Cellular Health & Water
When you usually think about health, you think about the most obvious parts of your body, and usually, the ones that will cause obvious problems when something goes wrong – the heart, the brain, the lungs, the skin – without thinking about the next level...
Cells are actually what make up your heart, brain, skin, lungs and the rest of your body.
And because they all need to work together, each cell is dependent upon other cells in other systems to do its job, communicate, and collaborate.
But you don't feel these processes and often don't realize that your cells are not working properly until major illness or disease sets in.
Are my cells aging?
Unfortunately, many of the life-stages you consider as a normal part of aging are, in fact, signs of cell degeneration and distress.
High-stress lifestyles, processed foods, chemicals, and excessive use of prescription drugs bombard your cells and make it difficult for these tiny—yet essential parts of your bodies to perform properly.
The good news is maintaining cellular health are things you already know in theory, the difficulty comes in putting them into practice.
So let's start with the basics... staying hydrated.
Cells are primarily made up of water
- Brain and heart: 73%
- Lungs: 83%
- Skin: 64%
- Muscles and kidneys: 79%
- Bones: 31%
So... water is important and even more essential as you age. When you are born approximately 75% of your body is water, but by the time you reach middle age, your body's water content can be as low as 50%.
Why do I lose water as I age?
There are a few reasons as to why you lose water as you age. One is that your gut plays an essential part in making sure your body gets enough water. The water that you drink goes to your intestines and needs to transfer from the intestinal lining into your cells through the bloodstream.
So why do people have issues with hydration, even though they might drink heaps of water?
As you age, your cells ability to absorb water weakens, so just increasing your water intake isn't enough to keep your cells hydrated. Your body needs to be supplemented with other nutrients and fibre. Eating foods with high water content along with healthy fats, soups, bone broths, coconut water, and sea salt can all help with absorption.
How do I know if I'm drinking enough?
There are lots of opinions out there as to how much water you should drink a day. But this will vary from person to person, and your body will generally tell you, so you should always listen to your body.
- Common signs like headaches, brain fog, fatigue, lack of energy tell us that we are not hydrated.
- The color of your urine is another indicator. The clearer it is then more likely that you are at optimal hydration levels.
Why have times changed?
Things are different now to when they were almost 60 years ago. When I was growing up, there wasn't this fixation with water, and I did fine without having a water bottle on me during the day.
Where today some people never go anywhere without their water bottle on hand. They are everywhere... in school bags, desktops, and cars.
However, we now live in a different environment, mostly indoors, in cars, offices and sealed homes. We also eat less fresh food and substitute foods that dehydrate us. Many take medications that dehydrate us further, and we are subject to incandescent lighting and ever-more-present electronic devices.
These are all very dehydrating things.
So it is essential to keep up a decent input of water throughout the day.
Don't drink tap water!
I never have drunk tap water and I never will... unless I am forced to.
Tap water is full of contaminants and added chemicals. In some areas, both fluoride and chlorine are added and are both harmful chemicals to your health.
I recommend either drinking distilled water, reverse osmosis water, or run it through a quality water filter to remove those chemicals.
Top Tip: Purifying water using distillation or reverse osmosis removes minerals AND toxins. That’s another reason to take a good quality vitamin and mineral supplement to keep your cells in top condition.
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