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Monthly Archives: January 2012

The importance of drinking more water as you age

Keep hydrated, keep young

As month one draws to a close, I wanted to leave everyone with some motivation to stay hydrated, especially as you get older. You are probably aware that as you age, there are certain bodily processes that start to become sluggish compared to when you were younger. For example, when I was in my late teens and early twenties, I was better able to recover after a night of drinking. If you’re thinking, “late teens!!!”, don’t worry, the drinking age in Ontario is 19 and 18 in Quebec, which I live very close to. I would be able to spend all night drinking, have very little sleep, barely any water and still be able to function quite well the next day. Not always, mind you, but it was still possible. Now, I find that if I don’t drink some water before I go to sleep after a night of drinking, I have a headache the next day. I often feel very lethargic as well. Being hungover is essentially the aftermath of dehydration the alcohol has done to your body. Coupled with the diuretic effects of caffeine from one of my staple bevvies, the rum and coke, it isn’t looking pretty. So, as we age, our bodies have a more difficult time recovering from dehydration.

There are two reasons why we need to drink more water as we get older:

1. Your body starts to lose its capacity to process water efficiently, therefore it is easier to become dehydrated.

2. Your body doesn’t signal its thirst as well. As we age, we are less likely to feel the need to drink water.

When I started to plan my year of the detox, I asked my dad that if he could do only one thing to improve his health, that it be to increase his water intake. Though his intake of alcohol has decreased, he used to drink a lot of beer and he also has coffee occasionally. I asked him one day, as I was researching more about water, how much water he’d had that day and it was about a cup. That was at the end of an entire day! To keep our bodies functioning at its best, we need to be hydrated.

According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of Water: for Health, for Healing, for Life, we are at our highest water regulation efficiency between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five. I wish I had of been paying attention to see if my hangover after my 26th birthday celebration was worse! He he he. He also talks about a study that was conducted in 1984 which looked at body thirst differences between old and young men. The study found that elderly men were far less able to recognize their thirst than the younger men were in the same experimental setting. Even though bloodwork was done showing that the elderly men were dehydrated and water was placed within their reach, they did not have the urge to drink. (Philipps et al., 1984, New England Journal of Medicine)

I can see that even though I thought I was going easy on him, asking my dad to do this one thing, it may have been a lot harder than either of us anticipated. That doesn’t mean he’s off the hook though! Especially since a later study showed that there can be significant body water loss in the elderly, anywhere from 3.5- 6 litres over a ten year span! (Steen, Lundgren and Isaksson, 1985, The Lancet). Considering the average weighted man has approximately 40 litres of body water, I’d say that’s rather significant loss indeed. It brings a whole new meaning to the description ‘shriveled, old man’! And since we know 66% of water loss comes from inside your cells, that seems a bit dangerous to me.

Basically, what I am saying as I finish up my ‘get hydrated’ month is that even though the month is over, we should never stop striving for hydration. Water can improve our quality of life and is especially important to keep in mind as we age. If we form habits to maintain our thirst, I have full faith that we will be the lucky ones, skipping around Florida with our blue hair and being refused for senior discounted meals. Water for life!

Have you felt a difference in your hydration as you get older? When you drink? Have you noticed it in any older relatives?

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Keeping your reusable water bottle clean

One of my recent posts was about how it is safer to use reusable water bottles that are BPA free rather than constantly buying plastic water bottles which are full of BPAs and bad for the environment to boot! I still stand by that post, but I neglected to mention one of the problems of using these bottles…bacteria! One of my fellow bloggers from nobodywilldoitforyou replied with this caution after reading “The dangers of bottled water, the BPA problem

I got diagnosed with having the bacteria of this [BPA] in my stomach. Nasty business! Similar feeling to a stomach ulcer. Good warning that a lot of people don’t take serious!

She couldn’t remember the name of the bacteria, but it does sound like nasty business. I tried to find the name of the bacteria on the net, but I was unsuccessful. The best I could find was the statement of a doctor on the subject, “Olusola said the earliest study on the dangers of BPA in plastic water bottles was in 2003, with another study in 2007. She said that small amounts of the bacteria caused by BPA may cause problems but it has never been fully validated and research is still ongoing.” from bscenemag.com . If anyone has any further information, I’d love a link to it.

Even if you are drinking water out of a BPA free bottle, bacteria can still be dangerous. Not bacteria from the bottle or from the water, but from you. Yes, you and your backwash. Ew, he he he. It’s completely natural but something we need to be aware of. This is because once the bacteria is out of your mouth it can grow into things that are dangerous to your health.

You see my problem...lol

 

How to keep your water bottle clean

1. Use a stainless steel bottle with a wide brim

If you have a choice, the best you can get is glass, but if you’re going for metal, go for stainless steel. Stainless steel is naturally antibacterial. Also, try to go for one with a wide brim. That makes for less crevices were bacteria can grow.

2.  Clean with a vinegar solution

That is how I clean my water bottles. I personally don’t like to use soap and water. It leaves a film and sometimes a taste, yuck! But if that’s the way you roll, I don’t mind as long as you’re cleaning those bottles and rinsing well. There are also a few bottle cleaning solutions on the market. I’ve never used any, but if you have a favourite, please share!

3. Invest in a bottle brush

I have yet to do this myself…I know, such a bad role model! But believe me, I will be getting one in the next week! That way, you can in to those bottle bottoms with more than just a quick rinse.

4. Wash the outside

It can be easy to forget this step, especially when you are concentrating on the bacteria on the inside. My husband is often guilty of this. The inside of the glasses he washes are sparkling, but often there is some gunk on the outside. Germs and bacteria can thrive on the outside surface of the bottle, so don’t forget it!

5. Use some baking soda and your new bottle brush

If your bottle’s brought the funk, smell-wise, put a few table spoons in. Then just stir it around with your handy-dandy, bottle cleaning brush and let it sit overnight. Then you can rinse it out and it will smell like new!

Some people use bleach, that scares me. Considering even trace amounts of bleach can be harmful to you, I wouldn’t risk it. Some people also use the dishwasher. If you do, it can be a good way to keep your bottles clean assuming they are dishwasher safe. I don’t have one and even if I did, the glass bottle I am currently using is very long. I’m not sure it would work too well, but for me, it’s a moot point.

Have you been keeping your bottles clean? Do you use a method that I have neglected to mention?

Getting Ottawa to get hydrated, my first tv appearance!

Deep in conversation

Not a picture of me, but it gives you an idea of what the studio looks like

Wow, I’ve just returned from my first tv appearance talking about the detox. It was a great experience but it went by so fast, I don’t even remember what I talked about specifically. I was texted by a friend afterwards saying I made her go get some water, so I affected at least one person in city of Ottawa. Which, by the way, has a population somewhere around the million mark. I hope the message to get hydrated spread a little further than that! he he he.

I didn’t get to talk about all the things I wanted to, but my segment was only scheduled to be 6 minutes long so I did my best. It was great to reach people on a different venue, as there is a large population of people who don’t read blogs, but EVERYBODY watches tv. Maybe I will bring more people to the blogosphere!

I’d like to take a second to thank a few people. Derick Fage, who was my initial contact with Daytime Ottawa and one of the hosts. I’d also like to thank Anna from Rainbow Natural Foods here in Ottawa. Last night as I was preparing, packing my faithful but obviously used water bottles , I had a brainblast. I called Rainbow and spoke to Anna about borrowing a few BPA free water bottles to highlight on the show. Considering I called the night before and I’m not exactly a pass carrying member of some media outlet, she was incredibly accommodating. She was friendly and lent me three stainless steel and three glass bottles. As I mentioned in The Dangers of Bottled Water, the BPA Problem, glass is the best option. It was great to be able to show how readily available the glass water bottles can be.

I am hoping that Daytime Ottawa will be posting my segment on their site, but either way, I will be getting a copy myself and posting it up. Then you can all tell me how I did! lol I’m so nervous to see it for myself. :s

Check out my friends at:

Daytime Ottawa (rogerstv.com)

Rainbow Natural Foods  (www.rainbowfoods.net)

The dangers of bottled water, the BPA problem

My water bottle tag team

I’ve been sitting here for the past month talking about how great it is to get hydrated, only mentioning water intoxication as a reason that consuming water could be dangerous. But there’s another water consumption baddy that I have yet to talk about. BPAs. Not scary sounding yet? How about its actual name, bisphenol A? Still not quaking at your keyboard? How about I tell you why it’s so bad and you can get back to me about the quaking.

Bisphenol A (bis-fee-nol) is an endocrine disrupting toxin that is lurking in plastics, especially in the clear ones we buy our spring or drinking water in. It can also be found in canned food containers, beverage cans, as well as dental fillings and sealants. It is a chemical that can mimic hormones in your body, specifically estrogen. It has been linked to problems such as obesity, breast cancers, infertility, prostate cancers and who knows what else it could be affecting!

Scarily enough, although BPAs are banned for use in baby bottles by the European Union and Canada, they are not yet banned in the United States. I’d like to be proud that Canada was the first country to label BPAs as a toxic substance but they are still all over our products…so there goes the pride. Do all plastics have BPAs? Not necessarily. Look at the bottom of your bottle. If it has the recycle codes 1, 2, 4, 5 or 6 it is unlikely that it contains BPA. But if you are using containers or bottles with the codes 3 or 7…you’ve got BPAs my friend.

How can I avoid BPAs?

1. Use glass.

Glass containers and glass bottles will not leach anything into your food, heated, cooled or otherwise.

2. Don’t heat plastic containers or bottles

Heating them allows the toxins to be more readily released into whatever you are consuming. Those tv dinners…I’d stay COMPLETELY away from those. And while I’m at it, plastic wrap should NEVER, EVER enter your microwave!

3. Don’t fill plastic containers with hot liquids or foods

Use porcelain or glass, it’s a much safer option.

4. Buy BPA-free whenever possible.

A lot of items, especially baby related ones, are now labeled BPA free so they are easier to find.

Some people also argue that metal bottles leach into your drinking water, but I definitely prefer those odds over BPAs. So if you can find a glass bottle that you’re willing to carry around, that is your best option. Otherwise, the next best bet is metal and after that, look for plastic bottles labeled BPA free. I suggest reusing your water containers as much as possible, not just for you but to lessen the impact on the environment.

On a personal note, I’ve been able to hold my water intake at 9 glasses of water a day for the past few days…and I still find that I am thirsty! It is so strange to think that a few weeks ago I would have 2-4 glasses of water a day and think that was enough. I didn’t feel thirsty, but I definitely have been having less headaches. I’m sure my cells are starting to plump out, which by the way is the only part of me I’m hoping will have that reaction as I do this detox! I think my skin is starting to react as well. I having breakouts that I don’t normally have. I have a feeling it has to do with my body releasing some toxins it had up in there for awhile. I never thought I’d say this, but yay for breakouts!!

What kind of water bottle do you use? If it’s plastic, is it BPA free?

Have you noticed any difference in your body as you hydrate?

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Can you drink too much water?

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Before I started the detox, I never thought it could be possible. Especially with three quarters of North Americans suffering from dehydration. However, the answer can be yes. But it’s very dependent on factors other than the actual amount. For example, I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs, Pacing your water intake? There’s an App for that about a woman in the UK who basically drowned herself. In her case, it was too much water too fast, not just too much water. So in her case, the answer was NO, she didn’t drink too much water, she just drank it too fast.

When someone drinks too much water the process called water intoxication and is the result of over dilution of the sodium in the body, called hyponatremia. Basically, what is going on is that your cells are trying to deal with all the excess water in your system. To do this, they use sodium to maintain the balance, but eventually they will run out. Theoretically, your cells could continue to swell until they burst…ew. So, from the cell’s point of view, you are basically drowning. The way that a doctor would rebalance the body is to administer a special type of saline solution. That would help the cells to regain the concentrations they need to function.

Now, since the adult human kidneys can process up to 15 litres of water a day (that’s 60 eight oz. glasses of water, in case you were wondering) you’d be hard pressed to drink too much water if you were taking your time. Dr. Batmanghelidj suggests, “the body needs no less than two quarts of water and a half teaspoon of salt every day.” in his his book “You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty: Water for Health, for Healing, for Life” In case you were wondering, two quarts is about 1.89 L which is a little over seven 8 oz. glasses. (Don’t feel bad, I had to look it up!) He does also mention that this all needs to be balanced with potassium and iodine to work properly.

The 15 litres a day of course, only applies to HEALTHY adult individuals and I would NEVER suggest that anyone put that to the test. Especially, for example, people who suffer from kidney problems or suffered from congestive heart failure. And of course, if you’ve already managed to suffer from hyponatremia, which is incredibly rare. These people really have to watch their fluid intakes. I would always check with your doctor, no matter what you’re suffering from, what your goal water intake should be.

Basically, if you drink your water throughout the day and you don’t suffer from any of the aforementioned medical issues, you should be fine. The people most at risk of water intoxication are athletes and infants under 6 months. The athletes lose their electrolytes and sodium too fast sometimes. The infants are the ones fed watered down formula their body can’t process well yet. I’m assuming my readers are not of the latter category :p but if you are a mommy, keep that in mind. I’m going to assume that most athletes already know about these dangers, but if you’re ramping up in 2012 to get fit, I’ve placed it on your radar.

Do you think that you, personally, could ever drink too much water? I know I’d be hard pressed to!

The Starting Point

While I wanted to post about this earlier, I wanted to have my dietitian take a look over my lab results to look for any red flags first. Better late than never!

When I decided to do a year of the detox, I knew I wanted to do it RIGHT or not at all. So, I sought out help from a dietitian but also from my doctor. The meeting went really well, as you can read in my earlier blog Support from your doctor. I asked her to request some blood tests for me so I can have the most accurate measure possible of where I am and where I need to be. I suggest that if you are considering any health plan, that you do the same.

These were my results and I’ve included the normal parameters in brackets so those of us without medical/hematology knowledge have a clue what it all means. I’ve also put in bold where I was out of whack :

Iron   21     (9-30 umol/L)

TIBC (total iron binding capacity)  50   (45 – 77 umol/L)

Saturation   0.42   (0.20 – 0.50 /l/ug/L)

Ferritin   61   (31-79 = reduced iron stores)Ball-and-stick models of the two tautomers of ...

Sodium   138   (135-145 mmol/L)

Potassium   3.7   (3.3 – 5.1 mmol/L)

ALT (liver enzyme)    16   ( < 36 U/L)

Glucose Serum Fasting   5.2    (3.6 – 6.0 Normal Fasting Glucose)

UREA (measure of liver function and component needed by kidneys)   2.7   (2.5 – 8.1 mmol/L)

Creatinine (breakdown product of muscles) 43   (50 – 100 umol/L)

eGFR (kidney function)   > = 90   (>=60  mL/min/1.73m**2)  NORMAL eGFR

Bilirubin     9   (<23 umol/L)

Cholesterol   4.93  (<5.2 mmol/L)

Triglycerides   1.20   (< 2.30 mmol/L)

HDL Cholesterol   1.56   (> = 1.30 mmol/L)

LDL Cholesterol   2.82   (Near optimal LDL level, corresponding to higher rates for developing symptomatic cardiovascular disease events)

Hydroxy Vitamin D   50   (Insufficiency: 25 – 75 nmol/L) **You’ll likely have to pay for this one**

 

As you can see I have reduced iron stores, low creatinine, my LDL is a wee bit high and my vitamin D is insufficient. The vitamin D is no surprise, almost all Canadians or northern dwellers suffer from this. It’s just too bloody cold to soak up the rays of the sun. That is something that I can start to better immediately, however, by taking a vitamin D supplement. In most of my reading the best kind here is D3. My LDL, well, it’s a little high but nothing that needs immediate or drastic action. I will be dealing with it as I start to exercise and eat healthier. I predict a drop in this one easily when I get measured at the end of my year of the detox. 🙂

In speaking to my dietitian, it is more worrisome to have too much creatinine than a little less. Also, I will have to check on this one, but creatinine is partially a breakdown product of muscles…so considering that right now my body composition is mostly…ahem…fatty, that is not really surprising. Last, but not least, my iron stores are a little depleted. I will be speaking to my dietitian to see if this can be upped with diet alone, or see if I may need to consider a supplement.

I think I will create a page with all my starting measurements…that way I can easily compare at the end of the year. Oh my, it’s only January and I’m talking end of the year. What optimism!

Have you had any blood tests recently to see what’s going on inside your body? What were the results. any red flags?

Waisting Away: The importance of your waist size as a measure of health

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I know some people probably started reading the title and thought, she misspelled wasting! lol Honestly, I felt a bit odd typing it.

As I start the detox, I am looking at different measurements of the state of my health. I’ve already mentioned BMI, in my blog entry “The Importance of BMI in measuring weight loss success“, but perhaps a more important measure is the circumference of your waist. I was getting measured for a bridesmaid dress yesterday and I had to pay an added $65 for extra material. Not just for width, but for height. I’m 6’0”, so I had to add several inches of fabric and in the world of bridesmaid fashion, it doesn’t come cheap. While she was measuring my waist size, it reminded me that I need to write about waist size on my blog!

If you watch any of the medical shows or read any health related books, you have probably come across statements or studies having to do with waist size. All experts agree that belly fat is bad…very bad. If you have belly fat, you may well have a large amount of visceral fat. This is mentioned by Dr. Mercola, of Mercola.com. “A thick waist is a well-known sign of a build-up of visceral fat, a dangerous type of fat around your internal organs that is strongly linked with type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Another reason belly fat is bad has to do with it’s capability of producing hormone changes within your body. Isn’t that a scary thought! It boosts your estrogen putting you at a greater risk of breast cancer, diabetes and colorectal cancers, just to name a few!

So, what should you be shooting for as far as waist size is concerned? Well, there are a few differing opinions. According to the American Heart Association it’s this:

Men: Under 40 inches

Women: Under 35 inches

However, according to a study conducted by the American Cancer Society, it is:

Men: Under 35 inches

Women: Under 30 inches

(Source: health.usnews.com)

All this information means nothing until you measure your waist. My measurement? 😦 About 41.5… I just ate dinner, so a part of me is hoping that made it a little bit more than it normally would be. Still, it is not a good number to have. No matter which source I’m looking at, that’s a big ol’ waist. The biggest recommendation to rid yourself of belly fat is…dun dun dunnnnn, you guessed it. Exercise! Lucky for me, starting very shortly in my next month, my goal is to Get Moving!

What is your waist measurement? Are you in a risk category? Not sure where to measure? I found this video by the Heart and Stroke Foundation very helpful.


Related Articles

Waist Size, not BMI, is the best predictor of heart disease risk  (pulsescreening.wordpress.com)

Beware of belly fat dangers (trimbelly.wordpress.com)

Days like this…

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I had been doing fairly well lately with my pain. I promised myself I wasn’t going to talk about it, but my blog is to inform and the info on me right now is not all roses. The major problem I have is lower right abdominal pain. It is undiagnosed but not for lack of trying. I have had every test imaginable and last fall I actually had an exploratory surgery done. They came up with zip, zilch, nada, nothing. Talking with the surgeon afterwards, he was very candid. It really, REALLY struck me when he said “Surgery doesn’t fix everything.” This doctor really knows what he is talking about, I thought to myself. Funny, I gathered that from a statement that revealed he didn’t know how to fix my problem. I did, however, really appreciate his candor…I wonder if they can lose their surgeon club membership for a statement like that?

Anyways, I had a wicked flareup Monday night. It was so bad it woke me up at 3 in the morning. I was all alone at my parent’s house, so I couldn’t snuggle up to my husband like I tend to do when this happens. That made it worse. So, I sent him an e-mail from my iPhone. I love technology. Though it didn’t feel quite as good, it did make me feel better. I took a Tylenol and eventually fell back asleep. Today, I went to my…Adele. I’m not sure what to call her, she uses the term Integrative Therapist and she works primarily with different facets of energy medicine, but also combines some manual therapy techniques and most recently lymphatic therapy. I know energy therapy isn’t for everyone, but I believe in it and it seems to work for me. My “spot”, as it has been termed, had calmed down and after she worked on it a bit, it flared up. She didn’t touch me much but she moved around the energy and now it is killing me. She thinks my ovarian cyst has returned. Sigh…did I mention I have a history of those? Oh, and ps, there wasn’t one when they went searching about my insides, so that hasn’t been the cause of this ever present pain for the past three years. Adele did give me hope, however. This time, I am making my body a better place she said. I will not give it the excuse anymore that says it’s ok for it do stuff like create a painful cyst. I also will not go on a pill so strong that it caused me to have morning sickness for three months, zero sex drive and a crazy streak of mood swings to get rid of it. No way! My poor husband. I’d like to say it couldn’t have been that bad because he still wanted to marry me, but I know it was.

This time it will be different. I WILL be healthy. I WILL be happy. I WILL inspire those around me to do the same.

Related Links

Phoenix Rising Healing Centre (Adele’s business) www.phoenixrisinghealingcentre.com

 

Tim Hortons helps to dehydrate with new cup size

Gah! I wrote a whole post about this and WordPress erased the whole thing…let’s see if I can rewrite it…

Now, like any good Canadian I know all about Tim Horton’s. When I get my crave on for Timbits, maybe a little too well. What the restaurant is most famous for however, is their coffee. It is so popular that over the years rumours have circulated about the company sneaking additives into their brew to make it more addictive. According to their website, they have over 600 restaurants in the United States, so some of south of the border may now what I am talking about.

Starting January 23rd, the company will be serving up a larger size of cup to meet the demands of the customer.

“We tested the names of the new hot cup sizes with our guests and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Our guests also told us that they love our small eight-ounce cup, so we will continue to offer that size,” said Dave McKay, Director of Brand Marketing for Beverages, Tim Hortons.

The new cup size will replace the old extra large (now downgraded to plain, old large) and hold 24 oz. of steaming, caffeinated cocaine…ahem, I mean coffee. 24 ounces…that’s 3, count ’em 3, cups of coffee. Who needs that much caffeine in ‘one’ serving! Honestly! You are of course reading the rants of a non-coffee drinker, but still. If I were to have just one, extra large I would have to drink 11 cups of water to maintain my water according to what I’ve set out in January’s rules to get hydrated. And if I were to follow the equation I posted in How much water do YOU really need?, I would have to have 18 cups at minimum. 18 cups of water! Ridiculous!

In no way is this a blast on Tim Horton’s, they are just providing what they have been asked for by consumers. I’m also not going to judge the coffee drinker out there whose first thought was, SWEET! But for the sake of yourselves and your health, I encourage you to really consider how much water you drink anytime you load yourself up with that much warm caffeine. Although I can’t seem to find a ratio of how much water you lose per cup of coffee, (*if anyone has this, please post or send to me) all the resources I’ve checked agree, you lose more water than you consume in a caffeinated beverage. You also lose some water when you drink a warm beverage as your body tries to cool your insides down. Yes, the caffeine will help you through the rough part of your day, but things will get really rough once your body has been dehydrated for so long it can’t function properly anymore. Please, balance it out!

So what are your thoughts? Excited for the new coffee or scared to order that much in one serving?

To read more about the new cup release, visit the Tim Horton’s website.

So, you think you’re not dehydrated?

As I continue my month of hydration, I am talking to a lot of different people about the necessity of water in the proper functioning of their bodies. The most common phrase I hear is, “Oh, I drink lots of water!”. Now I’m sure upon occasion this is true, but what is lots? Lots for a tiny woman of five feet nothing is an ocean apart from what lots for a man closing in on six feet. (See how I used ‘ocean’ as the distance there? I know, it’s cute, right?) Until you actually track how much water you consume on a daily basis for a little while, there is no way you can truly know if you are drinking as much water as you should be.

Although the equation I mention in my previous blog entry, “How much water do YOU really need?” , seems a bit excessive, you can still use it to get a better idea of where you should be. My new goal is 9 glasses of water a day, as I see it is much easier now that I’ve gotten the 8 goal down pat without living on my toilet. This is a far cry of the nearly 15 glasses ( which I think is excessive) I should be having according to the equation. Still, it is getting closer to where I should be.

A lot of people also tell me that they are just not that thirsty. As I read more about hydration, I find that there is obviously a problem. I’m currently reading a book called, “You’re not sick, you’re thirsty: Water, for health, for healing, for life.” , written by a Dr. Batmanghelidj. First of all, anything written by a man who has “batman” in his name, legitimately, has got my attention! He is a medical doctor who advocates hydration as a first course in treatment for nearly anything. The doctor says waiting until you feel thirsty to drink is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. At the point that your body sends the signal to your mouth to start acting like the Sahara, it has already begun to shut down other subtle processes. As I understand it, your body keeps your mouth relatively moist because it knows in the case of dehydration it will have to depend on food for energy and it needs to keep your mouth ready in case you eat something.

So, where is it taking all this water from before that, you ask? Good question! The doctor with the superhero moniker has that answered for us.

In dehydration, the loss of water looks like this:

8 % – Vascular System (this is where the saliva comes in)

26% – Extracellular (the fluid between cells, where the body holds about 30% of its water)

66% – Inside your cells!

Eep! I totally believe this and I have very good reason. Last summer, as I continued my quest to figure out what is happening inside my body, I had a live blood test taken. Although I didn’t feel dehydrated, the technician could tell that I was dehydrated, simply by looking at my cells. I’ve attached the picture above. As you can see, they don’t all look round and plump like they should. They look a bit wonky. I know, highly medical term but you knew what I meant! As shown in the picture, I also had a few examples of rouleaus, which is a sticking together of red blood cells. This can be due to many factors, but as mine were not severe, the technician thought it was likely dehydration. When he asked me if I’d anything to drink that day, all I could remember was a glass of juice that morning. This was early afternoon! It’s easy for your water intake to get away from you, especially if you are depending on dry mouth as your warning system.

So, how dehydrated are you? Have you ever tracked your water just to see how much you were drinking? What did you find out?

If you haven’t done so, I challenge you to try tracking the intake on an average day. Come back and let me know what happened!

To track your water try apps on an iPhone, as mentioned in “Pacing your water intake? There’s an app for that