Spring is here, and everyone wants to become more active. Proper hydration is essential in order to be active. Without water, the human body will survive only three days. Water makes up 75% of the body, 90% of the blood, and 85% of the brain. The rule for water consumption is to drink one-half your body weight in ounces. Failure to drink sufficient water causes signs of dehydration that are often ignored.
Dehydration indicators occur long before you run out of water. Chronic dehydration is widespread today and does not have immediate symptoms. It affects everyone who is not drinking enough liquid. Cognitive function decreases 5%, with a 1% decrease in body hydration levels. This manifests as brain fog, or the “I can’t remember” syndrome that many people experience.
If you have any of these symptoms: fatigue, constipation, digestive disorders, high or low blood pressure, gastritis or stomach trouble, respiratory trouble, acid-alkaline imbalance, excess weight and obesity, eczema, cholesterol issues, urinary infections, rheumatism, or premature aging, you may need to drink more water.
Drinking clean water is essential to good health. But which drinking water is the cleanest? You might guess bottled water. But, bottled water is not necessarily cleaner than tap water. FDA purity requirements for city water systems are far more stringent than for bottled water companies. The plastic from the bottles can leach into the drinking water. Bottled water creates more pollution by filling our landfills. Bottled water is often tap water that has been filtered, and then sold to the consumer.
Tap water is the least expensive source of water. However, you do not want to drink unfiltered tap water due to the drugs, chemicals and toxins in the water. A gallon of filtered water from your tap costs about 10 to 18 cents per gallon. At $1 to $4 per gallon, bottled water is at least 10 times more expensive than home filtered water.
Unfortunately, most filtration systems remove the essential alkaline minerals in the filtration process, creating clean, dead water. Mineral supplementation does not work to replace these electrolytes, and deficiencies develop. The most common mineral deficiency symptoms include acid reflux, altered blood pressure, fatigue, joint pains, and muscle cramps.
Between dehydration and mineral deficiencies, it is difficult to have a spring in your step. Spring into spring by making diet and lifestyle changes. Attend a free workshop at TLC Holistic Wellness to learn about new innovative water technology that provides hydrating, mineral rich, live drinking water.
Dr. Carol Ann Fischer