Dehydration is more than just feelings thirsty. Without proper hydration your health is in immediate danger
Water is a vital component of life, second only to oxygen.
The human body is made up mainly of water. Calculations show that we should contain 65 percent of water at a minimum. This goes up to 85 percent in the case of certain organs like the brain.
While everybody knows that we need water to live, the exact reasons why it is so vital to health are rarely explained. This absence of information results in water being neglected as an important health factor.
Most people believe dehydration is what happens when one runs out of water while walking through the desert. They drink coffee, tea, soft drinks, or other beverages and think they take in enough liquids during the day. However, most of these increase water losses because they are diuretic and cause perspiration. Alcohol and tobacco consumption, for example, further increase loss of water.
During summertime and in hot countries where one is either exposed to high temperatures or lives in air-conditioned spaces, dehydration can occur very quickly and without one being aware of it.
Why Do We Suffer From Dehydration?
Chronic dehydration affects anyone who either doesn’t take in enough liquids or can’t retain them.
Most of the water in the body is found inside the cells. But in order for the body to keep the intracellular water, certain conditions must be met.
Sufficient amounts of minerals and salts must be present.
The cell must be able to produce enough energy to run the pumps that regulate the amount of intracellular water.
Adequate amounts of amino acids and proteins must be present for the organism to build and maintain the mechanisms that control hydration.
The organism must have at its disposal all of the micronutrients (vitamins, enzymes, fatty acids) necessary to keep up maintenance of the cells’ biochemical balance (homeostasis).
Drinking water while the above requirements aren’t met may worsen the dehydrated condition instead of improving it. Diuresis (the increase of urine production) causes the loss of vital minerals and micronutrients and makes water retention more difficult.
The intake of natural unrefined sea salt, containing over 80 minerals and other nutrients, helps substantially. Vegetable juices are an excellent source of high-value nutrients which can be absorbed immediately.
The intake of clean, good quality water in sufficient quantities, along with enough micronutrients to cover the organism’s needs, are the cornerstone of good health.