Water Secrets for Optimal Health :
Balance is The Key
Everyone’s heard that we should be drinking eight glasses of water per day . Many of us do our best to stick to that amount no matter how difficult or easy it is.
If we’re active throughout the day, we need to drink more water to keep our bodies hydrated. However, if we’re sitting in an office for most of the day, we can end up drinking less.
One of the easiest ways to drink that essential amount is to just carry a water bottle around with us.
Whatever we may be doing at any particular moment (thinking out a work strategy, waiting for the bus or taking the elevator), it doesn’t take much effort to have a quick sip to keep our bodies hydrated.
Many of us may not know the signs that our body is crying for water. These include dehydration, headaches and fatigue. Sufficient water is vital for our optimal health. This cannot be overly stressed.
As with most things in life, there is a mid-point of balance. Just like fire is a wonderful thing keeping us warm and cooking our food, too much can burn you alive!
Water, too, can be a friend or foe. Many health fanatics take the 8-glass water recommendation to an extreme. There are consequences, as with our fire example above.
Few of us know the signs of over-hydration and drinking too much water. Too much can cause serious complications.
If you’ve trained yourself to drink water at every opportunity and indiscriminately (and exceed by far the 8-glass recommendation), it can quickly turn sour.
To help you determine if you’re drinking too much water, here are 4 symptoms of overhydration:
- Confusion and disorientation
These are just the basic symptoms of overhydration. If left untreated, you could suffer even more serious complications such as muscle weakness and cramps. You could even suffer seizures and end up in a coma.
If you think you drink excessive amounts ofwater and you encounter these issues, you must consult a medical professional immediately. Diagnosis is usually performed by testing the urine and blood or with a physical examination.
Too Much “Bad” Water
Bottled water exists because people around the world don’t feel safe about drinking tap water.
That’s quite understandable: tap water actually contains more fluoride , impurities, other chemicals and even lead from old pipes. These make tap water questionable for good health.
Your best choice is to drink distilled water or water purified by the reverse osmosis method.
If you do drink tap water, make sure it is filtered, distilled or has underdone reverse osmosis. If you’re unsure about the effects in your current location, then consult this berkey faq for more help.
In summary, water is VITAL for health. Our bodies are 75% water. Insufficient water leads to many diseases including degenerative ones like cancer, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Overhydration (as witnessed often in health fanatics) can lead to the complications we discussed above.