Water makes up nearly 85 percent of our brain, about 80 percent of our blood and about 70 percent of lean muscle. As our bodies are one-half to four-fifths water, then a lack of water – dehydration – could impact our health.
How much we need to drink is dependent on variables such as age, weight, geographic, social, and cultural variables also play a role in determining how much water consumption is appropriate. The trouble is that so much of what we need is situational. Moderation and common sense would say, when you’re thirsty, take a drink and drink what you need.
Effects of Dehydration
Dehydration causes people to be less able to perform at their peak and its presence sets people up for weight gain, joint and muscle pain, fuzzy thinking, disease, and fatigue. Dehydration can cause irritability, anxiety, depression, food cravings, and allergies. Emergency thirst signals include feeling sick upon rising in the morning, heartburn, migraines, angina, joint pain, back pain, colitis pain, fibromyalgic pain, constipation, late-onset diabetes, and hypertension.
What about the elderly? Among people over 65, dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalization. Also, as growth hormone production decreases in our early twenties, the thirst response also decreases. As we age and become less aware of being thirsty and drink less water, the water content within cells decreases so that cellular water can be redistributed to the brain and other vital functions. But recommendations to increase fluid intake to eight 8-oz glasses of water in the elderly may need to be regulated due to a possible elevated risk of over hydration. Their body’s cells may not be effectively moving water through the system. Thus researchers suggest that fluid intake for the elderly be increased during periods of acute thermal stress.
Slight dehydration can sap your energy and make you feel lethargic. A mere two percent drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. Athletic performance can drop by as much as 20 – 30% if you lose as little as four percent of your body’s water during exercise. Lack of water triggers daytime fatigue in many people.
Dehydration is prevalent among people who drink caffeinated coffee, tea, and sodas. Americans consume about 21% of their calories from beverages. Many adults especially those over 60 often drink only when thirsty and may get only 90% of what they need.
Dehydrated cells shrivel;
back and joint pain
Drinks to avoid
Soft drinks, sodas, and caffeine containing coffee or tea, as well as alcohol containing drinks reduce the effectiveness of our water transfer systems in our body. Through reverse osmosis the body filters and injects water into cells which causes it to raise blood pressure to overcome the osmotic pull of water out of the cells. That’s why high-blood pressure can be linked to dehydration. Alcohol stops the process of reverse osmosis and reduces the effects of our cell’s filtering system
Energy drinks like Red Bull “have huge amounts of caffeine — which can be a diuretic and can even have a laxative effect,” says Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. This can worsen the dehydration often experienced with heavy exercise.
Benefits of Cells being Hydrated
Decrease the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, and bladder cancer.
Regulates your body temperature
Enabling waste removal it lessens the burden on your kidneys and liver as well as dissolving vitamins, minerals and other nutrients so your body can use them.
What to Drink??
ClusterX2 for cellular hydtration
LaVie for a healthy Energy Drink,