Our bodies need at least 8-12 glasses of good quality water per day. Do you drink enough?
Did you know?
- Ninety five percent of the time when you are foggy or unclear it is due to lack of water.
- Dehydration is a major cause in daytime fatigue, nausea, headache, lethargy, and constipation.
- Just a 5% drop in body water can cause up to 30% loss of energy in the average person,
- Many times we confuse hunger with thirst. One glass of water shuts down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a university study.
- Next time you have a stomachache, try slowly drinking a glass of water to possibly relieve the pain within 15 minutes.
- With increased water intake, you may need to increase your salt intake as well (to keep the water inside of the cells). Please talk with your doctor regarding this if you have high blood pressure.
Some disorders that may have dehydration as a factor
- Heartburn, asthma, stomach pain, rheumatoid pain, arthritis, back pain, migraine, leg pain when walking, fibromyalgia, colitis, angina, morning sickness, hangover, depression, high blood pressure, kidney issues, and more…
Ways to determine if you are properly hydrated
- Dark yellow urine (while not taking vitamins) may indicate dehydration.
- Take the Skin Turgor Test. Gently lift up skin on back of hand to form a small tent. Release and if the “tent” remains, you may be dehydrated.
- Get a Bioimpedance Analysis to measure total water status and to determine if the water distribution is healthy (is it mostly inside or outside of the cells?). It also measures cell membrane integrity (which is essential in keeping water levels high inside the cells).
- The red blood cell (RBC) markers on your Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis may indicate dehydration in many individuals.
San Diego Water Quality
- The Environmental Working Group rated our city water at 92 of 100 cities tested.
- EWG rated big city (population over 250,000) water utilities based on three factors: the total number of chemicals detected since 2004; the percentage of chemicals found of those tested; and the highest average level for an individual pollutant, relative to legal limits or national average amounts, including for the most common pollutants (disinfection byproducts, nitrate and arsenic).
- You might considering filtering your tap water with a carbon block filtering system to remove impurities (but understand that this will not take out fluoride). You might also want to filter your shower water as we also absorb toxins through our skin (especially with hot water opening up our pores).
- Checkout the Fluoride Action Network to learn more about the effects of fluoride in our drinking water.