Proper Hydration to ensure Good Health

"You need to have 2 glasses of water for every coffee, tea or alcoholic drink you consume to give you adequate hydration".

Do we understand the importance of proper hydration? It is absolutely vital to the efficient functioning of our body.

We do know that we should drink more water - but do we? Usually not.

Do you know that:

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  • most people in western society have become chronically and dangerously dehydrated
  • there is no more important substance to health than water
  • every cell in our body requires an adequate supply of water to ensure proper hydration
  • all organs of our body cry out for water (proper hydration) but we often feed them instead with tea, coffee, soft drinks, energy drinks, juice or alcohol - not the same!
Be aware that adequate and proper hydration is absolutely essential for bowel health and, being even mildly dehydrated on a regular basis, is extremely damaging to your general health.

You do know that soft drinks are severely damaging to the human body?

They are often loaded with sugar and carcinogenic chemicals and wreak havoc with the pH balance of your stomach when ingested.

say NO to coke Did you know that a 600ml bottle of soft drink contains at least 12-15 teaspoons of sugar, which means that with just one drink, a 14 year old girl would have exceeded her recommended daily intake of refined sugar?

No Diet Coke

As for diet substitutes, they are equally, and probably more, destructive. Countless studies show that aspartame (the active sweetener in diet drinks) is a poison and is not safe to be consumed by humans in any amount. You might as well swallow a glass of toxic chemicals.

Aspartame (NutraSweet) Toxicity Info Centre gives detailed scientific and general documentation regarding the toxicity of Nutrasweet, Equal, Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, and other aspartame containing items. The web page includes real life reports of acute and chronic toxicity due to long-term ingestion. Also included is extensive scientific and general information and resources. It is worth reading.


unhealthy energy drinks

Energy Drinks are becoming increasingly popular. Many people especially the young are consuming huge quantities of these drinks because they make them 'feel good' and give them a 'boost'.

Little do they realise that they are doing the worst thing possible for their health.

However, thankfully there are healthy alternatives. One such product, packaged conveniently in individual sachets will deliver what is described by the manufacturers as 'herbal clean energy'. Made up of a proprietary blend of natural herbs, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that have been scientifically formulated, they will instantly replenish energy at the cellular level.

Because they contain no artificial caffeine, stimulants, sugar or by-products, they are completely safe, natural and healthy.

Just remember that to maintain proper hydration you still need to drink water. If you are drinking energy drinks, even if they are natural and healthy, they still can tend to dehydrate your body, so should not be regarded as an alternative to water.

Only water gives proper hydration.

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Remember:

If you drink Coffee, Tea or Alcohol, you need to have 2 glasses of water for every coffee, tea or alcoholic drink you consume.

Water is Best

Start the day with a good long drink of water and drink often during the day.

Here are a few tips to help make sure you drink enough water each day to be sure of proper hydration for your body:

  • Keep a container of water on your desk and fill your glass frequently until it's all gone
  • Carry a bottle with you as you go about your daily activities and sip frequently
  • Always have a bottle of water with you in your car
  • Have a bottle beside your bed so you can sip if you wake in the night
People generally are becoming more aware of the necessity for drinking more water and bottled water is becoming very readily available, but, - is bottled water any better than tap water?

In some parts of the world it is quite unsafe to drink tap water but generally, in developed countries, tap water has been treated to make sure that it is clear and free of harmful bacteria.

However, you are paying dearly to drink bottled water all the time and there are huge advantages to be gained by having a good water filtration system installed in your home.

It's worth taking the time to read this report.

Just as it is the most abundant material on earth, water is the most abundant substance in the human body, making up one half to two thirds of body weight. Roughly three quarters of the brain and muscles are made up of water. Even bone is 20 percent water.

The percentage of water in the body varies from person to person depending on such factors as body composition, age and gender. For example, men have more water in their bodies than women because they have a higher content of lean muscle. Muscle holds more water than fat tissue.

Every part of the body, from the individual cell to the entire circulation system, depends on proper hydration to function.

Water is needed for:

  • Transporting nutrients and oxygen to all parts of the body via the blood and lymphatic system.
  • Helping maintain body temperature. (Heat is released when you sweat, which helps to cool you down).
  • Lubricating the joints to keep them moving freely.
  • Removing body waste materials.
  • Serving as a medium for thousands of reactions that need to take place in the body daily to sustain life.
  • Maintaining blood volume.

While it varies depending on weight, climate and activity levels, experts recommend that most people drink at least eight glasses of fluid daily. That's a drink for every hour of the working day!

Don't wait until you get thirsty

The normal trigger for drinking is thirst, which is regulated by the amount of sodium (salt) in the blood. As the sodium content increases, receptors in the brain's hypothalamus trigger the thirst sensation. At the same time, "thirsty" blood draws water from the salivary glands. This is why we get a dry mouth when we haven't had enough to drink.

By the time we feel thirsty, we are already slightly dehydrated.

"People tend to assume that thirst is a good indicator of fluid requirements. However, thirst is actually a sign that the body is already slightly dehydrated. Fluid levels need to be replenished before thirst even sets in," said Julie Howden, nutritionist and executive director of the Asian Food Information Centre (AFIC).

When the body has become slightly dehydrated, the kidneys respond by conserving water and reabsorbing it back into the blood instead of removing it from the body as urine. This results in less urine being formed.

So the answer is to keep your body in a state of proper hydration - don't let it become dehydrated.


Health Tip

The human body is approximately 60% water. It is important to stay well hydrated so your body can easily transport oxygen and nutrients to your muscles.


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