I’m sharing another interesting Health article written by author and nutritional therapist, Sally Cronin in her Smorgasbord Health Blog Magazine series. In this issue, Sally informs us about the importance of drinking enough water for our body to function optimally, as well Sally warns us, yes, there is such a thing as drinking too much water!
Smorgasbord Health Column – Feeling sluggish and fatigued? Dehydration or the wrong fluids!
I have posted on dehydration before and it is very important that at all ages we take in sufficient fluids. Babies and the elderly dehydrate very quickly and this is dangerous. Currently many of us are in lock down with restricted access to the fresh air and exercise. Those of us heading into winter are now putting our central heating on which does create additional fluid loss.
However, there are times when drinking too much water, particularly in recovery from an illness when food has not been consumed, can have a negative impact on the body and your health.
In this post I am going to look at both sides of the coin to show you how important it is to take in the right fluids.
Recently I noticed that there were a few articles by the experts in the field of nutrition on the subject of hydration. What worried me in particular was that they were touting the belief that you don’t need to drink anymore than your usual cups of tea and coffee as you will obtain sufficient from the food that you eat.
It is true that eating fresh vegetables and fruit will provide you with some fluids but it is still not enough to supply your body with life giving fluids.
We can live for around 6 minutes without air, 6 days without fluids and 6 weeks without food. The very young and the elderly however have a much shorter window than 6 days before dehydration begins to cause severe health issues. In my experience of elderly care most are suffering from borderline dehydration resulting in urinary tract infections, increased symptoms of dementia and if not reversed can become life-threatening very quickly.
Why do we need fluids?
We are as humans made of protein with the few other bits and pieces thrown in. Protein has an extremely high water content and if we were wrung out to dry we would lose approximately 75% of our body weight. It would be a great way to lose weight if we could just plug in a hose and siphon off a couple of gallons from time to time but unfortunately that would be another failed fad diet. Each major organ consists of fluid including the brain 70% the lungs 90% and 80% in blood. As you can imagine, if those major organs become dehydrated the body is going to demand immediate action.
As an estimate we need 1 litre of fluid for every 50lbs of body weight.
So if you weight 10 stone..140lbs – 63kilos.. you would need 2.5 litres per day in moderate amounts in varied fluids over 16 hours.
We need oxygen, fluid and food in that order
Not all fluids are created equal
- It is important to look at the quality of the fluids that you then are taking in.
- If you are eating a diet that is high in industrialised food, any fluid in the food will be contaminated with artificial flavourings, colourants and hydrogenated fats in many cases.
- If you drink a lot of coffee, which acts as a mild diuretic (and if you have gallbladder disease or have had it removed, diarrhea)
- Alcohol is a toxin that not only dehydrates the body but also impairs your kidney and liver function preventing them for removing those toxins from your body.
- Drinking fizzy sodas, diet or otherwise disrupts the blood sugar levels in your blood.
- Drinking excessive amounts of mineral water with a high sodium level can disrupt the balance of electrolytes in your system
- You can obtain fluid content from fruit and vegetables but depending on your environment (warm, hot) they would not be sufficient to supply all you need.
- Teas, especially green tea and herbal teas do contribute to your daily fluid allowance but essentially there is no substitute for clean tap water.
Here are the symptoms of dehydration that reinforce that concept.
Fatigue and sluggishness.
Our bodies are about balance and they work very hard to maintain the equilibrium whether it is between calcium and magnesium, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, acidity and alkalinity. Even the smallest changes in fluid balance can affect all the other functions within the body including heart function as the organ has to work harder in order to supply the body with the oxygen and nutrients it requires. . . continue reading at the Smorgasbord
I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-two years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines and posts here on Smorgasbord.
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Thanks so much for sharing Debby.. I should have really included a piece on drinking Tequila with its health benefits! but perhaps a post all of its own lol…hugs ♥♥
Lol Sal. I think a post may be in order 🙂 🙂 ❤
Sally is always sensible and I enjoy her posts so much! Thank you for passing this one along. It’d be so much easier on our economy if everyone simply ate for nutrients. But exhausted people consume energy drinks believing this will help them. These actually harm the body. Blessings back Debbie, ❤
Thanks Ellie. You are so right. Eating real food is important. ❤
Hydration is So very important. When I get enough water, I don’t feel as sluggish or achy. Tomorrow I visit my doctor, and I’m sure he’ll adjust my medications. Thanks, Debby and Sally for helping us stay healthy!
Thanks Marian. And wow, you get to visit your doctor in person? During Covid?
Very true. I always have a small bottle of water with me to sip – mainly because my salivary glands do not work but also to keep hydrated. x
You are on it Stevie! xx
Yes, Debby, we wear masks and patients are “social distanced” in the waiting room. I believe our part of Florida has fewer cases than elsewhere. There is no going anywhere without masks in my city.
Good for you. Nothing like a real visit to a doctor. I’m getting tired of the telehealth calls where nothing can be really checked. You too, stay safe. 🙂
A great share, Debby. Dehydration is a huge concern with my parents who refuse to hydrate no mater how much I nag. Lol. They’re so stubborn. I’m heading over to read the rest. 🙂
Thanks Diana. Yes, I know what you mean. I check up on hub hourly to make sure he’s drinking. ❤
A great share Debby, Sally’s knowledge is invaluable … During the early lockdown in the UK, my ankles started to get swollen… My daughter who runs a healthfood store suggested I was not drinking enough fluids as my exersise had been reduced… Once I took her advice and started to drink more fluids, my ankle swelling went…
Many thanks for this reshare of Sally’s.. Sorry I have not been around much lately in the last few weeks… I had a severe bout of Veritgo …. Which put me in bed several days.. I have just been dipping in and out of the technological world Debby, taking everything in small doses right now…
Sending love and well wishes my dear friend…
Love Sue ❤
Sue, my husband had the same problem. Some don’t realize how much less activity we are all getting. Sally’s post is timely for sure. As for your absence, no need to explain. I have many days I’d like to hide under the covers. We all need time to heal. ❤ Be well my friend. ❤ ❤
Yes we exercise is important… Hubby has been winter digging the allotment just two hours most days, but there has not been a lot for me to do…. Except run up and down stairs lol… and I have a few arm weights to keep my arm muscles in some sort of trim..
Thanks for understanding… Some days the covers are pulled tighter than others 😉 😂🤣😘
Much love and take good care both of you.. ❤
I hear you Sue. I try to grab the hand weights a few times a day and stretch as well, and ride the eliptical and a bit of Pilates, but still missing outdoor activities. We’re almost there my friend. The vaccine is coming! ❤ xxx