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The Importance of Hydration

Most people underestimate the importance of their water intake and wind up suffering from chronic, low-grade dehydration. Proper hydration is important for everyone not just athletes or when you’re exercising. Even just being in the sun or normal activities can be hampered if you are not getting enough water.

There are many ways that proper hydration plays a vital role in overall good health:

Energy - Even a slight reduction in hydration can lower metabolism, reduce energy and cause fatigue.

Digestion - Humans produce an average of 7 liters of digestive juices daily. Not drinking enough liquids limits secretions and inhibits the digestive process.

Regularity - When the body is low on water, it extracts too much liquid from our stool, which then becomes hard, dry and difficult to eliminate.

Blood Pressure - When we are chronically dehydrated, our blood becomes thicker and more viscous. To compensate, the body must work harder to push blood through the veins, resulting in elevated blood pressure.

Stomach Health - Chronic dehydration, though, impedes necessary mucus production in the stomach and may irritate and produce ulcers in the stomach lining.

Respiration - Membranes in the respiratory region can dry out and become vulnerable to attack from substances that might exist in inhaled air, such as dust and pollen.

Acid-Alkaline Balance - Dehydration causes enzymatic slowdown.An overly acidic biochemical environment can give rise to a host of inflammatory health conditions, as well as yeast and fungus growth.

Weight Management - Feelings of thirst can be confused with hunger and may lead to false sensations of hunger, triggering overeating and weight gain. Inadequate hydration can also promote the storage of inflammatory toxins, which can also promote weight gain.

Skin Health - Dehydrated skin loses elasticity and has a dry, flaky appearance and texture. But dehydration can also lead to skin irritation and rashes, including conditions like eczema or inflammation.

Cholesterol - Cholesterol protects the cell membrane from being so permeable, the overproduction introduces too much cholesterol into the bloodstream without water to dilute it.

Kidney and Urinary Health - Not adequately diluting the toxins in our urine irritates the urinary mucus membranes and create a germ- and infection-friendly environment.

Joint Health - Joints can become painfully inflamed and brittle when dried out, setting the stage for arthritis.

Aging - The normal aging process involves a gradual loss of cell volume.That can be accelerated when we don’t ingest enough liquids.


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