one cause of daytime fatigue.
  • Research shows, that drinking 8-10 glasses of water, could significantly ease joint and back pain for up to 80% of suffers.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by 79% and bladder cancer by 50%.

So drink up and stay well hydrated to keep yourself well oiled and running steady.

To your good health

Silvia Engels C.T.

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