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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 Comments (0)

How much water should you drink during summer?

How much water should you drink?

Importance of staying Hydrated during summer

Phew! What a scorcher of a heat wave we’ve just had this summer! Most of us in the UK have probably developed webbed feet during the endless weeks of rain that preceded it and maybe didn’t give much thought to drinking water then as we were surrounded by so much of the stuff. However, as we all know our weather can change in an instant… and once the rain finally stopped and the sizzling  July sun came out,  if you didn’t increase your fluid intake quite as quickly as the weather changed you may have been caught out. It’s far easier in this country to become dehydrated than you might think. The symptoms of dehydration are often easily confused with other problems – dry, wrinkly skin, hunger, dizziness, constipation/diarrhoea, stiff joints, headaches, confusion etc. – the list is pretty long. Over the years I’ve met young Mums at the school gate with thumping headaches and elderly people disoriented and confused – and all have felt better after just one good sized glass of water. Our bodies are designed to run on water with our systems requiring adequate amounts of water to work effectively. So is it any wonder that drinking even slightly less than your body needs can cause serious problems? General guidelines suggest 1.5 – 2 litres of water per day, and even more if you are exercising or the weather is really hot.  If you’d like to find out more about the potential illnesses caused by chronic dehydration a really good place to start is “Your Bodies Many Cries For Water” by Dr. Batmanghelidj.

Written by Janette G Pearson


August 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm Comments (0)