In light of Innate Body Boot Camp’s Theme of the Week HYDRATION, here is a post that I wrote for Bonfirehealth.com an amazing online wellness implementation system.
More than anything, we want our bodies to be like a soup rather than a stew. Think about it, our amazing bodies have literally trillions of cells undergoing trillions of reactions every single second we are alive. Many of those reactions deal with the uptake of nutrients or the elimination of wastes. Would you think it would be easier for those reactions (movement of materials) to take place in a sludgy, crowded stew-ish environment where everything is thick & cramped together or in an environment much more like a free flowing soup or a broth? If you said broth, you are right on the mark. You see, the body is made up of roughly 60% water http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_water, so you can visualize your body as a pot of soup where the cells make up the chunks and 60% of it is water. Now think of dehydration as simply removing some of the water. What happens when we remove the water? The chunks in the soup get more crowded and the soup starts to look more like a stew. When this happens in our bodies, it becomes much more difficult to transport materials (nutrients/wastes) to where they need to go, things get back up and you begin moving away from optimal function & health.
As mentioned in the Insight, the symptoms of dehydration are anything from headaches and feelings of lethargy &/or dizziness to numbness and tingling, but the earliest sign of dehydration is thirst. That’s right, by the time you feel thirsty you may have already lost up to 2% of your total water volume. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/dehydration. Once again, how we feel is inaccurate for how healthy we are, and even scarier is that you’re overall ability to feel thirsty decreases with age, so it is even more important to add water regardless of thirst as we age. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071217192400.htm If that doesn’t get you to the canteen, then maybe this will, research by Dr. F Batmanghelidj, M.D discovered that “…dehydration produces stress, chronic pains and many degenerative diseases http://www.pureinsideout.com/dehydration.html.”
Life causes us to lose our valuable water from a variety of ways, such as digestion, sweat, urination, defecation…etc and our bodies become more stew like, which is why it is so critical to add water throughout the day. We can do that in two forms, through the water we consume & more importantly the foods we consume. The more natural, (from the earth) and more alive (fresh uncooked) our foods, the more water content held within them. Most of the foods we eat should be fresh vegetables and fruits which are loaded with water. Think about it, do you feel thirsty after eating a salad or potato chips? Obviously the chips, which have had the water cooked out of them and are loaded with salt. So the more fresh foods we add into our diet, the more soup-like and the healthier our body will be.
- Get a Water Bottle and Carry it with you. – This not only ensures that you have water around to drink, but also lets you know how much you’ve drank.
- Drink Up!
-Dr. Nicholas Araza DC CCWP CSCS
Water content of some foods. http://survivalacres.com/information/water_content.html
Drink Less Water (MDA) – http://www.marksdailyapple.com/8-glasses-of-water-a-day/ (this contradicts some of the drinking principles, but is great for getting our water from foods.)
Dangers of Dehydration http://www.naturalnews.com/023441_water_dehydration_disease.html