TOP 10 REASONS WE NEED TO DRINK WATER – This is especially important for those with migraine and/or migraine-associated vertigo.
1) Water is the substance of life. Life can not exist without water. We must constantly be adding fresh water to our body in order to keep it properly hydrated. We can only survive 3 – 4 days without water.
2) The body is comprised of 70 – 75% water and this ratio must be maintained for good health. This is the most important element we put into our body. Dehydration can occur at any time of the year, not only during the summer months when it is hot. The dryness that occurs during winter can dehydrate the body even quicker than when it’s hot. Many victims of diseases such as cholera die primarily through dehydration, not from the disease itself.
3) It is difficult for the body to get water from any other source than water itself. Soft drinks and alcohol steal tremendous amounts of water from the body to properly digest the high levels of sugar. Even other beverages such as coffee, milk and juice act similarly.
4) Water plays a vital role in nearly every bodily function. Since the blood is 90% water and the brain consists of about 96% water, you should drink only the best quality water.
5) Water is essential for proper digestion, nutrient absorption and chemical reactions. “Wetter Water,” of hexagonal molecular structure created by the electrolysis process, can permeate the cellular membranes easier, resulting in increased benefits from food or medication.
6) Water is essential for proper circulation in the body and vital to every cell.
7) Water helps remove toxins from the body, in particular from the digestive tract. Acidosis is the body’s worst enemy. Ionized water can help reverse this condition.
8) Water regulates the body’s cooling system, so be sure to drink 8 – 10 glasses per day.
9) Consistent failure to drink enough water can lead to chronic cellular dehydration. This is a condition where the body’s cells are never quite hydrated enough leaving them in a weakened immune state and vulnerable to attack from disease. It weakens the body’s overall immune system and leads to chemical, nutritional an pH imbalances that can cause a host of diseases.
10) Good Alkaline Water, with a pH of 7.5 – 8, helps to balance the acidity created in the body from food digestion, exercise or even stress. Diseases flourish in an acidic environment.
OFFICIAL RECOMMENDATION: You should drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day to provide you MINIMUM water replacement requirements, e.g. 160 lbs. = 80 oz. Water.
I find that recommendation, which was put out by some organization, like Weight-Watchers, is way to much. I would be wetting my bed every night. But, its true that you cannot tell by “feel” when you’re dehydrated.
See previous post about the Health of Your Tongue. Check your tongue.
Below are the signs and symptoms of dehydration according to the Mayo Clinic. I personally find that I get nauseous and fatigued, as a first sign. If you suffer with migraine and/or migraine-associated vertigo, you will see that headache is among the first symptoms of dehydration.
Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:
- 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
- Dry skin
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause:
- Extreme thirst
- 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
- Sunken eyes
- Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
- In infants, sunken fontanels — the soft spots on the top of a baby’s head
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- No tears when crying
- In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness
Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always a reliable gauge of the body’s need for water, especially in children and older adults. A better indicator is the color of your urine: Clear or light-colored urine means you’re well hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration.
When to see a doctor If you’re a healthy adult, you can usually treat mild to moderate dehydration by drinking more fluids, such as water or a sports drink (Gatorade, Powerade, others).
Get immediate medical care if you develop severe signs and symptoms such as extreme thirst, a lack of urination, shriveled skin, dizziness and confusion.
Treat children and older adults with greater caution. Call your family doctor right away if your loved one:
- Develops severe diarrhea, with or without vomiting or fever
- Has bloody stool
- Has had moderate diarrhea for three days or more
- Can’t keep down fluids
- Is irritable or disoriented and much sleepier or less active than usual
- Has any of the signs or symptoms of mild or moderate dehydration
Go to the nearest hospital emergency room or call 911 or your emergency medical number if you think a child or older adult is severely dehydrated. You can help prevent dehydration from becoming severe by carefully monitoring someone who is sick and giving fluids, such as an oral rehydration solution (Pedialyte, others) at the first sign of diarrhea, vomiting or fever and by encouraging children to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise.
More on water in an upcoming post. Please keep yourself hydrated in order to keep your migraine and/or migraine-associated vertigo under control!