Health Nuts
Sunday, April 11, 2004
Are you wet enough?
Hi everyone,
I thought I would begin my contributions by discussing something simple but vital to your health and fitness…Water

Water can be described as the forgotten nutrient and is essential to life.

The facts…

-Your body is made up of around 70% water
-You lose approximately 1.5 liters per day (and more if you are active)
-To replace this you need to take in at least 1.5 liters of water each day.

I have personally come across a lot of confusion about fluid intake. I have found that many people assume that because they are drinking substances such as tea coffee and fizzy drinks that they are getting enough liquid. This is incorrect because these liquids are diuretics and so cause the opposite effect…They cause your body to lose water.
By consuming these liquids it is easy to become dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration are unpleasant and include:

1. Headache
2. Fatigue and lethargy
3. Lack of concentration.

Dehydration is often confused with hunger and consequently leads to an excess consumption of food. It is best not to allow yourself to get to the stage of feeling thirsty, since thirst indicates that the body is already in an unhealthy state of dehydration.

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To avoid unwittingly consuming a few extra nasty ingredients it’s important to drink filtered or bottled water. Many studies have found toxic chemicals including pesticides, herbicides and hormone residues in regular tap water. Other studies have found estrogenic compounds which originated from those taking HRT and the pill! In Britain some believe this has been one of the major causes of low sperm counts and breast enlargement in men.

Tips for better health

Drink filtered or bottled water. There are now many ways that you can filter your water including Jug filters which can be purchased at most supermarkets.

As well as being a diuretic, caffeine and sugar laden drinks rob your body of vital vitamins and minerals so whenever possible drink filtered water, fruit or herbal tea.

Also, to avoid Phthalate (chemical used to make plastic flexible) contamination avoid reusing plastic drink bottles. Either buy new bottles or use a specially designed sports bottle. Glass is best followed by hard plastic.

To achieve the best health and high levels of energy consume your water regularly throughout the day.

So until next time, drink up, get wet and get healthy,
Wishing you the best of health,

Hazel Trudeau
Cert. Nutrition
NLP Practitioner

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