Common Symptoms of Dehydration
"Many health experts
agree that dehydration is one of the underlying causes
of most illnesses. The human body is, on average, about
When there is insufficient
water, every bodily function suffers and the body begins
to ration water. Long-term water rationing leads to
premature aging and disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the average adult loses
more than 10 cups of water every day, simply by
breathing, perspiring and eliminating waste. Dehydration
results when we donít replace all the water that is used
by our body during the day. Chronic dehydration occurs
when small amounts of water are not replaced day after
Researchers estimate that 50-75% of Americans are
chronically dehydrated without even knowing it. Symptoms
of dehydration are often mistaken for illness. Thus, it
is important to know the 12 common symptoms of
1. Constipation. When dehydrated, the colon removes more
water than normal in order to provide fluid for other
critical parts of the body.
2. Fatigue. Water is the single source of energy in the
human body. Fatigue is one of the earliest signs of
3. Joint problems. Cartilage is mainly water.
Dehydration weakens cartilage and delays repair.
4. Digestive disorders. Dehydration reduces the
secretion of digestive juices and can also lead to acid
reflux, ulcers and gastritis.
5. Asthma and allergies. A large amount of water
evaporates during normal breathing. When dehydrated, the
body attempts to reduce water loss by restricting
6. High blood pressure. Blood is about 83% water.
Dehydration causes blood to thicken, making it more
difficult to pump throughout the body.
7. Cholesterol. Dehydration causes cellular water loss.
The body produces more cholesterol in an attempt to stop
cells from losing water.
8. Weight gain. Dehydration causes the body to store
toxins in fat cells. The body will not release fat
unless it is adequately hydrated to safely remove the
9. Skin disorders. The skin is the bodyís largest organ
of elimination. Dehydration prevents the movement of
toxins through the skin and causes premature wrinkling.
10. Liver, kidney, bladder problems. Dehydration
increases the concentration of toxins that these organs
must eliminate on a daily basis. The accumulation of
toxic waste can cause infection, inflammation and pain.
11. Lack of mental focus or concentration. The brain is
about 80% water. Thus, dehydration can significantly
impair brain and nerve cell function, including loss of
memory and concentration.
12. Premature aging. Dehydration accelerates the visible
effects of aging skin as well as the withering and
wrinkling effect on the internal organs.
Most of us simply do not drink enough pure water to stay
hydrated. According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of
Water for Health, for Healing, for Life, if we wait
until we are thirsty to drink water, we are already
dehydrated. In addition, as we get older, our thirst
mechanism gradually disappears.
So how much and what type of water should we drink?
Experts unanimously agree that we should drink
approximately half of our body weight in ounces of water
Drinking water should be filtered of contaminants, such
as heavy metals, dangerous chemicals and bacteria.
Scientists have also discovered that the quality and
structure of water is important for hydration.
The ideal structure of water is produced by a water
ionizer system and has a hexagonal (6-sided) molecular
structure. Ionized water is at least six times more
hydrating than regular tap, filtered, or bottled water.
Thus, it easily absorbed and utilized at the cellular
level. However, the choice of water should not become a
limiting factor to simply drinking it." --Nancy Hearn-
Montana Holistic Health Examiner
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