An estimated 75 percent of North Americans are chronically dehydrated and fail to drink the minimum amount of water the6y need per day!
The old adage of 8 glasses a day is no longer true. Rather, think about how much you weigh and divide that number in half. That's how many ounces of water you should drink per day!For instance, a person who is 200 pounds, should drink 100 oz. of water per day to be adequately hydrated. (That's 12.5 glasses of water!)
An athlete with a high level of muscle mass should drink even more, about two-thirds of their body weight in ounces per day. If you live in higher altitudes like I do currently, it may take more then that ratio to compensate for "altitude sickness", so I recommend the two thirds ratio as a guide. I met a college student recently, who moved to a higher elevation to attend college and he said he drank three times more water to function then he did at his home elevation state. Remember, you can dehydrate quicker at higher altitudes as well!
Thirst isn't always a reliable gauge of the body's need for water, especially in children and older adults.Drink frequently throughout the day. To test, stick out you arm and slightly pinch your skin with your fingers and lift. If you see what the medical profession called "tenting", you are dehydrated. Your skin should be tight enough not to tent and spring back. Your urine should be clear, not amber or bright yellow Some supplements, such as Vit B, medications and food that can discolor your urine. .
Drinking enough water is age defying as well. Not only does it hydrate and sooth your internal organs, but it smooths out wrinkles to make you more youthful looking, rather then shallow with dark circles. And you do not smoke right? Right! Smoking and drinking alcohol dehydrates your body and your body doesn't assimilate the much needed nutrients from your food!
Not all fluids are created equal
Many people believe all liquids supply adequate hydration or don't like to drink water so thinking they are compensating, yes, will drink other products. Yes, there are some people do not like water, more about that later.
Some beverages tend to dehydrate because of their caffeine and sugar content. Caffeine has a diuretic effect on the body, which makes you urinate more frequently than you usually need to–very counter-productive to proper hydration. Drinks such as coffee, milk and juice all require water from the body to be properly digested. Alcohol and some medications can lead to increased fluid loss as well. I don't advocate the use of the very popular energy and sports drinks, many contain ingredients that can counteract with medications, or casuse an allergy. A GREAT isotonic beverage is unsweetened coconut juice. Great for after exercising, surgeries, or just a refreshing addition to your nutritional program. Great for digestion. Watch the natural sugar intake as it is usually 10 grams of sugar in it. (divide grams of sugar by four to know how many teaspoons of sugar you are ingesting. It is always better to eat frutose with the fiber)
Mild to moderate dehydration symptoms include
Dry, sticky mouth
Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
Decreased urine output — no wet diapers for three hours for infants and eight hours or more without urination for older children and teens
Few or no tears when crying
Dizziness or lightheadedness
Muscle and joint pain
Keeping your body hydrated can actually elimate these problems if dehydration is the reason. A woman reported some of these very symptoms to me and when I suggested she drink more water, she looked at me with disbelief and said, "It can't be THAT simple! Oh, yes, but it can be!
Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause:
Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults
Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
Lack of sweating
Little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be dark yellow or amber
Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn't "bounce back" when pinched "tenting"
In infants, sunken fontanels — the soft spots on the top of a baby's head
Low blood pressure
No tears when crying
In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness
When to see a doctor
If you're a healthy adult, you can usually treat mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more water.
Get immediate medical care if you develop severe signs and symptoms such as extreme thirst, a lack of urination, shriveled skin, dizziness and confusion.
Now... what about hypnosis and drinking water?
Healthy Helpful Hypnosis is a perfect modality to assist you in drinking more water, enjoying drinking water and help to eliminate cravings for harmful drinks such as soda, and to eliminate poor nutritional habits while encouraging you to make better choices toward making decisions for a healthier lifestyle. Hypnosis makes life so much easier. Why struggle to lose weight, stop smoking, or other changes you want to make, when it is so much easier to use hypnosis and be hypnotized by me?
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