Tuesday 13 March 2012

Life Principle 3 - Hydration

Our bodies are made up of about 75-80% water, and it is involved in many functions. If we are not optimally hydrated we may not be aware of it, as our adrenals, kidneys, and colon help to keep water flowing inside us. 

This comes at a cost though - The first place the body steals water from when you are dehydrated is the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and colon. If the central nervous system looses water, one might feel anxious and wired, and if the colon is being robbed of water we can become constipated, and cannot properly detoxify, so we become toxic.

Metabolism (the use of energy to produce life in our cells) is vital for health, and along with sugar, water in optimal amounts is essential for optimal metabolism and detoxification. We need about 4oz (120 ml) of water per hour for optimal metabolism. This is good quality water, not soft drinks, alcohol, tea or coffee.

Good quality water with adequate minerals to help it to be absorbed in the body is best obtained from using a reverse osmosis filter, and adding a pinch of celtic sea salt per litre. Store and drink from glass bottle or glasses, not plastic. If you question this recommendation, ask for a water test from your local water provider - you'll be surprised at what you will find!

My last tip is to 'eat' your water - swill it around your mouth before swallowing, as this signals to your body that water is on the way the way, and directs it to where it needs to go, so you stay hydrated and healthy.

Damien Clements - Integrated Health Practitioner

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