• Nika Calahan

Every living creature needs water to survive. Yet sweating, peeing, vomiting, or having diarrhea can cause a loss of water, further increasing your liquid needs, in a complex physiological process making you feel thirsty.

If you’re thirsty, that’s the clearest sign you’re dehydrated, which means your body doesn’t have enough water to function properly.

Being dehydrated doesn’t just mean your body is losing water it also means you're losing salt and potassium, which help your body breathe, move, and do all the other things it needs to do to stay up and running.

What is Dehydration?

Specific health diseases, including diabetes, can put you at an increased risk for dehydration. If you’ve been sweating too much due to heat or overexertion, throwing up or having diarrhea because of the flu or another serious illness, or urinating frequently, it’s important to watch your fluid intake.

People who are particularly vulnerable to losing water include those who are unable to satisfy their thirst because of disease, those who are athletes, and those who are just too young or too old to replace water on their own. Men who are middle-aged or elderly may also be at an increased risk of difficulties from dehydration.

The researchers found that over time, the body becomes worse at identifying markers of dehydration (such as high levels of salt in the blood), and without these signals, older adults may not understand they are dehydrated or take steps to rehydrate. Untreated dehydration can cause the heart rate to increase.

Becoming extremely dehydrated as losing more than 10 percent of your body weight in fluid can lead to injury or fatal difficulties, and it requires an ER visit. Seizures, cardiac arrhythmia, or hypovolemic shock can occur because your blood volume is too low.

Yet it seldom comes to that.

Most of the time, you can easily replace your water stores and resist dehydration. The truth is you can lose 3 to 4 percent of your body weight through dehydration without feeling any real signs. Yet, once you have lost 5 to 6 percent, you’ll start to feel the symptoms of dehydration. Thirst, fatigue, dizziness, or constipation are sure clues it’s time to reach for water or a sports drink that’s low in sugar and high in electrolytes.­­


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  • Bottled water is bad for the environment According to National Geographic1, "Bottled water is a drain on the environment: The U.S. public goes through about 50 billion water bottles a year, and most of those plastic containers are not recycled. Transporting the bottles and keeping them cold also burns fossil fuels, which give off greenhouse gases." 1500 plastic bottles are consumed every second. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. And, it will take 1000 years for the plastic to degrade.

  • It can pose health threats The plastic in bottled water often contains chemicals BPA and phthalates, which are proven to be hazardous to human health.

  • It's not proven to be any safer than tap water The non-profit, non-partisan Environmental Working Group (EWG) says, "The government does not mandate that bottled water be any safer than tap water. In fact, the chemical pollution standards are nearly identical." Historically, bottled waters have even been recalled for contamination with particulate matter, mold and bacteria.

  • Further, as reported by ABC, environmental advocate Mae Wu has performed studies that show bottled is no safer or cleaner: There is actually more testing federally mandated on tap water than bottled. 100 compounds of tap water must be tested every day and the results posted online.

  • It doesn't necessarily taste better In this video by ABC, in a blind taste test, many even preferred the taste of tap water over bottled. And, by the way, about half of all bottled water is tap water that has been purified.

  • Ali Moayed

As biology expands, so does the amplitude of known beneficial bacteria. The study of the bacteria that aid us in our survival, the human microflora, has quickly become one of the fastest growing fields of research right now. The impact that these symbiotic (mutually beneficial) bacteria have in our health is beyond astonishing, so much so that some scientists even see it as another organ in our system. Of course, this is not so, but without a microflora, a human would not last longer than a week.

These bacteria need us as much as we need them, though. We are home to them, and they are a part of us. Thus, we must get to know them, feed them, nourish them, give them a comfortable home without toxins, irritants, or agitation. Luckily, biologists around the world are investigating what sort of diets, supplements, and activities benefit them, allowing for a much more profound symbiosis between them and us.

As one would imagine, these little protectors thoroughly enjoy foods as natural and raw as them. Plant products, more than others, are on the top of their menu, and the ampler the range of options we offer them, the more abundant and varied they become. We must protect and shelter them appropriately if not, they will not be able to protect us in return.

So, let’s think about them as our children the next time we choose our food in the grocery store. Just as with our offspring, they are our responsibility, we must indeed treat them as so.




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