Consequences of Dehydration
Many chronic symptoms that may result from dehydration include headaches, sleep disturbances, tiredness/fatigue, stress and anxiety, muscle cramps, kidney stones, high blood pressure, joint and back pain, constipation, dry skin, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, confusion and water retention and bloating. Failure to recognize that these symptoms relate to dehydration can lead to permanent or chronic disease states such as diabetes, auto-immune disorders including arthritis, gall bladder disease, intestinal diseases, hormonal imbalance, and cardiovascular and neurological disorders.
Recognizing that we are dehydrated becomes difficult for adults because we expect to notice the same symptoms of thirst that we experienced as children, like dryness in the mouth and related oral sensations. However after we reach around 30 years of age these sensations diminish and as a result we often don’t register thirst until we reach a significant level of dehydration. Instead we often confuse the symptoms of thirst and hunger and that leads us to eat more rather than drink water. This results in further dehydration since the digestion process also requires water. More common symptoms of dehydration include headache, dizziness, heart palpitations, constipation and irritability.
Water Retention and Bloating in Women
Water retention is particularly a problem in women due to the exacerbation of symptoms by hormonal imbalances. This leads to high levels of fatigue, significant weight gain, mood disturbances and general discomfort due to bloating. The problem is compounded by the false belief that drinking water will lead to greater water retention and instead many opt for pharmaceutical products like diuretics that only serve to increase dehydration. Instead eat foods that naturally balance water levels and avoid foods that increase water retention. Drink more water. The body needs time to re-adjust to increased water intake before it will switch off the mechanism leading to water retention.
How to Eliminate Bloating and Water Retention
- Correct your diet. Most of us do not eat a healthy diet. The best diet for correcting many digestive disorders and bloating is the liver cleansing diet. Do this for 8 weeks; it will make a large difference.
- Drink at least 6 glasses of filtered water per day whether you think you are thirsty or not. If your urine is not pale and clear, increase your water intake.
- Limit intake of caffeine to one cup of tea or coffee per day. Replace the rest with herbal teas.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes per day, cardiovascular type exercises such as jogging are best and cheapest.
- Do not take diuretics for general water retention, except on medical advice.
- Eliminate high salt foods from your diet, especially packaged and processed foods.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Drink an additional glass of water for every glass of alcohol.
Liver Cleansing Diet
How to Become a Regular Jogger
Correcting Hormonal Imbalance
How Much Water is Enough?
A good source of information on the dangers of dehydration, how this condition affects body functions and natural healing can be found here.
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