Chronic Dehydration: The Hidden Health Risk
Here is a surprising statistic: 75% of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration and may not even be aware. It seems hard to believe when we have clean drinking water and all of the designer waters available to us. The problem is people tend to reach for coffee, juice, or sodas rather than a glass of water. It’s not a natural choice, but it ought to be.
The cause of chronic dehydration is simply not drinking enough water. There are many reasons why we aren’t drinking enough. In some cases, people will confuse hunger with thirst. Instead of reaching for the bottle of water, they reach for the sugary snack. The body needs the water, not the sugar. Other studies have suggested that a people with a protein deficiency lack the amino acids needed to signal thirst. We need to be drinking half our body weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 125lbs, you need to drink 62.5 ounces of water a day.
Half of our body mass is water. If we do not stay hydrated we can become fatigued, suffer from low energy, and are chronically tired. Dehydration depletes our bodies of essential minerals such as magnesium, and potassium. Our vital organs require these minerals to function efficiently. Without enough water, our bodies begin to suffer from rising histamine levels and increased cortisol levels. Eventually this leads to toxic build up. Our immune systems are comprised, our metabolism slows, and we are at greater risk for a host of other ailments.
Dehydration impairs the blood supply to the brain, which can cause cognitive issues such as loss of memory, problems with focus and concentration.
Water keeps our joints lubricated and moving smoothly, without enough water we can develop arthritis. Think of it as the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz, he needed oil to move his legs, knees and arms. We need enough natural water.
Water keeps our blood thin so it pumps through our heart and arteries effectively. Chronic dehydration causes our blood to thicken, making it more difficult and damaging the blood vessels. Cholesterol then comes to the rescue to patch the blood vessel. The longer you stay dehydrated, the more patches your blood vessels need, increasing the amount of cholesterol in your body.
The good news is chronic dehydration is reversible before it leads to serious illness that would land one in the care of a doctor. Below are a few options.
Coconut water- it’s a natural sports drink loaded with electrolytes, potassium, and iron. It provides better rehydration than plain water.
Eating water rich fruits and veggies, good sources are watermelons, cucumbers, and strawberries.
Drink chamomile tea. It’s a natural pain reliever too. Choose a decaf option.
Aloe Vera Juice- aloe is a naturally healing plant. Often it used in topical skin care, but did you know your body inside is coated with epithelial cells too? Aloe will help hydrate your cells just as it with help heal external skin cells.
Soak in an Epson Salt bath. Epson salt contains magnesium and it will be absorbed into your skin. It will also help sore muscles to feel better.
If you are feeling a little run down, fatigued and low on energy, try rehydrating your body. Getting much needed water into your system will help you to feel better.