Has Your Body Become a Toxic Waste Dump Due to Dehydration
If You Become Thirsty, It’s Too Late!
Symptoms of dehydration will usually start with thirst and will continue to progress as the percentage of the body’s fluid loss increases.
Written by Greg Montoya
Initial symptoms of mild dehydration will generally begin when the body has lost about 2% of its total fluid. The symptoms are usually mild at this point and can include:
- Loss of Appetite
- Dry Skin
- Skin Flushing
- Dark Urine (a big indicator of dehydration!)
- Head Rushes
- Cotton Mouth
- Lack of Energy
- Head Aches
If the total fluid loss of the body reaches around 5% of its total fluid more serious symptoms will begin to appear and can include:
- Severe Headaches
- Increased heart rate
- Decreased urination
- Elevated body temperature
- Loss of ability to sweat
- Extreme fatigue
- Tingling in the tips of your fingers and toes
- Muscle cramps
- Increased respiration
If the total fluid loss reaches 10% serious side effects will occur and medical attentions is definitely needed. Above 10% can be fatal!
Symptoms of severe dehydration can include all of the above and below:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Muscle spasms
- Racing pulse
- Shriveled skin
- Loss of vision
- Burning during urination
- Abdominal pain
How to prevent dehydration
The average person loses between two and three liters of water a day through sweating, breathing and urination. Depending on the type of activities a person is involved in this figure can increase or decrease. Heavy exercise can cause the body to lose more than 2 liters an hour! To prevent dehydration you must continually replenish the fluids that you lose throughout the day!
8 glasses of water a day helps keep the doctor away!
We’ve all heard that “you should drink around 8 glasses of water a day”, which is true; however, this figure can increase or decrease depending on many factors of your daily lifestyle.
I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and at 18 years old had an outdoor job in the summer shoveling sand and ABC type gravel into a cement mixer for 8 hours a day in 115 degree heat. I would drink two-three gallons of water a day just to stay alive! Everyone’s condition is different, however, as a general rule for most people, 8 glasses is the “magic” number.
Sodas and other “comfort” drinks don’t count!
Keep in mind that you cannot include soda, juice, coffee, or sugar type drinks as part of your 8 glasses of fluid, as each of these drinks need their water content just to metabolize and flush the junk that they contain out of the body.
You must pay special attention to your fluid loss and take special care to replenish it as it is being lost. Remember this as stated earlier…By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated! The key is to avoid becoming thirsty in the first place!
Drink more water and if you have kids make sure they do too (I guarantee you that their brains will function better and their grades will improve!). There’s no doubt that you will be healthier, have more energy, mental clarity, and on top of all this, you will look younger and be more vibrant.
The majority of all headaches are caused by dehydration. So instead of treating the symptoms by reaching for a bottle of aspirin, try drinking a glass or two of water. This will usually cure most headaches within 15-20 minutes.
To prove the points made, make a commitment to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day for one week and see for yourself the difference it makes in the quality of your life. You will be amazed!
Your challenge this week is to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day for the entire week.
Tip 1: When you are sleeping you are dehydrating for up to 8 hours or more. Therefore, one of the most important times to drink water is immediately upon rising in the morning. Start your day out right with 8-10 ounces of water as soon as you wake up.
Tip 2: Here’s a sure-fire way to ensure that you remember to drink enough water each day… Put 8 pennies in your left pocket at the start of the day. Each time you drink a glass of water move one penny over to your right pocket. Make sure that before you go to bed that you have moved all 8 pennies over to your right pocket. If you don’t wear pants, then get creative and come up with some other type of system that will ensure you drink the required amount of water.
Tip 3: Not all water is equal! You should avoid tap water completely… It’s poison and can actually cause you to become dehydrated due to its large hard to absorb molecule size caused by all the chemicals and other toxic substances found in it. Bottled water isn’t much better, unless you drink a high end water such as Fiji which is one of the purest and highest pH balanced bottled waters available. Your best bet to ensure you are getting the healthiest, “wettest”; most energized antioxidant type water available is to get a Water Ionizer Machine and create your own purified pH balanced water. The optimal pH range is from 8.5 – 9.5. Your life will be transformed by drinking this type of water! In my opinion, I believe the NEW Improved Living Water Machine by Vollara™ is one of the best water ionizer machines on the market, especially when you consider its low price as compared to other ionizer machines that cost 2-3 times as much!