Winter or summer, water, which makes up more than 70% of the body, is a daily pre-requisite but most people figure that summer or at least the warmer months are when one should take more of this life giving liquid crystal into the body. In fact it’s winter when much of the bio-damage associated with watery dehydration occurs. Suffice to say that daily water consumption maintains life.
During the winter months there is less ambient humidity and more static electricity which the body picks up and conducts around a water starved body. Signs such as dry and irritable skin emerge very quickly and auto-immune indicators such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis become exacerbated.
Around this time of year when a lot of food and alcohol is consumed the body is put under a great deal of stress. Most people tend to overlook the need for water because they figure the liquids they are taking into their system are sufficient. Fizzy drinks or soda, as well as coffee, tea, beer, wine and sport drinks are NOT WATER. Most people I come into contact with are drinking less than 400mls of water each day when the minimum need by the body is 2000 mls.
Dehydration affects the body in so many ways. Firstly it constricts the blood vessels. Many people who do not drink enough water have high blood pressure. Dehydration contributes to the formation of gallstones and is an often occurrence with people who do a lot of flying. Dehydration also constricts the body’s cells. They literally shrink up and are placed under immense stress. The immune system weakens and the body is prone to disease very quickly. Healthy cells enable nutrients to be ‘shunted’ around the body. Without water nutrients cannot move around the body. When this does not occur a consequence is headaches, sometimes in the form of migraines.
Drinking a min of 2 liters of water daily will help keep your body alive. Also eating lots of fresh green vegetables and seasonal fruits will also augment your water intake at the same time. Find a balance and moderate other non-water fluids all of which might provide short term stimulation but support the emergence of long term illness.
One final note of caution. Find water in your local area which tests out around 6.9 to 7.9pH. Rain water is around 5.9pH but with handling and oxidation as it runs through pipes, out of taps and into classes, pops up to around 6.5 to 6.9pH. The lower the pH the more acidic the water.
There are some waters available which offer as much as 10pH level of alkalinity. These are OK for short term use to bring about an acid alkaline balance within the body but long term use can lead to the opposite of acidosis which is called alkalosis. Symptoms can include irritability, twitching, confusion, and picking at bedclothes. Rapid heart rate, irregular heart beats, and a drop in blood pressure are also symptoms. Severe cases can lead to convulsions and coma.Always seek to balance your body. How you feel is always the indicator.
Try this Mint Lime infused vegetable dish with a simple coconut milk added to the sauce. One way to get really tasty and high water content vegetables into your system. Cucumber is a great source of naturally nutrient rich water.
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I‘m a Digestive Health Specialist and Author living in beautiful Noosa, Australia and teaching globally. As I approach 60, my journey to excellent health began when I sought and found natural means to heal myself of a chronic digestive disorder. I founded iLifeFoods.com, a 100% pure Australian Digestive Health and Hemp Protein Company, and then proceeded to further change my lifestyle to support my ongoing excellent health by learning to prepare and serve the most amazing RAW food. I am also the Author of ‘Understanding The Divine Gut’. Do join me in knowing more. I am here to help you find your personal freedom.