And along with that heat comes illnesses related to overheating. Some of them can cause you pain, unconsiousness and even death. They all have one thing in common, and that is dehydration.
Dehydration occurs when the body looses too much fluid without having it replenished. Or, when it is replenished with the WRONG type of fluids, like high acid load soda pop. It’s more common than you think and is estimated that MILLIONS of Americans live in a form of dehydration every day due to their underconsumption of water.
And as the weather gets warmer, more people head outside and exert themselves; therein lies the danger. Exercising, gardening or mowing the grass even in humid conditions helps you lose fluids. In hot, humid condition, you can seriously overheat to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and die.
Electrolyte disturbance, toxin buildup, elevated core temperture, acidosis.
The biggest concern is that most people just don’t drink enough water daily. So they exist in a compromised, partially dehydrated state continually. That exerts its own stress on the body. And it doesn’t take much additional stress to push them over the edge.
That wasn’t a problem in the old days when water, milk and Kool Aid were the primary beverages. Heck, today there are SO many choices that it isn’t surprising that sodas rank the #1 beverage drink. Caffienated beverages (coffee being #2) only help dehydrate the body even more as caffiene exerts a diuretic effect.
I’ve even met people who tell me that they HATE drinking water. Go figure – as the body is made up of more than 70% water!
Have you ever been thirsty? I mean really thirsty?
Did you notice that drinking a cola or a Dew just didn’t quench your thirst, no matter how much you drank? However a tall glass of homemade lemonade did?
Water, minerals and electrolytes.
Your body wasn’t craving acid load and sugar, it was craving free water, minerals and electrolytes! Those are the oil that makes the body machine run more efficiently, to make each cell run more efficiently.
Many American complain of ‘brain fog’ in the morning, something which could just be a symptom of dehydration. S0 they grab a coffee and high sugar snack to start off their day, instead of drinking some fresh water in the morning to jumpstart their system and help clean out the toxins.
The victious cycle repeats…
and builds upon itself.
And they wonder why they’re feeling tired, lethargic, sickly or faint!
The best way to avoid dehydration is to make sure youâ€™re drinking enough water. Making an conscious effort to drink plenty of water over the course of the day can have a great effect on your energy level, concentration and your overall well-being. Itâ€™s usually as simple as carrying around a water bottle or keeping a glass of water filled on your counter at home; if the water is there in front of you, youâ€™re more likely to drink it.
Today there are many great tasting waters available at your local convenience or health foods store. I usually make sure they are reverse osmosis and ozonated. It seems like more and more waters are coming over the the clean taste of reverse osmosis water. My favorite is Smart Water. Nestle and AquaFina both use reverse osmosis and now have a better taste than Dasani.
You can go even more high tech and magnitize your water for an additional treat.
Drink plenty of good clean water. It does the body good!