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Living Naturally With Hannah Shaw THE IMPORTANCE OF HYDRATION

Water is the basis of all life and that includes your body. We are approximately two-thirds water, (the brain alone is 80% water!), the majority being in our cells and lymph system. However, our cells lose water as we age, going from 75% at birth to as low as 50% by middle-age. Water is crucial to our survival, we will typically only live for three days without it. Every chemical reaction in our body requires water, it is particularly necessary for energy production. Dehydration causes dysfunction of the process behind energy production and reduces the body's ability to repair and replace cells increasing your risk of disease and death. Dehydration speeds up the aging process (particularly noticeable in the skin), while optimum cellular hydration slows down and even reverses biological aging. As we age we also lose the ability to get water from the extracellular environment, to the inside of our cells. Medical Medium and Dr Zach Bush both describe chronic dehydration as being a concern for most people today and often we don’t even realise it, or even feel thirsty. Chronic dehydration causes the blood to thicken which has a negative effect on the cardiovascular system. Water and adequate cellular hydration is crucial in helping remove toxins and oxidants from your body. In a dehydrated state, you end up accumulating toxins due to a lack of electrical energy flow. Environmental toxins, certain diets, caffeinated beverages, soda, alcohol and salt all contribute to dehydration - even if you’re drinking plenty of water. Dr Libby mentions that a lack of minerals (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and chloride) or poor adrenal gland function (often due to chronic stress, trauma, excess caffeine or alcohol), are also significant contributors to dehydration. Adequate hydration is not simply about drinking enough water throughout the day but more specifically, it’s about getting the water inside your cells as the water you drink can often be urinated out before it has the chance to get into your cells. Water consumed via our diet goes a long way in replenishing our cellular hydration and maintaining optimal cellular function. Raw fruits and vegetables contain cellular water and are surrounded by molecules that enable the entry of water into cells.

We absorb cellular water slowly, which provides us with longer lasting hydration. The added advantage of consuming water through fruits and vegetables is that you also benefit from the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fibre that they provide. Awareness with water quality is essential for proper hydration. We don’t all have access to the same quality of water throughout the world and sometimes drinking supplies can become contaminated. A chemical called chlorine is added to the water to make it safer to drink; however chlorine can have an adverse impact on your health by affecting beneficial gut microbes which are responsible for approximately 70% of immune system function. Clean and safe drinking water is paramount for hydration and there are many ways in which we can remove chlorine (and other contaminants or pathogens) if we are concerned about the potential health impact. Water filtration options come in a wide variety and filter at different levels and types of water contamination. Filters include: carbon and ultraviolet (UV) filters, reverse osmosis filters, on-tap systems or water filtration jugs and drink bottles. For chlorine specifically (which is commonly added to tap water) you can filter your water using evaporation by boiling it or allowing it sit uncovered in the fridge for 24 hours. It is important to understand the quality of drinking water where you live and especially when you are traveling due to the risks involved with contaminated water. Get on track to re-hydrating your body by drinking lemon water first thing every morning, eating an abundance of raw fruit and vegetables (i.e. a daily smoothie and salad), and drink plenty of high quality filtered or natural (clean) water or other hydrating drinks such as coconut water and cucumber juice throughout the day. In addition, Dr Zach Bush MD recommends: taking humic acid, reducing exposure to electromagnetic frequencies (cell phones, computers, WIFI etc.), and increasing electrolyte intake. So the next time you feel that afternoon slump sneaking up on you, reach for a piece of fruit and a glass of water and trust that your cells will love you for it! Hannah Shaw A Nourishing Notion Issue #7 | The Inspired Guide | January 1st 2020