11 Apr Signs your hydration level may be affecting your health
You’ve probably heard the saying “Water is Life”. You can see it play out in your landscape, garden, drooping houseplants, thirsty pets, and most importantly you and your family!
When we lack water, many of us don’t recognize the essential signs of dehydration and continue to move through our day in a state of reduced health and vitality.
It’s amazing to think that our planet earth is 70% water, which is about the same amount of water within the human body. Water is life for us as well. Nutrient rich blood is the conduit for vitamins and minerals to travel throughout the body and nourish each and every cell.
Waste products also use these watery channels, finding and entering the body’s waterways to be transported to our organs of elimination and finally out of the body.
Like a stagnant river after a dry spell, a lack of water creates a buildup of debris without a way to flow down the river and finally to the sea to be fully cleansed and once again be lifted up to the clouds to fall upon the earth as rain.
Dehydration in the human body can show up with a variety of symptoms:
- dark urine
- poor concentration
- dry skin
- dry mouth and eyes
- and low energy
Like the earth, we need to consistently replenish our inner waters, to perform the daily nourishing, physiological tasks of being alive. One way I love supporting my own hydration is by adding electrolytes to my water. Here are my favorite electrolytes.
Another important aspect of our bodies that relies on our inner hydraulics is the immune system, which is how our body protects us from bacteria, viruses, and all kinds of pathogens.
Surprisingly, we have 3 times as much lymphatic fluid in the body–transporting immune molecules and waste products–than we do blood. This system can be susceptible to dehydration, which can increase debris build up if there’s not enough water flowing.
Since our lymph is just beneath the surface of the skin, dry lymph can be seen as cellulite, as they can be dry pockets of lymph that weren’t properly hydrated.
Knowing that the immune system travels and does its surveillance through our inner rivers and tributaries, it’s important to know the essentials of hydration to support a strong and robust immune system that can move swiftly through the body.
And if there’s an active immune response, the debris can keep moving throughout the lymph to the organs of elimination to be properly discarded.
- the liver
- digestive tract
- and kidneys
You can learn more about best practices when it comes to hydration with this short video.
For now, as I like to say, be a water bottle warrior! You’ll be surprised how much easier it is to drink water and easily improve your health and energy when it’s always by your side.