Are you struggling with enough energy or mental focus to get through your day or weight loss issues? Are you drinking too many sugary or caffeinated drinks to help you get by? Chronic dehydration and lack of nutrients could be part of the problem.
Over the past three decades, North Americans’ consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (a.k.a. pop or soda, juices, kid’s drinks) has skyrocketed. So, too, have rates of overweight, obesity and obesity-related diseases. It’s not a coincidence, a growing body of research points to a link between soft drinks, obesity and several health conditions, including type 2 diabetes.
There is too much sugar in the average North American diet. In the past 30 years, total calorie intake has increased by 150 to 300 calories per day and about half of this increase comes from soft drinks. Several studies have shown that sugar-sweetened beverages have a low are not satisfying like solid food is, and people aren’t lowering their food calories to compensate for too many liquid calories and as a result are gaining more weight year after year.
Many people have a hard time drinking plain water, because they want the ‘taste’ of a soda or juice and the ‘kick’ of a coffee or energy drink. People just don’t drink enough water, and too much caffeine acts a diuretic, making it even worse. Chronic dehydration is a real issue for many people and when this is the case, every organ and system in your body is affected. When the body is dehydrated, cells are depleted of energy. The cells then have to rely on energy generation from food rather than water. People tend to eat more when the body is thirsty. Also, the body will not metabolize fat unless the body is adequately hydrated to safely remove dangerous toxins that are often stored in fat cells, thus inhibiting weight loss.
Low-grade dehydration (versus acute and clinical dehydration) is a chronic, widespread problem that has major impacts on well-being, energy, appearance and resiliency. Christopher Vasey, ND, a Swiss naturopath and author of The Water Prescription (Healing Arts Press, 2006), believes that most people suffer regularly from this type of chronic dehydration because of poor eating and drinking habits.
Chronic dehydration can cause digestive disorders because our bodies need water to produce the digestive juices that aid the digestive process. If we don’t get that water, we don’t secrete enough digestive juices, and a variety of problems — such as gas, bloating, nausea, poor digestion and loss of appetite — can ensue.
Bottom Line: If you’re not actively focusing on hydrating throughout the day, there’s a good chance you could be at least somewhat dehydrated, which could be negatively affecting your energy, vitality and immunity — as well as your appearance. Drinking enough water is critical for weight loss. Experiment with drinking more water throughout the day and eating water rich foods such as vegetables. You may observe an almost immediate difference in your well-being, and even if you don’t, establishing good hydration habits now will do many good things for your cellular health over the long haul. But that doesn’t mean you need to down eight glasses exactly, or that if you run a little shy of 64 ounces, then something awful is going to happen. Just be aware that the fewer vegetables, fruits and legumes you are eating, and the more dried, processed or chemical-laced foods you include in your diet, the more water you’ll need to consume to compensate.
It’s also not just about water. It takes a delicate balance of nutrients, minerals, and electrolytes to get and keep water where it needs to be — properly hydrating your bloodstream, your tissues and your cells. Minerals, especially electrolytes and trace minerals, are essential to maintaining cellular equilibrium. Minerals help transport water into the cells, where they also activate enzymes. And enzymes are the basis of every biological process in the body, from digestion to hormone secretion to cognition. Without minerals, enzymes get sluggish and the body suffers.
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