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Water, yes, simple, simple water (than why is it so hard for us to drink it?)
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Transports vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glucose, hormones, enzymes and other substances throughout your body Assists chemical reactions such as the burning of glucose and the breakdown of fat for energy Carries digestive juices Lubricates joints (=less joint pain) eyeballs, nasal passages, and the intestines Is a shock absorber for your eyes and spinal cord Maintains your body temperature - cools it by evaporation from the skin and lungs, throws off heat when blood is circulated near the body's surface - helps retain warmth in winter Removes wastes through the kidneys and helps solid waste pass through the intestines
Here are some interesting facts:
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75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (This likely applies to half the world population) Even MILD dehydration will slow down metabolism as much as 3%. A glass of water cut the midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of dieters studied, which to me means that during the day, as I drink water, it will cut down on my urges to eat from boredom or stress. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day (half of that coming from food and drinks other than plain water) could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers. A mere 2% 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. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day?
Do the symptoms in bold sound familiar?
Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration
Pain may be a warning of localized thirst; that is, the pain signal may be a warning of dehydration in that specific area (a regional thirst), for example low back pain, migraine headache, joint pain, and angina. Chronic dehydration may contribute to a reduction in lymph flow, which in turn may contribute to or cause varied problems.
Obvious signs of dehydration include: crinkled skin, dry mouth, excess thirst or absence of urination for over six hours. Body aches, headaches, migraines, etc Treatment and Prevention of Dehydration
It is a common error to substitute tea, coffee, caffeine-containing soft drinks, or alcoholcontaining beverages for water. Do not consider alcoholic beverage, soda, coffee or tea as an equal substitute for water. Caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics, further increasing your water needs. Remember that approximately half of your daily water intake comes from the food that you eat, so you only need to drink around half of your suggested requirement directly.
Calculate your overall daily need by taking your weight in kilograms (or your weight in pounds divided by 2), in ounces per day. For example, 140lbs / 2 = 70oz; 70oz / 8 = about 9 cups per day. For me, I, ugh, weigh 175/2=87.5/8oz=10.9«.I need to drink 10-11 8oz glasses of water daily. That is 80oz«.now some of that can come from food and drinks other than plain water. But basically I need about a half of a gallon of water per day. What am I going to do«..fill a container with that amount each day and make sure I drink it all within that day.
It is recommended by some that you not drink water with meals, unless you need to. Other doctors believe that the stomach needs a certain consistency to do its job and if we don't drink enough with our meals the stomach pulls water from the blood stream; if we drink too much with our meals the excess water simply gets absorbed. The logical recommendation, therefore, is to try both and see what works best for you.
Good times to drink water are on rising, at least 1/2 hour before meals and 2-3 hours after eating, and before bed. You need more if the temperature is hot and if you exercise. A general rule is to
add an extra 2 glasses per day for every 5°F over 85°F if you are at rest, and more if you exercise. Yikes, and the summers here get to be, on average, 100¶. That is 6 extra glasses, 48 extra oz«.. The thing that freaked me out was this«.if I don¶t drink enough water, if I am stressing, I get IBS which means my body does not absorb water. This leads to dehydration. Now my body is not keeping in balance with all bodily chemicals. It¶s trying to pull water from other places like muscles, lungs, tissue, and our different systems which all have toxins and then we have toxins going through our kidneys, intestines, and now we are in pain again. It is another of our vicious cycles. Drink your water«««««.. JodieLyn Soto/Fibromite & Chronic Pain Survivor