The Water Cure
Do you already know everything you need to know about water? You may be surprised. The following are a few tidbits that you may not know.
Note: The following information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. Consult a licensed health professional for diagnosis and treatment of illness and injuries, and before making any changes to your medications or diet.
Your body can still be dehydrated despite drinking the recommended amount of water. The proper ratio of salt to water is necessary to maintain proper hydration and to generate hydroelectric energy needed for cell to cell communication.
The Recommended Amount of Water
*Note: Most people will benefit from increasing their water consumption when they are fighting an illness, battling extra stress, exercising, lactating, or perspiring.
Signs of Mild Dehydration:
Progressing Signs of Dehydration:
Chronic or Severe States of Dehydration Can Lead To or Worsen:
Allergies and Asthma
When the body is dehydrated, it releases histamine. Histamine swells the body's tissues, including the air sacs of the lungs. This results in constriction of the airways and shortness of breath.
According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj, MD, water and salt are two very strong, natural anti-histamines. For an asthma or allergy attack, he recommends drinking 3-4 glasses of water followed by a few grains of salt on the tongue. My sister-in-law recently had an asthma attack and was able to avoid a trip to the emergency room by following this suggestion!
Tear production decreases with dehydration, leading to eyes that feel dry, and easily irritated by sun, wind, smoke, or pollen. It is amazing how much better your eyes feel when you are properly hydrated. Adding Omega 3's (ground flaxseeds and fish oil) to your diet is another great natural remedy for dry eyes.
Note: For more information, please read the books listed in the reference section below.
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