You can go about 8 weeks without food, but you’ll only last a few days without water. Water is VITAL for every function in the human body.
Water is the most common nutritional deficiency in the American population.
It is something I have battled with most of my life. I have to keep a close count on my water consumption or I will easily become dehydrated. And it is extremely difficult to catch up!
- If the body’s water content drops by as little as 2%, it will cause fatigue.
- A drop of 10% will cause significant health problems:
- Losses greater than 10% can cause death.
So how can we be dehydrated when we see everyone walking around with a water bottle and our landfills are full of plastic water bottles? One reason is because we are also a a nation of diuretic drinkers. Diuretics rob our bodies of necessary water. The worst offenders are soft drinks, coffee, tea (not all teas), packaged fruit juices, and alcohol.
Dehydration is serious and can cause a whole host of physiological problems.
Early Signs of Dehydration include:
Mature Signs of Dehydration include:
Quick Test to Check for Dehydration
To do a quick dehydration check, there is a simple test you can conduct. Ask a friend or family member to help.
- Stand with your hands hanging by your side.
- Have your friend visually check and palpate (feel) the veins on the back of your right hand.
- Put your left hand at heart level. Keep your elbow at the same level.
- Slowly raise your right arm straight forward so it is level with the left.
- Have your friend visually check and palpate the veins again.
– Veins are the same.
– The veins are reduced.
– The veins are no longer visible or palpable.
So how much water should you drink? Everyone’s needs are different. Certainly in hot climates, more water is necessary. Strenuous exercise requires more water too.
A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. If you weigh 200 pounds, you would need to drink 100 ounces of water daily.
However, if you drink diuretic drinks, you would need to add 12-16 ounces MORE water to your daily total for each 8 oz. of diuretic drink consumed.
Here is the formula if you like math:
(Oz of Diuretics x 1.5) + Body Weight/2
One note of caution: Drinking TOO MUCH water can be problematic too. We flush out important minerals each time we urinate. If you drink a lot of water without appropriate minerals, your electrolyte balance can be impaired. Be sure that you are getting appropriate electrolytes in the form of electrolyte supplements or a pinch of unrefined sea salt in every glass of water.
Here’s your simple change for the day: Conduct this quick test for dehydration and drink some water!
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