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Importance of staying hydrated in Autumn and Winter

Importance of staying hydrated

Staying Hydrated during Autumn and Winter

 

Autumn has well and truly arrived after one of the wettest Augusts on record. Days are shorter and decidedly cooler and damper and there’s a great temptation to stay indoors more where it’s warmer and dryer.  Do remember though to keep up your water intake as our bodies can lose a surprising amount of fluid in hot stuffy homes and offices. Central heating can be very drying and your body needs adequate water to do all the necessary things that we take for granted. Most people know that their kidneys need a regular supply of water to efficiently excrete toxins and unwanted waste from their bodies but did you know that your brain is made up of 76 % water and is actually like a sponge – even slight dehydration will slow your thought processes and can cause headaches.  Your lungs are approximately 90 % water and will soon start to wheeze if water runs low in your system. The delicate lining of your digestive system can be easily damaged if you eat when you’re dehydrated. The point is that water isn’t static in the cells of our bodies it is a vital part of all bodily processes and is constantly on the move. If your body is short of water for vital functions it will take it from wherever it can – the lungs and bowels will usually be the first places to be targeted – so if you’re wheezy or constipated a few glasses of water at regular intervals could help tremendously.  A rough guide to your body’s level of hydration can be gained next time you go to the loo. Urine should be pale, straw coloured and clear. If it’s scant and dark in colour it may be time to increase your fluid intake. And if you don’t drink much water because you suffer from fluid retention – which can actually be one of the signs of dehydration – it may be time to think again.

To gain more insight into how your body needs and uses water, a very good place to start is “Your Bodies Many Cries for Water” by Dr. Batmanghelidg – see our Book Review for further details.

Written by Janette G Pearson


September 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm
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