31 Day Challenge to a Healthier You Day #1—Drink More Water








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© 2014 Shanna Lea

Do you feel thirsty? Do you know the signs of being thirsty? Many people assume that a dry mouth is the main or only symptom of being thirsty or dehydrated. But that’s not true.

Our bodies exhibit many symptoms that are a cry for water, making dehydration a common underlying cause of many diseases. Since our bodies are made of 75% water, staying hydrated throughout the day will maintain the balance of bodily fluids.

Symptoms of Chronic Dehydration:

According to Dr F. Batmanghelidj, author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, drinking more water can prevent and reverse conditions such as:

  • asthma
  • allergies
  • back pain
  • heartburn
  • colitis pain
  • migrant headaches
  • arthritis

 “The human body is composed of 25% solid matter and 75% water. Brain tissue is 85% water. When we starve body cells of water, they start to complain—and set up many adverse reactions.”   ~ ~ ~ Dr F. Batmanghelidj

Take a look at this video where Dr Batmanghelidj explains this:

“Your Body’s Many Cries for Water” Dr. Batmanghelidj, M.D.

 

 “Understanding dehydration will empower you to become much healthier and you will be able to become your own healer.”  ~ ~ ~ Dr F. Batmanghelidj

“The whole structure of modern medicine is built on the pitifully flawed premise that dry mouth is the only sign of dehydration. This false premise is responsible for the lack of understanding about various painful health problems that result in premature death to many millions of people.

Water is too important to the body to signal its shortage only through the experience of a dry mouth. The human body has many other sophisticated signals to indicate when it is short of water. The body can suffer from deep dehydration with-out showing a dry mouth. Dehydration produces severe symptoms, even to the point of causing life-threatening crises.

Dry mouth is one of the very last indicators of dehydration of the body. By the time dry mouth becomes an indicator of water shortage; many delicate functions of the body have been shut down and prepared for deletion. This is exactly how the aging process is established – through a loss of enzyme function. A dehydrated body loses sophistication and versatility.”  ~ ~ ~ Dr F. Batmanghelidj

 

Other Reasons to Drink More Water

Drinking more water will help you:

  • Prevent Cancer—statistics show that staying hydrated can reduce the risk of colon, bladder and breast cancer
  • Improve physical performance
  • Detoxify your body—regularly drinking water flushes bacteria and harmful waste out of your body
  • Lose weight—staying hydrated suppresses appetite. Many times when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty—One of your bodies cries for water!
  • Improve skin and hair condition—drinking adequate water boosts cell production, which in turn improves the condition of your skin and hair
  • Boost your mood—feeling cranky, grumpy or irritable? Drinking water can help boost your mood!

How to Drink More Water

It is recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day to keep yourself properly hydrated. The easiest way to remember is to keep a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. I keep this 32 oz bottle with me everywhere, to remind me to drink more water.

Do You Find Plain Water Boring?

In our modern society, we have so many choices for drinks, that sometimes plain water seems boring. You can get your daily intake of fluid by drinking:

  • Filtered water with lemon juice first thing in the morning. Lemon in eases constipation, battles morning breath, aids weight loss, helps your body recover from workout, builds the immune system, hydrates the lymph system and prevents adrenal fatigue. Just add juice from ½ a lemon into your water.
  • Make fruit, veggie or herb infused water. Add cucumbers, strawberries, sage, mint, or any other of your favorite veggies, fruits and herbs to a pitcher of water and let stand for several hours to flavor water naturally.
  • Use a good water filter system or pitcher. I use a pitcher with built in water filter everyday and the water tastes so much better than plain tap water. The filter removes mercury, chlorine, and many other contaminants from tap water.

Now you know many of the signs and symptoms of dehydration, so reach for a glass of water first before other popular drinks or food, and then see if the other is truly what your body needs or wants.

 

Sources 

Your Body’s Many Cries for Water

Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA Free Water Bottle 1 Quart

Fruit Infused Water Bottle and Travel Tumbler 32 oz

PUR 18 Cup Dispenser w/1 Filter

Quotes source: http://www.watercure.com/gallery.html



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