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Giving the Gift of Health
Symptoms of Chronic Dehydration
by Anne Bond - Healthy Living
Most people don't think they need to worry about dehydration. To them dehydration is something that happens to travellers in the desert when they run out of water. But there is a chronic form of dehydration that does not have the sudden and intense nature of the acute form. Chronic dehydration is widespread in the present day and affects everyone who is not drinking enough liquid.
This list of symptoms will inspire you to go get a glass of water, and then another and another...
Fatigue, Energy Loss - Dehydration of the tissues causes enzymatic activity to slow down.
Constipation - When chewed food enters the colon, it contains too much liquid to allow stools to form properly, and the wall of the colon reduces it. In chronic dehydration, the colon takes too much water to give to other parts of the body.
Digestive Disorders - In chronic dehydration, the secretion of digestive juices are less.
High and Low Blood Pressure - The body's blood volume is not enough to completely fill the entire set of arteries, veins and capillaries.
Gastritis, Stomach Ulcers - To protect its mucous membranes from being
destroyed by the acidic digestive fluid it produces, the stomach secretes a layer of mucous.
Respiratory Troubles - The mucous membranes of the respiratory region are slightly moist to protect the respiratory tract from substances that might be present in inhaled air.
Acid-Alkaline Imbalance - Dehydration activates an enzymatic slowdown producing acidification.
Excess Weight and Obesity - We may overeat because we crave food rich in water, the amount necessary to dilute toxins so they do not irritate the skin.
Eczema - Your body needs enough moisture to sweat 20 to 24 ounces of water, the amount necessary to dilute toxins so they do not irritate the skin.
Cholesterol - When dehydration causes too much liquid to be removed from inside the cells, the body trie to stop this loss by producing more cholesterol.
Cystic, Urinary Infections - If toxins contained in urine are insufficiently diluted, they attack the urinary mucous membranes.
Rheumatism - Dehydration abnormally increases the concentration of toxins in the blood and cellular fluids, and the pains increase in proportion to the concentration of the toxins.
Premature Aging - The body of a newborn child is composed of 80% liquid, but this percentage declines to no more than 70% in an adult and continues to
decline with age.
Study Spark Call for Drug-Free Approach to
Responding to a recently published article in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), Paediatrics on acetaminophen use during pregnancy, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) is advocating for a low-risk, drug-FREE alternatives, such as chiropractic care for pain relief - particularly among pregnant women. The JAMA study found that the use of acetaminophen for pain relief during pregnancy may be associated with a higher risk of hyper kinetic disorder (HKDs) and ADHD like behaviours in children. "Because risks associated with medications are magnified during pregnancy, experts are advising expectant mothers to look for non-pharmacological ways to deal with pain." said Dr. Gerard Clum, spokesperson for F4CP, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care. "Doctors of Chiropractic receive minimum of seven years of education to clinically evaluate patients and provide gentle, hands-on manual and instrument care, as well as nutrition, ergoics and ergonomic exercise advice - all full fundamental contributors to a healthy pregnancy and lifestyle."
According to the JAMA report, children whose mothers use acetaminophen were:
13% more likely to show ADHD like behaviour
37% more likely to be diagnosed with HKD
29% more likely to be prescribed ADHD medication
"Added stress to the body, weight gain and postural change can cause relentless discomfort for expectant mothers" said Dr. Clum. Conservative option such as Chiropractic, can improve structural balance and help with conditions such as headaches, neck and back-pain - and all too common during pregnancy.
MAGNESIUM - An Essential Mineral for
Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. Researchers have detected more than 3,750 magnesium-binding sets on human proteins giving an indication of its wide-ranging health effects. More than 300 different enzymes also rely on magnesium for proper function.
A common estimate is that 50% to 80% of Americans ar deficient in magnesium and the health consequences are significant. Magnesium plays an important role in your body's biochemical processes, many of which ar crucial for proper metabolic function. This includes but is not limited to:
- Creation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy currency of your body
- Relaxation of blood vessels
- Muscle and nerve function, including the action of your heart muscle
- Proper formation of bones and teeth
- Regulation of blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, which is important for the prevention of type 2 diabetes. For example, magnesium is essential for insulin release by pancreatic B-cells, and acts as a messenger for insulin action.