What causes dehydration?

Most of us are chronically dehydrated.  We often hear that we should drink 8-12 glasses of water each day.  But why is it important to stay hydrated?  How do you know if you are well hydrated and what can you do about it?  Is the best solution to drink water?

Chronic dehydration is seen by a number of researchers as a beginning stage of chronic illnesses and correlated with ageing.  It is not just a matter of how much water we drink.  The causes of dehydration are not just a lack of water!  A great deal has to do with our intake of toxic substances.  This is why a healthy, mostly organic, and high raw food diet can help.  But there are also other reasons why we become dehydrated.  As you shall see, it can be related to illnesses, medications, or even stress.

What is dehydration?

Most think of dehydration as a condition when the body does not have a sufficient amount of water.  This is true.  A grown up looses more than 2 liters of water daily through breathing, sweating, urine, and bowel movement.  That water needs to be replaced in some way.  However, there is another part of the story that is seldom told.  It is the part that often is the cause of dehydration, namely: toxins.  Thus, toxins are usually what causes dehydration.

The Relationship Between Water and Toxins

dehydrationscaleDehydration has to do with the relationship between water and toxins.  The more toxins we have in our bodies the more water we need.  The fewer toxins, the less water our body needs to carry.  Take a look at the dehydration scale in the picture.

Our body’s reaction to toxins is to water them down before removing from the body, or in some cases storing them.

We add toxic substances daily with our food.  Apart from this we often also add two poisons that have a dehydrating effect on the body.  One is alcohol.  The other is excess salt.

Alcohol inhibits a hormone that is antidiuretic.  The effect is that you pee more than you should.  The water from the cells of your body starts going out with your urine.

How is salt dehydrating?


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