Dehydration occurs when the body doesn’t get as much water as it needs to function properly. It can be mild, moderate, or severe; depending on the amount of fluid your body is missing.
It is completely normal to lose water from the body daily by peeing, pooing, sweating, breathing, as well as through saliva and tears. You typically replace the lost water content by drinking fluid and eating foods which are high in water content. However, if you lose excess water or don’t drink/ eat enough, you can easily get dehydrated.
You can lose more water than usually with vomiting, excessing sweating, diarrhea, a fever, and peeling a lot (due to medications like water pills). It is also important to mention that many people often don’t replace the water they lose because they forget to drink enough, don’t feel like drinking because they have a sore throat, or they simply don’t realize they are thirsty.
While dehydration may not seem like a big deal, the truth is that it is associated with some quite serious health problems, such as brain fog, inflammatory bowel disease, type II diabetes, and even colon cancer. Insufficient hydration may also be a contributing factor to skin dryness and joint discomfort.
Body`s thirst signals are very often mistaken for symptoms of other diseases, and we gradually become chronically dehydrated. This means that if we address the root cause of the problem (dehydration), we may avoid many unnecessary medications and procedures.
Did you know that drinking water first thing after waking can have some pretty amazing effects on overall health? According to Ayurvedic medicine, the water therapy is known as “early morning water treatment,” cleanses the colon and boosts body`s ability to absorb nutrients from foods.
In the 1970s, the eminent, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj confirmed the positive effects of this ancient practice, through his own research. What he found was that water can heal migraines, asthma, arthritis, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, and more.
- Drink a 8oz glass of fluoride-free water, such as distilled water in the morning. Make sure you do this just upon waking up, before you eat or drink anything else.
- Don’t eat or drink for forty-five minutes after drinking the water.
- Drink a cup of water half an hour before meals
- Drink a cup of water two hours after each meal
This treatment would take about ten days to treat gastric issues and constipation, and a month to treat hypertension.
Additional Tip: Improving hydration is more than drinking water in the morning because we need hydration at cellular level. Experts recommend soaking chia seeds in filtered water and adding them to daily diet.