Why you might be sick
If I asked you what you think is the cause of getting sick, getting a disease or getting injured I bet you could come up with a hundred different answers! And I am also willing to bet that you wouldn't say what the number one cause is... Did you know that nearly 75% of illness, diseases and injuries are caused from being dehydrated???? Yes I said dehydrated! Sounds crazy right? When your body is dehydrated it is unable to effectively perform a critical task: DETOX THE BODY! And when your body cannot detox itself effectively, all the germs, viruses and diseases have free reign to take over your body and wreak havoc! So question... How much water have you had today while reading this?
Want to know what the average water intake is a day? About 1.5 cups! Yes that's the AVERAGE! 1.5 CUPS for kids AND adults of all ages. What's worse, most people are drinking caffeinated beverages like coffee and cola all day which are diuretics, meaning they are actually making your body more dehydrated. And we wonder why so many people are getting sick so often, and why the incidence of disease is steadily on the rise?! Drinking a good amount of water each day helps your body to improve its ability to detoxify the liver and cells, improve digestion, increase mental focus and clarity and enhance the body's ability to carry nutrients through the blood. What's more, muscles that are not hydrated properly are at a higher risk of injury because they will be tight. Think of a piece of juicy meat compared to a dried out piece of leather. When your muscles and ligaments are dehydrated they are like dried out leather which is much more likely to get strained, sprained or torn. Here are a few specific conditions commonly caused by dehydration that you might be able to related to:
Joint pain, Arthritis
High Blood Pressure
and the list goes on and on...
So how much water should you be drinking? My simple answer is you need to be drinking MORE, lot's more than you're currently drinking! And my more detailed answer is that you should be drinking in the neighbourhood of 2.5 litres per day and add in a litre to that number if you are training or sweating that day – simple enough? If you can get your hands on quality spring water that's my first suggestion, second would be reverse osmosis water and dead last with an emphasis on "dead" would be tap water. If you're going to be drinking reverse osmosis water or tap water I suggest adding a light pinch of organic sea salt to help bring some life and minerals back into the dead water. Start drinking more water today and your body will thank you!!!!