Hydrating Your BodyHeidi Hadley
As our goal to live a some somatic or holistic lifestyle involves good nutrition and water consumption, lets look at some reasons for staying hydrated.
Water is crucial for the body. Dehydration causes the enzyme activity in your body to slow down. This has an impact on your energy levels; causing tiredness and fatigue.
The skin is the largest organ of the body. When we become dehydrated, it affects the elimination of waste and toxins through the skin. This can lead to skin complaints such as eczema and psoriasis. Drinking plenty of water will also help reduce premature ageing of the skin.
A well hydrated body will help with eliminating digested food through the colon with ease. A dehydrated bowel will cause the stools to become sticky and travel along the colon with great difficulty. This can lead to constipation. A shortage of water and alkaline minerals such as magnesium and calcium can lead to a number of digestive complaints such as acid reflux, gastritis and ulcers.
Dehydration will cause the body to produce more cholesterol in order to prevent water loss from the cells.
Did you know that cartilage padding is composed of mainly water? When you become dehydrated, the cartilage weakens. This affects the joint and will slow its action of repair and maintenance. As a result, pain and discomfort can be felt.
Bladder & Kidney Health
By keeping hydrated, the bladder and kidneys are flushed regularly. Imagine if you didn’t flush your toilet regularly! The aromas would not be pleasant and the environment would start to attract flies and other unhygienic creatures! It’s the same with our body. If we don’t regularly flush our kidneys and bladder with water consumption, an accumulation of toxins and acid waste will create a perfect environment for bacteria to flourish. This has consequences, in the form of kidney stones and bladder infections.
DID YOU KNOW?
YOUR BLOOD CONSISTS OF 92% WATER!
YOUR BONES ARE 22% WATER!
YOUR MUSCLES ARE 75% WATER!
YOUR BRAIN CONSISTS OF 75% WATER!
We can all start implementing this lifestyle change TODAY!
· Sip water throughout the day. Once you feel thirsty, your body is alarming you that you are dehydrated. So keep a water bottle nearby!
· If you need that coffee in the morning, make sure you drink an extra glass of water for every cup.
· Avoid drinks with sugar or artificial sweeteners. To deal with the excess sugar or sweeteners you are consuming, large amounts of water from your body are required to clean out your system.
· Drinking water is the healthiest and safest way to lose weight. As soon as you drink water, it speeds up your metabolism and gives you the feeling of satiety or fullness.