Signs of Dehydration
If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated, but even when you don’t feel thirsty, you can still be dehydrated. If your body is chronically dehydrated, you will see symptoms such as dry skin, headaches, fatigue and achy joints. Digestive problems like constipation are also symptoms of low-level, chronic dehydration. Long term dehydration will lead to many health problems; over 75% of your body is water, and just like a plant, when you dry out you begin to wither and die.
A Simple test to find out if you are dehydrated
The best way to find out if you are dehydrated is to pinch the skin on the back of the hand near the knuckles; it should flatten back out immediately or within 2 seconds. When you are dehydrated it stays pinched up for several seconds. You can also check the color of your urine, it should be very light yellow or clear, if it is dark yellow you are dehydrated. Lastly if your lips look wrinkly, parched or peeling, you are dehydrated.
How much you should drink to avoid dehydration
Some health experts recommend drinking six 8 ounce glasses of water per day, but some people who work out may need more. People who exercise will need to replenish fluids lost through perspiration. many people find that a 16 oz bottle of water is plenty for hydration when they work out. When you drink your water is important too, a previous entry on this blog discusses when you should drink in order to achieve superior hydration.
Water Quality Matters
Clean water is important for good hydration, and it you can’t get it from a bottle. Plastic water bottles contain Bisphenol-A, a known endocrine disruptor which some studies show has harmful effects.You are better off filtering your home tap water, its cheaper to get water when you filter it yourself as well.
Is Alkaline Water better for Hydration?
There are two companies that have gained FDA recognition for their alkaline water as a New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) for hydration. Both of those companies can legally claim hydration benefits for their products. LIFE Ionizers has decided to seek FDA review of it’s ionized alkaline water based on these companies having secured approval for their products from the FDA as an NDI.
Why LIFE Ionizers?
High quality LIFE Ionizers come with a free custom-configured pre-filter, which works with LIFE’s exclusive Vitamin C Ceramic Block® internal filters to take harmful toxins out of tap water while leaving in beneficial minerals. Alkaline water from a water ionizer has a negative electrostatic charge, referred to as its negative ORP. Two in-vitro studies from Japan show that ionized alkaline water becomes an antioxidant, but you must mix it with a proton-donor such as Vitamin C. No human trials have been conducted on alkaline water and vitamin C however. In vitro testing is done in a lab, not on animals or humans.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.
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