“Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”
― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
This may not be the most exciting topic but it will be the closest you will get to an ‘instant health fix.’
We in America have many blessings; among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am sure that the blessing of clean drinking water at our disposal is a blessing that we take for granted.
Next to oxygen, water is the second most essential life -giving element. Our bodies are made up of 60% water.
More importantly, blood is 92 % water, the brain and muscles are 75 % water, and bones are about 22% water.
We all want a quick fix to our health. Keeping our body hydrated is the easiest, simplest and cheapest way. It is nearly FREE. Thirst is the Houdini of health problems. When we think we have a health issue, it could be disguised as dehydration. By the time you feel thirsty, you have already lost 1% of your body’s water. By 3% loss, your body begins to show dramatic signs of impairment.
Symptoms of Dehydration
If your body is dehydrated, it cannot cool itself properly, leading to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. You will begin to feel lethargic and your muscles may cramp up. Your brain won't work properly, and you will feel groggy and slow. Your kidneys won't be able to carry away waste products, so toxins will build up in your system, making you feel ill. You will have constipation and your skin will get dry and itchy. You will have difficulty regulating your body temperature and may feel chronically cold or hot.
Other severe symptoms are:
Difficulty Going To The Bathroom
Slightly Red Skin
Dizziness And Difficulty Concentrating
Aggravation And Depression
Poor Skin Elasticity
Dark Urine Color
Imagine having a healthier brain and body by drinking lots of water.
Here are 5 simple ways to hydrate your body.
Drink half your body weight in ounces. Using a large glass or bottle will help remind you to drink more.
Limit caffeine. Coffee, sodas and teas are a diuretic that actually pulls water from our bodies.
Hunger can be disguised as thirst. When you think you are hungry, you could just be thirsty.
Guzzle a large glass of water first thing in the morning.
Drink a large glass of water before each meal to fill up your stomach so you will not eat too much.
We all want to be healthy and keep our brains sharp. Drinking plain water or with real fruit in it, is the magic ‘pill’ for which we have all been wishing. (Don’t add chemical enhancers, it defeats the purpose).
As always, if I can be of help, you can find me at Gold’s Gym Fredericksburg.