Put Down the Soda, Drink Water Instead
Water is the basic cleansing agent for detoxification, working to flush every individual cell of toxins. Without enough water, we are like stagnant pools that grow crud and stink. A body that is stagnant essentially poisons itself because it can't throw off toxins; they just accumulate. And accumulated toxins spell trouble in a myriad of forms.
Without enough water joints dry up and arthritis becomes a problem. Without enough water, constipation develops, allowing toxins to build up in the colon. Those toxins are absorbed into the rest of the body and can trigger such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and leaky gut syndrome. If a condition develops that has an unknown source, drinking plenty of water could certainly help and sure won't hurt.
On the soft drink front, the phosphorus content of soda is extremely high which has the effect of pulling calcium out of the body. Caffeine content is extremely high, and of course the sugar content is a major factor in the obesity problem in this country. High soda consumption is deadly. Your body needs pure water, not all the garbage in carbonated drinks. Your body had to deal with whatever you put into it, and anything you drink that isn't water has to be processed through your kidneys. Our food supply and environment is contaminated to the point that the toxic load on our bodies is quite high, so your kidneys are having to work hard all the time at best. Drinking water will help your body deal with that load.
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Drink Water to Clean Out the Crud
Just making that one adjustment in diet, drinking at least 64 oz of good, filtered water per day, will begin the regeneration process and thus will work to help in overcoming fatigue and a run-down immune system. When your cells are provided the water they need to function properly, all your systems will begin to operate more efficiently- they will be able to throw off toxins, enzymes will begin to function as they are supposed to, and the processes of metabolism will be energized. This is the first step toward healthy cell regeneration, and with energized metabolism, you will be more apt to lose weight. (Check out Benefits of Drinking Water to Lose Weight.)
Some believe that if your body is not getting enough water, it will start storing all the water it can because it goes into survival mode. Then edema will be the result. As sufficient water is provided, the body quits retaining fluid, and natural thirst returns.
Water helps regulate your body temperature, it acts as a lubricant, it transports nutrients throughout your body, and of course it is the primary method your body uses to flush toxins from cells. Dehydration can even impair your thinking processes. (See The Importance of Water and Your Health.)
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Dehydration: Watch Your Elderly Parents
She was given intravenous fluids and sent home to drink, drink, drink. Slowly she came back out of it, but after doing a little online research, I discovered that a couple of her long-standing complaints could be traced back to dehydration. Here is a list of symptoms I found at WebMD.com:
Dry mouth and swollen tongue
Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
Inability to sweat
Decreased urine output
Urine color may indicate dehydration. If urine is concentrated and deeply yellow or amber, you may be dehydrated.
As the body fluid level decreases, organs receive less and less blood, making blood vessels constrict and the heart work faster. Toxins build up, muscles may cramp, and abdominal pain may occur. If left untreated, coma will result.
One of the notable symptoms I noticed was confusion. As our parents are aging, I learned that bladder infections can also cause confusion, and I'd think dehydration would make those much more likely.
Dehydration apparently escapes the notice of doctors, so it is wise to be aware of the symptoms. Particularly watch your elderly parents- once confusion kicks in, they are apt to get their medications messed up, get confused trying to prepare meals, get confused on the road if they still drive, innumerable scenarios.
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Filtered water is important; if you don't buy a filter, you'll be a filter. All sorts of contaminants come in municipal and well water including chlorine in city water, and parasites, bacteria and farm chemical run-off in well water. Even fluoride isn't a good thing; check that one out online sometime. Fluoride in your toothpaste is one thing because you spit that back out, but in the water supply it is a whole different matter.
Countertop pitchers with charcoal filters are a good step in the right direction, and very inexpensive. Next step up is the kind that attaches to your faucet. More thorough under-the-sink varieties are available if you can afford them.
Your body can't cleanse itself as it should as long as it's not receiving sufficient good quality water to do so. Step one in the detox process should be to get a filter of one kind or another and start drinking at least 64 oz per day. This will get you going in the right direction on the way to regaining your health.
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Watercure.com is a site by the author of several books on the subject. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D. has done an enormous amount of research into the action of water in the body. His conclusions show that chronic dehydration can be at the root of many ills including arthritis, high cholesterol, angina, heartburn, diabetes and even cancer. His books are well worth reading.
Your Body's Many Cries for Water by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D. Twenty years of research is presented here showing how water should be the basic, first-line treatment for most degenerative diseases.
How to Deal With Back Pain and Rheumatoid Joint Pain by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, M.D. How simply increasing water intake can greatly improve back and joint pain. Includes simple exercises that allow disks to rehydrate and move back into place.
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