Deficiency: a lack or shortage, especially of something essential to health; an insufficiency.
Nutritional deficiency is rarely considered in terms of getting enough water, but it should be. The human body can go for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. Water is as vital to every cell as proper nutrition, but how do you know if you’re getting enough?
Most of us don’t really know what dehydration looks like. As a result it creeps in slowly and undetected until it becomes a chronic condition. Chronic dehydration is a major, underlying cause of many common ailments and diminishes physical, visuomotor, psychomotor and cognitive performance.
The Signs of Chronic Dehydration
FATIGUE: Water is extremely important for energy production. For every 1% drop of water in your cells, energy production is cut by 10%. Dehydration also slows enzymatic activity, causing an imbalance in the acid/alkaline balance, which leads to fatigue.
DARK URINE: When you’re dehydrated your body stops relying on fresh water coming in and begins re-using what it has (ie. Urine). As your kidneys recycle urine, it will become more concentrated and darker in color. The darker the urine, the more acid in your body.
ECZEMA: Without enough water your body cannot sweat enough water to dilute toxins, as a result these toxins irritate the skin.
CONSTIPATION or DIGESTIVE DISORDERS: here again the body recycles water when it’s scare. Colon muscles will contract to absorb water back into circulation. This can result in harder stool and weakened colon walls, which can develop small pockets in the colon known as divierticuli.
HIGH and LOW BLOOD PRESSURE: The blood is largely composed of water. Dehydration can reduce the blood volume by reducing the water content of the blood. It can cause orthostatic hypotension (sudden low blood pressure, dizzy spell) fainting, and even shock in extreme cases.
Signs of Acute Dehydration
Dry mouth, extreme thirst, white lips, and muscle pain in your body.
Correct timing to drink water, will maximize its effectiveness on the Human body.
Two glasses of water - After waking up - Helps activate internal organs
One glass of water - 30 minutes before meal - Help digestion
One glass of water - Before taking a bath - Helps lower blood pressure
One glass of water - Before sleep - To avoid stroke or heart attack
The Best Sources of Water
Living foods- all fruits and vegetables contain abundant water in its purest form, they are also sources of electrolytes too! Of course a supply of purified water is also recommended, distilled water is the best.