Becoming dehydrated is more common than you might think. Your body doesn’t have a reserve water tank–it depends completely upon your daily water intake.
If you use up more fluids than you uptake, dehydration results. Think about it… Our body mass is about 65-90% water and all of our body fluids depend upon a water source for production…
- lymphatic fluids
- gastric fluids
- interstitial fluids
- vaginal fluids
We must keep the water going in, or we will dehydrate and have all kinds of unwanted side effects like muscle pain, fatigue, thirst, headaches, and wrinkly, dried up skin.
Think of how a prune shrivels as it dries out, and who wants to look like a prune? So drink up for anti-aging and wrinkle prevention!
Ever find yourself getting drowsy in the midafternoon? Often it is as simple as running low on fluids and being dehydrated from the day’s activities. If you forget to drink up, your body is crying for water. Guzzle down a big glass of fresh water and notice how your energy perks up within minutes.
But, how much are we supposed to drink every day? How many times have you heard the standard drink 8 glasses of water daily… Wait a minute… You mean that a tiny 95 pound woman should drink the same amount as a big 350 pound man? Of course not!
Here’s the magic formula: Drink at least half your weight in ounces every day. So, if you weigh 150 pounds you would need to drink at least 75 ounces of water daily.
Another enormous benefit to drinking lots of water daily is to keep the toxins flushing out of your body. Add some fresh squeezed lemon to your water to help cleanse your liver and kidneys.
Lemon water is a great alkalizer. If you allow your body to dry out and become too acidic, it is an invitation for disease manifestation.
But, do not drink tap or well water! Both are loaded with contaminants like fluoride, arsenic, chlorine, chemicals… Make sure the water you drink has been purified of toxins, bacteria, heavy metals, even microscopic parasites.
You can purchase a small under the kitchen sink filtration system for your home to have unlimited fresh drinking water; the reverse osmosis system is a safe way to go for purified water. There are many other types of water filtration and purification methods, but that’s another article.
One more thing, sodas, juices, coffee and teas do not count toward your daily water needs! In fact, for every ounce of a caffeinated drink you consume, you need to add another ounce of water to your daily quota. So, if you drink an 8 oz. cup of coffee, that’s 8 ozs. you need to add to your daily water requirement formula.