If you are thirsty you are too late
Although you can make it three weeks without food, you will perish after three days to a week without water.
It’s like being one step ahead:
It’s like being early with everything. Going to work early, showing up early at a meeting, going to bed early. Being one step ahead kind of means you are in control and that you are mentally prepared and not rushing to catch up.
The same is true with hydration. You will notice that when you are constantly thirsty, you feel behind.
I personally think more clearly when I am hydrated (because then I am ahead). Otherwise I experience mental fatigue (then I am behind). It also prevents cramping in muscles when I train Martial Arts. I have accidentally trained when I was dehydrated and it was not fun at all. In fact, it can be very dangerous. Some athletes are at a risk of dying if they train hard in the heat. They can die within hours.
How much H2O?
You know how the earth is 71% water? Well, our bodies are kind of the same. Cool, huh?
According to medical statistics the brain and heart are each composed of 73% water, lungs are about 83% water, skin is 63% water, muscles and kidneys are 79% water, and bones are 31%.
How much water should one person drink each day to keep her/his body hydrated? Since we lose water daily from sweating, urine, and exhaling, a person will do good by drinking around 1, 2 to 3 liters of water per day. However this changes when the same person is either ill or physically active.
2 to 3 liters of water is a lot for those who are not even used to drinking 1 liter a day. But if this person begins to drink more water each day until they reach the standard amount, they will notice a difference in their energy level. There is a good saying “The proof of the pudding is in the eating”. In other words, the real value of something can be judged only from practical experience or results, and not from appearances or theory.
Just try it.
When we are thirsty we are not on our way to becoming dehydrated. When we are thirsty we are past the point of dehydration. When an adult loses 2% of his total body fluids through breathing, sweating, urine and bowel movements, mild dehydration sets in.
These are some symptoms of mild dehydration:
- Loss of appetite
- Dry skin
- Dark colored urine
- Fatigue or weakness
More serious symptoms if an adult’s total body fluid loss is between 5% to 10%:
- Increased heart rate
- Increased body temperature
- Muscle cramps
- Chest and abdominal pains.
The purposes of maintaining the right amount of water in our bodies are:
- to flush toxins out of our vital organs
- to carry nutrients to our cells.
- allows our cells to grow, reproduce and survive.
- lubricates joints
- needed by the brain to manufacture hormones and neurotransmitters.
- acts as a shock absorber for spinal cord and brain
- helps deliver oxygen all over the body
It is very important to understand that fruits and vegetables have a high content of water too. For example, watermelon and spinach contain 90% water by weight.
In my future articles I will talk about the different waters and why they matter. It is ongoing research I would like to share with you.
I will talk about the different molecule sizes of water particles in various waters and how they affect absorption.
In the meantime, if you found this article interesting, you will enjoy reading “How Well Do You Know Yourself?”, where I talk about how personal self awareness empowers and wakes us up from the dangers of our daily “sleep walking”, while also challenging our self knowledge (Do others know you more than you know yourself?).
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