Water In, Water Out
With the sale of bottled water bringing in billions of dollars, it would seem like most of us should be properly hydrated, but that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, dehydration is widespread across the country. The problem is, without adequate hydration, the body can't rid itself of toxins and other impurities. The key to proper detoxification of harmful substances is taking in plenty of water and pushing it out through perspiration, in other words water in and water out.
Because roughly 75 percent of the human body is made up of water, at least 64 oz. are required daily for optimal health, and more with regular exercise.The color of urine is a handy gauge for whether or not a person is adequately hydrated. Colorless urine indicates ample water levels, while yellow to orange urine points to inadequate hydration.
Other indicators of dehydration include a variety of symptoms. These include anxiety, brain fog, depression, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, hunger, muscle pain, nausea and rapid heartbeat. People who experience any of these symptoms should drink a large glass of water and wait for ten minutes to see if problems have subsided.
To keep dehydration symptoms in check, it is helpful to carry a water bottle and refill it several times during the day. While plastic water bottles offer pure water, the plastic itself can be harmful, and they aren't good for the environment. Reusable, glass or stainless steel bottles are a better choice.Purchase one with a filter for water that is as clean and pure as possible.
Sweating offers a number of therapeutic benefits to the body. By removing toxins and impurities, it helps keep the skin clean, glowing and free of infection. Perspiring also helps reduce the body's temperature and keeps it from overheating.
A fever is the body's way of trying to sweat out sickness. As many people who have experienced a fever know, sweating can help reduce symptoms. When a fever breaks, the body is often cool and damp, and feeling better is not far off.
People who don't sweat enough can suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion. This is why it is important while exercising or when exposed to warm weather to drink plenty of water.
Here are a few tips to ensure adequate hydration and healthy sweating:
- Shoot for at least 30 minutes of perspiration-producing exercise daily.
- To boost hydration, consume plenty of water-filled fruits and vegetables like apples, melons, celery and cucumber. You can also try adding green supplements into your smoothies to boost nutritional content and help you stay hydrated.
- Make use of saunas or steam rooms to promote sweating without exercise.
- Have a glass of water alongside a cocktail or a cup of coffee to counter dehydrating effects.
- Add flavor to water with slices of lime or lemon or small chunks of watermelon or cucumber with a sprig of mint. Fresh ingredients add flavor without the sugar and calories of many commercially flavored waters.
- Refined salt (or sodium chloride) is counterproductive to hydration because the body retains water to offset the drying effects of the salt. To reduce levels of sodium chloride in the body, cut down or eliminate processed foods. Also, switch from refined table salt to sea salt when cooking.
- Add ginger to your grocery list, as it induces healthy sweating. In fact, a little grated ginger added to bath water is helpful for relieving cold and flu symptoms.
Proper hydration and healthy sweating requires a delicate balance. Because it helps absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins, water is essential for the body. However, it is equally as important to sweat water out of the system to rid the body of impurities.
Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetable to help you stay hydrated and add green supplements into your daily life to get more greens in your diet. Follow the tips above to ensure plenty of water intake and sufficient sweating for healthy detoxification.