“How much water should I drink each day?” is one of the most popular Google search terms in the world.
Unfortunately there’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to hydration. Aside from helping digestion and absorption of food, water regulates body temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells and removes toxins and other wastes. Water also cushions joints and protects tissues and organs, including the spinal cord, from shock and damage. Conversely, lack of water (dehydration) can be the cause of many ailments. The human body is made up of 55% – 75% water, which means water is essential for all of our bodily processes. However why is it that nearly two thirds of us are chronically dehydrated? You can become dehydrated by not drinking enough water, and you can also cancel out the water you have consumed by drinking sugary soft drink, caffeinated drinks and other drinks which have a diuretic effect. These diuretics promote the loss of body fluids which can lead to dehydration. You’ve probably heard the 8×8 rule (8 glasses, 8 ounces/250ml each) as the answer for how much water to drink, however there’s no official source or specific evidence for this recommendation. Water requirements vary from person to person and even from day to day for the same person. Consider this: you’ll need to drink more water after running 10 miles than when you’re relaxing at home. If you take a vacation to a hotter climate and perspiring a lot, your body is losing bodily fluids more rapidly which means you’ll need to increase your water intake. Learning to tell the more subtle signs could be the difference between satisfactory health and radiant health—many doctors even believe that dehydration is a leading cause of diseases. It’s best to listen to your intuition, common sense and pay attention to the signs that your body gives you.
Three signs your body is telling you to drink more water:
1. You’re thirsty.
If you wait until you’re thirsty, you may already be dehydrated (especially after physical exertion, during which your body loses a lot of water through sweat). It’s better to drink a generous portion of pure water regularly throughout the day to take overthinking out of the process. If you’re going to do physical exertion in the next 24hrs increase your intake to pre-empt the dehydration process and also reduce that thirsty feeling.
2. Your urine is a dark yellow.
For optimal health, urine should always be a pale yellow color. If it’s darker, it means that your kidneys are retaining fluids. In turn this can mean a greater percentage of your urine is made up of toxins and other excretions. Because of this fluid retention, you’ll pee less often while still being dehydrated. Some people complain about having to urinate frequently when they drink a lot of water. The reality, though, is that a healthy, well-hydrated person will urinate at least 7 or 8 times a day—the inconvenience of which is far overshadowed by the dangers of dehydration.
3. You suffer from headaches, digestive problems, heartburn, fatigue, high cholesterol, confusion, anxiety, irritability, urinary tract infection or signs of premature aging.
These can all signal chronic dehydration. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, make a conscious effort to up your water intake and see if they’re alleviated. And of course, consult a professional if they continue.
Make sure you’re drinking the right kind of water
Once you have your personal water needs figured out, you need to ensure that you’re drinking clean, nourishing water. I wish that I could say that any water is good water (maybe that was the case a long time ago), but in reality both tap water and bottled are often dangerous toxin sources. In some cases bottled water is even worse than tap water. It can be said that the body will not retain impure water as effectively. This means even if you think you’re drinking enough water but still feel dehydrated, you may need to upgrade your water source. Drinking nutrient rich, alkaline water without flouride such as AlkaWay water can be beneficial in your body getting the most benefit from the water that you’re drinking. It’s a very common reponse from the friends of people who have begun drinking AlkaWay water to comment “Oh, you look so… juicy!”.
Water: the most neglected nutrient in your diet but one of the most vital.
Learn to listen to your body. You’ll be able to make choices that are more aligned with your health needs. And the better shape you keep your body in the more equipped it will be to send you accurate signals about what it needs. It’s a virtuous cycle. Hydration is a perfect context for practicing this kind of self-listening because the signs are so easy to discern. Doing so with regularity will enable you to live consciously, brightly and vibrantly. We’re currently in the process of creating a ‘New Alkaline Diet Starter Kit’ which gives you all the tips and insider info you need to quickly get started on your alkaline journey. If you want to be the first to receive a copy when it’s ready, then just enter your details below.
1. Why Water is really, really important. You may be healthy. This doesn’t mean you appreciate the importance of water intake. As a result there’s a good chance you may end up suffering from ongoing, l dehydration. 2. Want Energy? If you are even a little ‘dry’ you slow enzyme activity. So you’ll probably experience lower energy or persistent fatigue. A small reduction in your ‘top-up levels can slow metabolism and inhibit your ability to exercise . 3. Want Good Digestion? Internally, we produce an average of 7 litres of digestive juices every day. Lower liquid uptake = lower secretions and inhibited digestive process. 4. Want Regularity? Who doesn’t! As undigested food passes through the colon, our colon absorbs excess liquid from the food. This is transferred into our bloodstream and a stool of ‘good’ consistency forms. If you’re low on water, you’ll extracts too much water from the stool, leading to hard, and dry ones. Slow elimination contributes to allround toxicity and of course, inflammation. 5. Want good blood pressure? When chronically dehydrated, your blood becomes more like strawberry jam. With reduced overall blood volume, blood vessels contract. With increased vein-wall tension and increased blood viscosity, you must work harder getting blood to passd through the veins = higher blood pressure. 6. Had a gutful of bad guts? Under normal circumstances, the stomach secretes a layer of mucus (which is composed of 98 percent water) to prevent its mucus membranes from being destroyed by the highly acidic digestive fluid it produces. Chronic dehydration, though, impedes mucus production and may irritate and produce ulcers in the stomach lining. 7. Breathe Easy. Your lungs are coated with a moist mucus membrane as a protective measure. If you are ‘dry’ these dry out too. dust, pollen and particulate are able to actually reach your lung surfaces. 8. Get really hydrated. Dehydration slows enzyme reactions. Enzyme slowdown = interruptions of all cellular actions and reactions = inflammation and acidification. As your internal cellular environment acidifies, things get worse. Excretory organs that eliminating acids (e.g., the skin and kidneys) don’t have enough liquid to do their jobs properly. We need to be juicy. 9. Want slim? Many people think being thirsty is the same as hunger, so they eat! False sensations of hunger can cause overeating. Poor hydration may also start the storage of inflammatory toxins, promoting weight gain. 10. Want good skin? Dehydrated skin is inelastic skin. It’s dry and flaky. It can lead to skin irritation and rashes, even eczema. We sweat about 24 ounces a day. We have to, to dilute and t remove the toxins eliminated through our skin. With chronic dehydration, our sweat is more concentrated. Toxins are not efficiently removed. Results? Moe inflammation, more irritation. 11. Want Cholesterol? Of course not! Cholesterol is essential for cell membrane construction. Chronic dehydration means reduced inner cell water. Your body will try to prevent this by manufacturing more cholesterol in an effort to reduce porosity of the cell walls. This unecessary overproduction introduces too much cholesterol into the bloodstream. 12. Want good ‘Water works? Ouur kidneys really work hard to flush water-soluble toxins from our system. Not enough water means you’re trying to flush toxins with a dribble rather than a real hearty flush. It’s inefficient but the toxins also irritate the urinary mucus membranes, creating an infection-friendly environment. 13. Want creaky Joints? No? ‘Dry’ cartilage and ligaments are brittle and prone to damage. (Just look at an old man whose body water percentage has dropped to as low as 10%). Your joints may also be painfully inflamed when irritating toxins produced by the body and concentrated in our blood and cellular fluids, go to work on our joints and ligaments… setting the stage for arthritis. 14. Gettin’ Old? As we age we experience a slow but inevitable loss of cell volume and imbalance of the extracellular and intracellular fluids. It happens faster when we don’t ingest enough liquids, or when our cell membranes lose the capability of maintaining a proper fluid balance.
Tyler has become our ‘hydrogen guru and we are now working on spreading the word as far and as wide as we are able.
Our inhouse Naturopath, Erica is working now on an online quiz to help people learn about and understand this new health technology.