5 Facts about Hydration

#1 - Most People Suffer from Chronic Dehydration

Low-grade dehydration (versus acute and clinical dehydration) is a chronic, widespread problem that has major impacts on well-being, energy, appearance and resiliency. Christopher Vasey, ND, a Swiss naturopath and author of The Water Prescription (Healing Arts Press, 2006), believes that most people suffer regularly from this type of chronic dehydration because of poor eating and drinking habits.

 

# 2 – Eight 8oz Glasses of Water is Not Enough

In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a division of the National Academy of Sciences, actually set the adequate total-daily-water intake at higher than 64 ounces — 3.7 liters (125 fluid ounces) for men and 2.7 liters (91 fluid ounces) for women. If adequate is what you are striving for, then 64 oz may be enough. If being optimal is more your style, then it is recommended by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, M.D to consume half your body weight in ounces per day.  If you want to be achieving optimal results in your life then you will be well served by drinking water throughout the day and eating a good amount of water-containing foods.

 


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# 3 - Not all Beverages are Created Equal

Drinking anything other than pure water will trigger chemical reactions that require some amount of water to process.  The more of a chemical load the beverage contains, there is more water required to properly process. Artificial sweeteners carry a very heavy toxic load. Adding some lemon or lime can help to create chemical reactions that benefit the body.

 

# 4 - It Matters When You Drink Your Water

A glass of water 15 minutes before a meal can prepare the stomach and other organs for digestion. Too much water will dilute your stomach acids and digestion will not be optimal. Try not to drink (or keep to a minimum) water during your meal, and wait 30 minutes before you drink more water, so as to not dilute the nutrients you just consumed.

 

# 5 - A Lack of Water is the #1 Reason for Daytime Fatigue

Next time you hit a lull, try having some water. And for more great information about water, visit The Water Cure.

 

Conclusion

It requires a focused effort to ensure that you are properly hydrated throughout the day. Even mild dehydration can negatively affect your energy, vitality, immune system, and your appearance. If you want to be performing at an optimal level it is imperative that you stay hydrated.

 

Resources

http://www.watercure.com/

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-common-myths-about-dehydration.html#ixzz2WnGrbyjJ/%29

http://www.slightedge.org/blogs/12/299/