Water is Life, But Unfortunately You Are Dehydrated

You are mostly made of water, one of the four basic elements of life on earth. Scientists estimate our bodies are made of at least 60% water1. Unfortunately, there is a good chance you are dehydrated right now. Some doctors think 75% of Americans are dehydrated2.

Chronic Dehydration is a Big Deal

Even the slightest dehydration can lead to a myriad of undesirable conditions, including headaches, bloating, fatigue, lack of focus, poor sleep, lowered immunity, emotional instability, urinary tract infections, joint pain, chronic disease, and the list goes on.

As you can see from the list above, there are a lot of good reasons to educate yourself and implement proper hydration. It is one of the most beneficial things you can do to improve your health, your vitality, and the quality of your life.

Fun fact: Did you know that on average, humans can only survive around 3 days without water, although they can survive upwards of 3 weeks without food?

"You are not sick, you are thirsty!"

-Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, Author of Your Body's Many Cries for Water

Top 8 Dehydrating Factors in Modern Society

  1. Coffee/Caffeinated Drinks – Of course, coffee and other caffeinated beverages, such as tea, are made with water, so they can be hydrating. Although, too much caffeine upregulates the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight), and leads to dehydration and muscle tightness.
  2. Chlorine in Tap Water and Pool Water – Chlorine is widely used in both tap water sources and swimming pools, and while it has many benefits for us humans, such as fighting  cholera, hepatitis A, dysentery, pee, poop, sweat, and saliva, it is also a dehydrating factor, that’s why your skin gets wrinkly when you swim in a chlorinated pool. Imagine what it’s doing to you internally when you drink it in tap water.
  3. Too much salt/salty foods – While unrefined, mineralized salt is essential for wellbeing, and helpful with water absorption and retention, too much salt is dehydrating. If you are consuming a lot of salt, especially during mealtime, you might benefit from reducing your salt intake. Take a few days off and notice if you feel more hydrated.
  4. Air conditioning and forced-air heating – During summers, air conditioning in your home dries the air, making it cooler, and during winters, forced-air heating systems dry the air by heating it. While it’s comfortable and healthy to regulate our body temperatures using cooling and heating systems, we need to be mindful of how they operate in order to avoid dehydration.
  5. Prescription and over-the-counter medications – Tylenol, Nyquil, Sudafed, Benadryl, Ambien… And the list goes on. Next time you or one of your family members takes medication, notice the dehydrating effects.
  6. Artificial lighting – Blue light is very taxing energetically. Blue light emitted from the same electronic devices that emit EMF, such as your phone, computer, tablet, and TV, as well as fluorescent lighting in department stores and offices, are energetically taxing and dehydrating. 
  7. EMF radiation – EMF emitted from electronic devices, such as your phone, computer, tablet, and TV, as well as 4G and 5G antennas placed in most cities, are taxing your body and dehydrating you.
  8. Alcoholic drinks – This is the most obvious dehydrating factor. Consuming alcohol is a habit lots of us use to change our state of consciousness. Unfortunately alcohol removes water and important nutrients from your body, so it’s wise to rehydrate, especially with electrolytes, while and after drinking alcohol.

Now that we understand how detrimental dehydration can be, and how prevalent it is, we’ll learn about water and how to optimally hydrate.

4 Basic Things You Need to Know About Water

  1. Food is mostly made of water – Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and animals, are all made of mostly water.
  2. Water contained in plants is more hydrating than water alone – Water in plants is already purified, alkaline, mineralized, full of nutrients, and structured. That’s why it’s best to hydrate with juicy foods, namely fruits, vegetables, and plants, rather than water alone. For more info, see How to Optimize Your Hydration.
  3. Full spectrum living water, a.k.a. liquid crystalline/structured water is the most revitalizing form of water – Most of the water in a healthy human body is in a liquid crystalline/structured state. Structured water is also responsible for keeping DNA healthy and stable, and for maintaining a strong electromagnetic field around it.
  4. Water has consciousness and it holds memories – Dr. Masaru Emoto, author of New York Times bestseller – The Hidden Messages in Water, has discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors. To conclude, water is conscious and is shaped by its environment, which sheds light on how you and I are shaped by our environment, as we’re mostly made of water.
1 Watson, P. E.; Watson, I. D.; Batt, R. D. (January 1980). “Total body water volumes for adult males and females estimated from simple anthropometric measurements” https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article-pdf/33/1/27/24152702/27.pdf
2 Ericson, John. ”75% of Americans May Suffer From Chronic Dehydration, According to Doctors.” Medical Daily. Medical Daily, 03 Jul 2013. Web. 15 Nov 2013. http://www.medicaldaily.com/75-americans-may-suffer-chronic-dehydration-according-doctors-247393
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