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  • Jacqueline Lovett (BHSc Naturopathy)

HYDRATE!

If there were no water, humans and any sort of life, simply wouldn’t exist. And out of all the nutrients in our diet, water is what most of us are deficient in. Apart from oxygen, water is essential to human survival, around 60% of our bodies are made up of water and our brains are made up of roughly 75%.


Majority of our muscle tissues are made up of water and in partnership with electrolytes, we rely on water to fuel our bioelectric system, as water forms a structure between and within cells that somewhat functions as a battery within us and regulates biochemical processes, such as relaying chemical messages and transporting hormones and oxygen throughout the body. Therefore, drinking enough water everyday is a key ingredient to overall health. On top of that, water gains its electrical charge from sunlight and heat in our environment, so its important to get outside and stand barefoot in nature – but more on that later.


When it comes to skin health, our skin is our largest organ and like any other part of our body, our skin is made up of cells. If our largest organ isn’t getting enough hydration, skin turns tight, dry, flaky and is prone to wrinkles. Water also assists with flushing out toxins from our bodies and works like a ‘detox’ to remove bacteria’s and wastes that can contribute to troublesome skin.


Not only is water a vital ‘beauty’ ingredient, its also important for physical and mental well-being. Its shown that dehydration is the number one cause of daytime fatigue, and its shown that one glass of water can eliminate midnight hunger cravings!

So are you dehydrated? The first signs of dehydration involve darkened urine, the more hydrated you are, the clearer your urine!

Most common side effects of dehydration;

·      Fatigue

·      Headaches

·      Weight gain

·      Poor detoxification

·      Weakened immune system

·      Brain fog

·      Bloating

·      Fast, weak pulse

·      Rapid deep breathing

So how much water do you do a day?

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