What Could Your Nagging Aches and Pains Be Saying to You?
You’ve probably heard that your body is 70-75% water. But what does that mean? For every 100 pounds of you, 70 pounds is WATER. If you were a 10-slice pie, 7 pieces of you would be WATER!
Think about what happens to a plant that isn’t watered or is cut off from a source of water… It shrivels up and dies!
Water is the most essential nutrient that your body needs to be able to function optimally, deliver to your cells what they need and flush out what isn’t needed. Many of us deny our bodies of proper hydration on a regular basis. When you lack the water you need, your body goes into rationing mode. Your most important organs (brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys) get the rations they need and the rest of the body gets whatever is left.
Some conditions that are often the result of dehydration are joint pain and arthritis, high blood pressure, digestion problems, asthma, headaches and migraines, neurological diseases and depression, just to name a few.
Water is a miracle cure. Most people walk around mildly dehydrated and have many nagging symptoms to show for it. News flash: You don't have a Tylenol, Advil, Prozac, soda or caffeine deficiency. Treat symptoms first with WATER.
Here are just a few things water does:
-regulates body temperature
-transports nutrients and oxygen to cells
-protects organs and tissues
-increases the efficiency of the immune system
-prevents clogged arteries
-regulates hormone production that affects mood, attention and sleeping patterns
-Helps prevent memory loss
-Causes skin to appear smoother
-slows the affects of aging
Last but not least of all, water helps manage weight! In a dehydrated state your body secretes a hormone called aldosterone which causes water retention. It's like storing for survival mode. When you drink the water your body has been needing, it releases these stores and causes you to lose water weight! Use this calculation to find out how much you should be drinking: half your body weight in ounces plus 8oz for each half hour of high intensity exercise or 1 hour of low intensity.
So go grab a glass and fill it up with the good stuff - pure, clean, filtered water! Keep track of how much you’re drinking and let us know the difference you feel once you’re rehydrated!