I drink enough water, so why am I still dehydrated?

Water! Good ol’ H20, Yo! Did you know that 75% of our human bodies are made up of water, and 25% is solid matter? As well, every living cell requires water (H20) to function. Water has two classic roles in all living matter: life-giving properties and life-sustaining properties.1 Water is life!

It’s estimated that a human wouldn’t survive past a week without water, with kidney’s starting to fail after 3-days and much less in extreme conditions. So, how important do you think water is for our health?!

Unfortunately, the majority of humans are not drinking enough pure and natural water daily, to support their bodies ability to stay healthy and strong. On average, depending on your activity level, most adults should be drinking about 3L of water every day. How much are you drinking in a day?

 

Dehydration – Your Body’s Cry for Water

why should I filter my water?

Pain is a sensation that indicates local chemical changes in the area around the nerves that monitor the acid/alkali balance. When you are dehydrated, your body doesn’t have what it needs to wash away acidic, metabolic waste products. Your nerves sense this change and report back to your brain’s pain centers.2 A dull and achy pain will increase over time, if you haven’t rehydrated your body well enough.

“The pains of dehydration include dyspeptic pain (indigestion or upset stomach), rheumatoid arthritis pain, anginal pain (heart pain when walking, or even at rest), low back pain, intermittent claudication pain (leg pain when walking), migraines, hangover headaches, colitis pain and its associated constipation, and false appendicitis pain.” 3

 

Not all liquids are hydrating

You may think drinking any kind of liquid like coffee, tea, pop and energy drinks are hydrating simply because, they are liquids. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Some liquids, like the ones previously mentioned have a dehydrating effect, many more than others due to caffeine, processed sugars and various other additives. Some say for every cup of coffee consumed, you need to drink 3 cups of water. This is because caffeine is a natural diuretic which forces more water out of the body. 4

To keep yourself properly hydrated, nothing replaces good ol’ H2O! There are definitely ways to improve the quality and composition of your water to support its absorption and make it more enjoyable to drink. Checkout the recipes at the end of this article!

 

Tap water just doesn’t cut it

Your geographic location will determine how pure your water supply is for consumption. Most municipal water has a level of impurities that shouldn’t be consumed. Nope, tap water isn’t pure!

 

Why is our drinking water polLuted?

Scientist examing toxic water.

Much like air pollution, there are many factors affecting the quality of water on our planet. 5

These include:

  • Industrial Waste
  • Improper treatment of sewage 
  • Landfill waste leaching into waterways
  • Marine dumping of garbage and litter into our waterways
  • Conventional agricultural runoff of chemical fertilizers
  • Air pollution
  • Improper disposal of household items (flushing either down the sink or toilet items like pharmaceuticals, over the counter medications, personal care items, paint and household cleaners.)
  • Treatment of municipal water (i.e. Chlorine, Fluoride, etc.)

Chlorine is used as a bacteria-killing agent. Federal regulations require it for the treatment of the water supplied to urban and suburban areas of America and much of Canada from surface sources such as lakes, reservoirs and rivers, constituting about 75 percent of water consumed. 6 However, what you may not understand is exposure to chlorine has potential health hazards and evidence of the close relationship between its exposure and adverse outcomes are particularly linked to cancers of vital organs in human beings.7 Many other studies have been conducted and links to birth defects 8, respiratory issues 9 and immune dysfunction 10 have all been found.

Soooo… it’s probably a good idea to think about filtering your water to be sure you reduce your exposure to potentially harmful impurities. You can also drink spring water as long as it’s from a reputable source.

 

Water Filtering 101

the benefits of filtered water

A solid carbon filter filters out toxic metals, chlorine, some fluoride, bacteria and other pathogenic microbes.11 There are many options to consider for water filtration systems: Jug/pitcher styles, those that attach to your tap and shower, home systems, etc.

 

Some of my favourites are:

Conduct your own research to determine what fits your budget and lifestyle the best.

Keep in mind, some water filtration systems do a really good job removing everything from your water, both impurities and healthy minerals (like the Berkey systems). Get the most out of your filtered water and make it absorbable, by making it alkaline and mineralized. An easy way to do so is to add fresh squeezed organic lemon and Himalayan salt to your filtered water. Or, check out some of our recipes ideas below.

 

The Dynamic Duo: Diet and Hydration

Eating a plant-centric diet full of organic whole fruits, veggies and superfoods will help you stay hydrated. Eating organic lessens your exposure to chemicals used in the conventional agricultural industry. Fruits, veggies and superfoods are like mother nature’s water carriers with added benefits of vitamins, minerals and other beautiful health promoting nutrients.  

 

Recipes – Water Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

Water, lemon and salt = Healthiest Electrolyte Drink

1 pint – Filtered Water

½ – Lemon, juiced

¼ tsp – Himalayan salt (minerals = electrolytes)

Supreme Sport Hydration Drink

 

Hibiscus iced tea in a glass jar, close-up.

Infused Water Recipes

 

Check out our Fresh Sips section to add more flavor to your beverages.   

 

Recommended Reading

If you want to dive deep into learning about the importance of water for your health, we highly recommend ‘Your Body’s Many Cries for Water’ by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. www.watercure.com

 

 

 

 

References

  1. Your Body’s Many Cries for Water book, F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., Page 16 
  2. Your Body’s Many Cries for Water book, F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., Page 23-24 
  3. Your Body’s Many Cries for Water book, F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., Page 24
  4. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-277X.2003.00477.x/full
  5. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691599001404
  6. http://www.oxyblast.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Negative-Effects-of-Chlorine.pdf
  7. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304389406012878
  8. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935101943622
  9. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ppul.20947/full
  10. http://www.oxyblast.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Negative-Effects-of-Chlorine.pdf
  11. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969709008717