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May Wellness Tip: Hydrate

Evelyne Mitskopoulos CNP is our staff nutritionist and Director of Wellness at Beneplan.

Your blood is 95% water.  Muscle is about 70% water.  According to the Journal of Biological Chemistry, a human fetus at 3 months is 90% water and a 45 year old man would be about 65% water and a 70 year old man is only 43% water, so it imperative that you continue to rehydrate your cells as much as possible with quality water.

Increasing your water intake has positive effects on your energy levels, can help you lose weight, may help fight certain types of cancer and eliminate constipation.

According to Dr. Batmanghelidj, in his book Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, reported there are people in North America who may be mistaking the symptoms of dehydration for those of being ill.

Your body needs water for thermoregulation, cardiac function, digestion, and for blood.  Dehydrated blood moves more slowly because it becomes sticky and thick, so there will be less oxygen and nutrients moving into your cells.

If you are dehydrated by only 2 or 3 percent, you will lose 25 percent of your overall efficiency and you will notice that in your brain and body functions.

When dehydrated, your body will search for water from your skin, the mucous membranes in your nose, and your eyes to maintain equilibrium in the cells of your body.  Joints such as the synovial linings, cartilage and disks all take a beating if you are chronically dehydrated.  This may be a result of your arthritis or lower back pain.

Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to enjoy a glass of water!  Drink 8-10 glasses a day.