If you’ve read my newsletters or blogs for any length of time you know that staying properly hydrated is one of the key principles of health in my opinion. Nothing works optimally if you are dehydrated. You can’t digest your food well, you can’t detox from the daily onslaught of toxins we are exposed to, you can’t lose weight, you can’t even process emotions effectively! And now a study has revealed that even mild dehydration is equivalent to being over the drunk driving limit in terms of driver errors. Chronic, unacknowledged dehydration can even affect conditions like cholesterol and diabetes as this article relates!
I have made it my habit to drink at least one-half my body weight in ounces of water daily (and usually more) and include ¼ tsp of unprocessed, natural salt for every 32 oz., which enables the water to actually penetrate and hydrate your cells. Well before I ended up in the hospital and was home I was so blocked and so full I was not only unable to eat much (resulting in losing 13 lbs) I was also barely able to get a few sips of water down a day.
I was so miserable and uncomfortable that I did the best I could but it was woefully inadequate. Well when I was in ICU right after my surgery all I wanted was water and of course with a tube down your nose and throat you can’t drink anything. But my mouth was so dry!
Once I was out of ICU and in a regular room I was allowed to have clear liquids and my liquid of choice was water. But even though I was drinking water and they were continually giving me fluids intravenously, I wasn’t putting much out. I was so dehydrated that as quickly as the fluids would come in my cells were sucking it up! It took about 2 days of this to finally get to the point where my body was processing the fluids normally.
I would never want to allow myself to get into that situation ever again! You feel weak, lethargic and have trouble thinking clearly since your brain is mostly water and will feel the effects of dehydration first. It didn’t take long for it to happen (a matter of days) and thankfully we were able to reverse it fairly quickly as well. But I want to urge you to be sure to stay properly hydrated at all times.
Do you intentionally drink enough water to keep yourself well hydrated?
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