Feb 192013

Water is one of the most important substances in the human body. In fact, about 60% of the human body is comprised of water. Water plays an important function in almost every bodily process, including metabolism, digestion, elimination of wastes, nervous system function, respiration, and regulation of body temperature. However, most people do not consume enough water to replenish the quantities of water lost by perspiration, evaporation, and metabolism. Moreover, most individuals tend to consume significant quantities of diuretics such as coffee, teas, sodas, and alcohol that rob the body of its much needed water. Due to a general under-consumption of water and an exaggerated consumption of diuretics, people tend to live in a constant state of dehydration.

Dehydration occurs in two forms: clinical and sub-clinical. Clinical dehydration occurs when bodily processes begin to break down due to a lack of sufficient fluids in the body. Sub-clinical dehydration also causes malfunctioning of the bodily processes; however, the malfunctioning is not able to be detected by modern medical means. Some signs and symptoms of sub-clinical dehydration are thirst (yes, thirst is one sign of dehydration), dry eyes, poor digestion, achy joints, tight muscles, and general fatigue. When prolonged, sub-clinical dehydration can result in clinical dehydration.

To combat dehydration and retain proper fluid levels in the body, studies recommend consuming half of your body weight in fluid ounces of water every day, ie. a 200 lb person should consume 100 oz. of pure water per day. With proper hydration, a person will likely experience less aches and pains, improved digestion, weight loss, and a general sense of improved health.

To learn more about the importance of water, contact Dr. Nick at drnick@wildernesschiropractic.com.

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