The far more accurate expression would be “you are first what you drink and then what you eat.” Our bodies have a recipe, a formula, if you will. It’s 70% water (slight variance around that range) and 30% what you eat. Variations exist for different people and not everyone is exactly the same. Some people get so dehydrated that they have nowhere near 70% water in their body. That changes the formula and their body functions suffer. Could that be you?
You might wonder what’s one of the first symptoms of dehydration. Again, it varies for different individuals, but BRAIN FOG and lack of clarity in thought happens at just 2% dehydration. This can happen EVEN BEFORE YOU GET THIRSTY. Then you can’t even think clearly to take care of all the other matters. You can’t vary the body’s water formula too far without suffering the consequences.
Let’s use an analogy everyone knows. The accepted “normal” human temperature is 98.6 degrees F (37 degrees C). If your temperature goes up to 99.9 degrees F, most of us realize we have a fever and we experience all the “not so fun” sensations that go along with that (chills, headaches, sweating, and once again, brain fog, among others). If our fever gets too high, it can even cause coma and death. Most of us pay very close attention when our temperature varies more than a degree or two.
It’s normal during a 24-hour period to have temperature fluctuations of 0.9 degrees F (0.5 degrees C). Some people also don’t start with normal temperature. Personally, if I have a temperature of 98.6 then I have a fever, because my normal body temperature is 97.5. Humans vary, but we can’t get too far away from how we’re built.
Back to the idea that you are first and foremost what you drink. We pay close attention to body temperature because we all know the problems when it’s not within normal range, especially if it suddenly spikes or plummets. So why do most of us NOT pay close attention to 70% of who we are? Dehydration symptoms might be a bit more subtle so they don’t grab our attention the way a high fever does. A sudden spike or drop in temperature can kill you faster than you can get to the hospital. It’s no different if you have a sudden drastic change in your body’s water content. Change the formula too far and you get to reap the consequences… and most of them you don’t want.
So my message today is about proactivity. Don’t wait for a dehydration crisis. Don’t even wait until you’re thirsty. Choose to drink plenty of good water every few hours like clockwork. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can get optimal amounts of water just from eating fruits and vegetables (which can be mostly water). Even worse, don’t think you get good hydration from drinking soft drinks, sports drinks, or even fruit juices. Sometimes you just need to swallow plain old water during the day. That’s the minimum requirement to keep your body running well.
But I’m here to tell you that you can optimize water even further. Over time, your body will PROVE to you that it mattered. That’s what part of this blog is all about. Find out how to get past the minimum water quality on which your body will survive and go to the level of OPTIMIZING the water you drink. It’s much easier than you think and WAAAAY cheaper than drinking harmful bottled water. If you don’t understand that last comment, you’ll find out by hanging around this blog for a while or attending one of our water education webinars. I’ll drink to that (optimized water of course)!