Dehydration and Death
The link between dehydration and death is well known. On average if water is withheld from a person, you can expect to die within 3 days although there are people who have been known to have survived 10 – 12 days without water. My guess is that those people were more hydrated before the withdrawal began.
But what about you – are you dehydrated?
What is less well-known is how average people like you and me are dehydrated and how we have lost touch with our internal thirst messages. We mistake messages of thirst for hunger and reach for another sugary snack when our brains, hearts and digestive systems are crying out for water.
Soda Pops and Coffee are dehydrating….
Many people are addicted to soda pops and other caffeinated drinks that create dehydration rather than hydration.
Did you know that a cup of coffee can cause the body to lose up to three cups of water? Caffeine is a stimulant that has an effect on the cardiovascular system, increasing heart rate and blood pressure. This causes the renal system to have a higher volume of blood to filter resulting in a higher waste output. This is why you may have noticed that coffee will cause you to urinate more – it is a diuretic.
How much water to drink?
Our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water and every system depends on water to function.
The Institute of Medicine recommends that men drink 3 liters of water per day and that women drink 2.2 liters of water per day. The level of chronic diseases being suffered by people in America, and other Western nations would be exponentially less if people follow these guidelines.
My experience is that the average person doesn’t even drink 1/3 of this volume. Also foods high in sugar, fat, caffeine and chemical additives are extremely dehydrating. Almost all the people who have consulted me over the past decade have been dehydrated and it is a much bigger problem than most people realize.
I am sure you know you are not drinking enough water, so today is the day to change that.
What kind of water should you be drinking?
Let’s get this straight, just get drinking water, worry about the specific qualities of water as a secondary consideration. I am very keen to educate you on the different types of water and what is best for our cells but I am pragmatic – when you are not drinking enough, simple tap water is better than no water.
The points that stood out for me in this book is the connection between dehydration and stress, inflammation, allergies, hypertension, blood cholesterol and excess body weight.
The damage dehydration causes…..
When cells don’t get enough water, they become damaged and this damage lays down the foundation for many chronic conditions that only manifest themselves after years of drought. Our bodies are self-surviving mechanisms and the body will hold onto water if it is in a state of dehydration. The walls of the cells have become thickened with cholesterol in order to hold onto fluid. This is the connection between cholesterol and hypertension and dehydration. When cell walls are thick, the nutrients don’t get through easily creating a further issue of malnutrition.
When I work with a person who is overweight I start with the point that we are dealing with malnutrition and dehydration. A biofeedback assessment will determine just how stagnant a person has become. My mission is to get them back to “free flow” where all the organs, tissues and cells are flowing in the way that they were designed to flow. In doing this, all their health challenges including the weight issue will be resolved. By resolving dehydration, many emotional issues are resolved too because as the cells start to work more efficiently and the body can detox, it is ridding the body of the negative emotions stored in cell memory. The place to start when desiring to lose weight is firstly identify the fluid intake levels and then work out an eating program.
What benefits can you expect to gain by increasing your water consumption?
A Your skin will improve – water improves the elasticity of your skin. So before you spend thousands at the cosmetic surgeon or you pile on oodles of expensive skin creams, increase your water consumption.
B Your digestive system will improve dramatically. One of the key reasons for constipation is dehydration. Water carries enzymes so your food will be absorbed better when you drink sufficient water.
C You can expect to experience better sleep, greater mental clarity and greater energy.
D Your weight will stabalize
E Your taste buds will alter and you will seek out more hydrating foods as you taste for water increases.
This is the basis of the weight loss program that I am currently designing. It is a program designed to get the body flowing as it was designed to do; anyone would benefit from the program whether they consider themselves overweight or not. Each of us has a desired weight that our bodies will hold when in balance.
So, let’s get drinking more water – starting today!
I am offering a Free 15 minute Consult to discuss your specific questions regarding this subject. Call me on 425.999.0201 and I will gladly guide you on your optimal health journey!
Most people’s body’s are crying out for water and an incredible book was written some time ago that is a classic called Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”by the late Dr Batmanghelidj.
May your Healthy Cells Lead You to Freedom! Next time I will share with you an even more important message – getting the water to cross the cell wall, enter your cells and improve cell-to-cell communication.
Are you drinking enough water?