How Much Water is Needed to Stay Hydrated

How Much Waters Needed to Stay Hydrated?

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Drink Plenty of Water!

8-10, 8-ounce glasses a day.

A lot of people miss the signs of mild dehydration. A change in mood, constipation, muscle cramps, tight calves, and constipation can all signal that your water levels are running low.

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I'm Thirsty!

Children have stronger thirst mechanisms.

If you are a parent you can probably remember a time when your child would cry and carry on that they were so thirsty they could not wait for a drink of water. We probably didn’t take this seriously and thought they were overreacting. As it turns out our thirst mechanism is so strong when we are young that they probably were not exaggerating how thirsty they really felt. As we age that thirst mechanism stops working like it did when we are younger so we are not notified we are thirsty until it is too late. Drinking water becomes much more of a chore as we get older and often times we just don’t realize how deficient we are.

Signs you are not Drinking Enough Water

Know the signs and stay hydrated.

Know the signs and stay hydrated.

  • Bad breath - When you are hydrated your body produces enough saliva in the mouth to keep it adequately moistened. Saliva possesses antibacterial properties that regulate bacterial growth in the mouth. If a person becomes dehydrated the saliva production in the mouth reduces causing unpleasant breath.
  • Dry skin - Well hydrated skin appears doughy while dehydrated skin exhibits a lack of elasticity and resilience. If you pinch the skin together it will not melt back into the body which also points to dehydration.

  • Sleepiness - Since almost all bodily functions are dictated by fluids you will notice you become sluggish and tired if you are dehydrated.

  • Irritability and Confusion - Dehydration can cause electrolyte balances in the blood to be off and affect our mood and emotions. Electrolyte imbalances alter serotonin which is responsible for our mood.

  • Headaches - A headache is your body’s alarm system letting you know that the body is under stress caused by dehydration.

  • Constipation - A lack of fluid shows up as constipation because the body will redirect fluids into the bloodstream where the need is greater and take away fluids from the digestive tract. Some people start eating high fiber because of constipation only to find that it makes constipation worse. If you increase your fiber intake you need to increase your water intake to get the benefits. 

  • Low blood pressure - Dehydration causes your body’s blood flow to become insufficient to transport enough oxygen and nutrients to various organs,

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness - Because many of the body’s organs are not being run properly due to lack of water this also includes the brain. 

  • Urine changes - The quantity and color of your urine will reflect your water intake. Darker yellow urine indicating moderate dehydration and brown urine signaling a much more serious condition that could reflect that your organs are shutting down from extreme dehydration.

  • Muscle Cramps - This will happen when the nerves which connected to the muscles are not surrounded by as much water and sodium as is needed. Involuntary muscle spasms are the result.

How Much Water is Needed to get Rehydrated?

To think that you can drink 8 - 8-ounce glasses of water and be good to go once you have become dehydrated is false. It can take several weeks to a month to totally get your tissues saturated. Each time you drink water only a small amount stays with you as it passes through the body. There are some temperatures that you will not be able to keep hydrated in no matter how much water you drink. In high humidity and sun heavy exercise should be avoided. 

Heat Stroke

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Heat stroke occurs when a body is not able to regulate its temperature in severely hot climates due to the sun. Heat stroke is much more severe and is a medical emergency. If not immediately treated it could damage the brain and other parts of the nervous system

Symptoms of Heat Stroke

  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Lack of sweating
  • Red hot and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat, which could be strong or weak
  • Rapid or shallow breathing
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

Heat Exhaustion

This is a dangerous condition.

This is a dangerous condition.

Heat exhaustion occurs when a person is severely exhausted due a lack of fluids and dehydration. Water in the body is used to get rid of heat produced during exertion. If a person is not hydrated sufficiently or is in temperatures that they can’t stay hydrated in then they would not be able to get rid of excessive heat and thus heat exhaustion occurs.  

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat

  • Heavy sweating
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headache
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If you or someone you know has any of the symptoms of heatstroke or heat exhaustion don’t take it lightly and take the necessary steps to ensure their safety. Get the patient to lay down and elevate their feet preferably in air conditioning. Give them cool water to drink while you spray or sponge them off with cool water while fanning them. Remove any unnecessary clothing to try to help cool their body down. Call for help so that you have the proper care if their symptoms should worsen.

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Benefits of Copper Water Vessels

Benefits of Drinking Water From Copper Vessels

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We are at a place in history where we are really starting to take a look at ancient remedies. It has taken us some time to realize that our ancestors knew a lot more than we gave them credit for. With all the advancements in science and our understandings of health we have ignored some very valuable practices that are now coming back.

What did our ancestors know about copper containers? 

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It wasn't uncommon to store your water daily in a copper container.

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Our ancestors used copper vessels to purify their water.

Many East Indians used copper to store water for centuries. Copper occurs naturally in the earth’s layer and water bodies. Copper is a trace mineral that is very essential for survival. It helps with formation of collagen and the absorption of iron which helps produce energy. Since copper can’t be produced in the body adding it is the only way we can benefit from it. There are many stories out there about copper being poisons and they just aren’t true.  

How Much of a Good Thing is too Much?

Drinking your copper water in the morning and evening is the best. As a precaution it is good to take a break. Drink copper water for several months and then take a month break. In most cases the body will easily dispel any excess during this time. If there is any build up of copper in the system it was likely traced back to a home that had copper piping and acidic water. Filling your copper bottle with highly acidic low PH water could also dissolve too much copper into the water. Read my post on, “What is Bottled Water Doing to my Health?” for more information on acidic water. 

Why Were Copper Containers Used?

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Water stored for over 8 hours in a copper vessel produces what is called The Oligodynamic affect. This affect would cleanse the water and ionize it with nutrients. Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has registered copper as the only solid surface material that can kill bacteria. Many hospitals are equipping their patient rooms and operating rooms with copper alloy surfaces, replacing door knobs, bed rails and tray tables.

Ayurveda Medicine has Something to say About Copper too!

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Ayurveda states that copper balances our three doshas in our body, Vata, Pita and Kapha. This happens because of the copper that has a positive charge in the water. Deposits of copper in the water is thought to be healthy and in Sanskrit it is called Tamra Jal. Check out www.vasanti.com for more information on balancing doshas with copper water.

Good Practices

Fill up your copper water bottle and make sure it has a lid and set it at your bed side for the night. In 6-8 hours just the perfect amount of copper will be deposited in your water. Drinking the water right away upon waking is very affective at stimulating your morning bowl movement.

What Positive Affects Does Drinking From Copper Have? 

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Benefits of copper water!

Copper is not only an anti-oxidant it is aids in the production of collagen and melanin replenishing our outer layers of our skin keeping us younger looking. It also aids in digestion by stimulating contraction and relaxation of the stomach muscles. Copper’s natural bacteria killing quality also reduces stomach infections by killing off harmful bacteria in the gut. Another interesting fact is that copper helps absorption of iron in the body. This helps us to maintain the levels of iron in our blood and regulates blood flow. Copper is especially helpful for people with anemia helping keep it at bay.  Copper speeds our metabolism boosting our fat burning potential which makes it affective for weight loss. 

Here is a List of Benefits of Copper Water

Kills Bacteria

Aids Digestion

Anti-Aging Builds Collagen and Melanin 

Good for Your Heart

Regulates Thyroid 

Stimulates the Brain

Anti-Inflammatory  

Fights Free Radicals

Aids in Weight Loss

Speeds Metabolism

Increases our Iron Levels

Where do I Find a Nice Copper Container?

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This is my water bottle. Love it! Buy it on Amazon.

There are many beautiful copper containers you can buy on Amazon just be sure they are 100% copper. For your convenience visit my product page for beautiful copper containers.  Don’t worry if they darken or dis-color on the inside it has no affect on the health benefits. To clean up your copper containers use lemon juice. I myself got this beautiful hand painted copper water container on Amazon, not only does it make the water good inside but it makes me feel good on the outside too :).

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312355/

https://www.epa.gov/wqc/aquatic-life-criteria-copper

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-07-19/copper-container-storage-reduces-water/910208