Healthy Lifestyle Equals Healthy Skin

 

Healthy Lifestyle Equals Healthy Skin

Are you drinking enough water?

Every water fountain is a fountain of youth.

Unlike the previous articles in this series, we will not be addressing nutritional supplements. This post will address some of the simple strategies for health and beauty.

Water is the most essential element of life.  Many of us have accumulated and stored weeks’ worth of fuel (fat) and we could go a long time without any food.  But none of us would live more than 2-3 days without water.  The very young, very old and seriously ill of any age wouldn’t even live that long without any water.  The surface of the earth is about 70% water.  All but a few life forms are comprised of around 70% water.

For no logical reason, humans, supposedly the most intelligent species on the planet, living in the most technologically advanced societies, have lost track of how important water is.  While they still experience thirst to some extent, they interpret this biological urge as a signal to supply their bodies with sugary beverages and/or diuretic substances.  There are some signs of improvement.  This human species which seems to think with one mind, is now favoring bottled water.  This is a good trend.

A significant majority of people in the western world are, to one level or another, dehydrated.

What effect does this have on their bodies? Dehydration causes the blood to be thicker.  When the blood becomes thick, the white cells are less mobile and immunity is compromised.  The lymphatic fluids are proportionally thickened causing waste products to build up in the cells and cause further immune compromise.  When the body is chronically deprived of adequate water, it is quick to resort to reclaiming “fluids” from the colon.  This desperate attempt to hydrate intoxicates the blood with waste products and fecal bacteria.  If that isn’t enough to motivate you to drink an adequate supply of water, probably nothing that can be said, will.

If we cannot disgust you into drinking water, we will now resort to manipulating you through vanity.  We’ve all seen aging people covered with brownish pigmentation in their skin.  This is called lipofuscin.  These are commonly called “liver spots.”  There is some basis for this common name, because this pigment is of a fatty nature and should be eliminated by the liver.  Liver compromise increases the rate at which we accumulate this undesired substance.  Usually when the “liver spots” are evident in the skin, they are accumulated in the brain and are associated with the onset of certain types of senility and dementia.  If you really want to have this disfigured appearance and cognitive dysfunction, you should keep yourself completely dehydrated!  Dehydrated cells have been proven to produce dramatically more lipofuscin, so if you don’t drink enough water, you may have this unappealing appearance at a relatively young age, and just too senile to know it.

How much water is enough?

The old adage is 8 glasses a day.  When you consider the dramatic differences in body size, physical activity, metabolic rate and diet present in humanity, it is obvious that we all shouldn’t be using the same size glass for our 8 glasses a day.  Vegetarian animals drink very little water per 100 lbs of body-weight.  Carnivores (big cats, wolves, etc.) must drink many times more water per 100 lbs of body weight than omnivores or vegetarians.  Obviously if you’re doing heavy physical labor or sweating in a gym, your need for water will go up.  Typically peoples’ daily requirements are somewhere between 1/3 – 2/3 of a fluid ounce per pound of body weight. At half fl oz per pound would mean a 150 lb person would drink 75 fluid ounces daily (a little more than 2 quarts).   In this case, 8 fl oz glasses would be about right.  For a 200 lb man doing physical work, eating a lot of meat, nearly a gallon would be appropriate.

Non-stimulant herbal teas and raw fruits and vegetables should be considered on the plus side.  Coffee, alcoholic beverages and stimulant teas all cause you to lose water, so they’re big minuses.

If you’re not consuming an adequate amount of water and try to correct the problem overnight you will probably have a miserable failure.

When you are chronically dehydrated, you store water in your fat cells and when adequate water is supplied, the stale and tainted water is released from the fat cells and is added to the kidneys’ burden.  To put it simply, you are peeing constantly:  you will be miserable and then quit.  Therefore, gradual, systematic increases in water consumption are more comfortable and sustainable.

If you assess how much water you are really drinking and set a goal in ounces, and increase your water consumption over a period of time, you’ll be at your goal and before long, you will require a healthy amount of water to feel good and you will have a thirst for the healthy level.

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