Effects of Chronic Dehydration

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 | Comments Off on Effects of Chronic Dehydration

Effects of Chronic Dehydration

You Are Not Drinking Enough

Believe it or not, most of us function in a chronic state of dehydration. Whether it’s because of your busy schedule or simply not having fresh, clean water on hand when you need it, chances are more than good that you simply don’t drink enough fluids.

What’s worse, as your body gets used to this chronic dehydration, you lose your sensitivity to water deprivation and don’t get thirsty when you need to. And that’s a real problem… because, as you may know, water comprises over half of your body mass—in the form of intracellular fluid, interstitial fluids, cerebrospinal fluid and more. These fluids unite your various organs and physiological systems into one coherent organism, allowing for many of your body’s most critical communications.

Of your body’s fluids, it’s safe to say that none is more life-sustaining than blood itself. It’s your body’s vehicle for delivering nutrients, oxygen and vital components to your tissues through the arterial and capillary system. The same blood is also used to carry carbon dioxide, byproducts and waste products through the venous system—thereby discharging them through the lungs by exhalation, or through sweat, stool or urine.

Your Body is More Than 80% Water

So what does this have to do with your water intake?  Well, water comprises roughly 83 percent of your blood volume—a significant portion by any standard. So it’s easy to see why dehydration is such a problem for your health: Attempting to function without enough water is similar to running a car without enough oil to lubricate its system.

And what happens to a car that isn’t lubricated? It heats up and the engine can crack and get damaged. The same process happens in the body when you’re not well hydrated… often because you’re too busy and your system is running too fast and too long without a break. Add in the extra demand for water that comes with spiking August temperatures, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.

Luckily, the solution is simple: Drink more water—just be wary of where it comes from.

Lack of Oversight on Bottled Water

It’s easy to assume that bottled water is the wisest choice—but a U.S. Congressional report revealed that this is far from the case. In reality, there’s less oversight of the quality of bottled water than plain old tap water—a fact that might come as a major shock to anyone spending top dollar on a supposedly safe, clean way to hydrate. Water quality tests for bottled products are not required by the FDA—and in the past several years, bottled water has been recalled due to contamination with arsenic, bromate, cleaning compounds, mold and bacteria.

Unfortunately, that’s not the only concern that comes with bottled water—the potential health-related and environmental risks of its plastic packaging are something to consider, too.

Tap Water is Actually Better Than You Think

In the end, water from the tap is probably your safest—not to mention cheapest—bet. (Consumed out of a glass, of course!) If, however, you’re still worried about potential contaminants lurking in your water, you can always consider one of the many home filtration systems available on the market today—while they can be expensive, it may be worth your peace of mind.

Finally, regular detox programs (including safe, gentle chelation in both the fall and the spring) can help you to ensure that your body stays hydrated and healthy throughout the seasons.

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