According to the Center for Healthy Aging, ‘The fact that your body is made up of about two-thirds water may come as no surprise. But it does make you stop and think about the importance of hydration — providing your body the right amount of water each day. Since your muscles and your brain are about 75% water, and your blood is about 82% water, keeping your body hydrated helps keep important body functions working properly. And not being hydrated makes it hard for your body’s systems to work efficiently.
Unfortunately, it has been reported that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. And even mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism. The reason is that dehydration reduces the volume of blood in the body making the cardio-respiratory system work harder to pump blood throughout the body and deliver sufficient oxygen to the working muscles.
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Not only is proper hydration essential to all bio-chemical reactions in the body but the way the body is absorbing and using water is an essential component. You can drink all the water you want and still not be properly hydrated because your cells are not absorbing or processing water across the cellular membrane. Balance in the usage of water not only can support proper hydration levels but is dynamically linked to how we process emotions. If we are not properly using water in our system we can not properly harmonize and synthesize our emotions either. Each time we experience something the electrical charge of that experience vibrates through our body, if we are properly hydrated that electricity can move through our tissues fluidly and support growing and learning, however if we are dehydrated those experiences get tend to get stuck in the sticky parts of our tissues creating more aches and cramps and lots of wasted energy feeling things over and over!
So not only can you avoid all the physical symptoms of dehydration listed below by simple taking in enough water and having to proper nutrients so your body can use the water correctly you can support your emotional and mental health as well!!
• Thirst (with caveats as above)
• Reduced Appetite (often despite a lengthy period without food)
• Skin Flushing (especially face and neck)
• Dark Colored Urine (may be confused by supplement use or some foods)
• Dry Mouth (and difficulty producing saliva)
• Mild headache
• Decreased sweating and urination
• Increased heart rate, respiration and body temperature
• Extreme fatigue
• Muscle cramps
• Severe headaches
• Nausea and constipation
• Neurosensory disturbances (tingling, numbness)