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Dehydration is defined as “the process of removing water from a substance or compound”. The body loses water each day. The kidneys excrete about 1500ml per day; the skin about 500ml per day, and the intestinal tract about 200ml per day. The body’s loss of water therefore equals about 2500ml per day, or eleven cups for an average person under normal conditions. What is normal, what is average?

Let’s look at conditions. Does the person drink coffee, tea, colas, which contain caffeine that pulls water out of the body. What is the person’s respiratory rate? Stress causes the rate to increase expelling more water vapor through the breath. Does the person engage in cardiovascular exercise; perspiration causes water loss. How’s the intestinal tract; any abnormal increase of intestinal fluid (i.e. mild or acute diarrhea) causes water loss. Those four conditions increase a person’s water demands.

If you feel thirsty, then dehydration is already an issue. By the time the neurotransmitters at the tissue level send the thirst message to the hypothalamus gland, then back again to the tissue level you are already dehydrated.

Stop thirst before it happens! Increase your water consumption by a glass a day for a week, and so on and so on until you can drink at least eleven 8 ounce glasses per day.

It’s Not Just For Thirst-Quenching Anymore

Dr. Cromwell wishes to remind all of the importance of drinking water throughout our day, every day.

Each week, for the next few weeks, a fact about water and its effects on bodily functions will be presented for your utilization.

Hopefully, you will learn to incorporate this essential fluid into your healthy lifestyle.