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Dave Foreman

Water perhaps the most critical nutrient

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

It is estimated that 60 percent of your body weight is water. Staying hydrated is the key to many aspects of health. Most people take water for granted. We don't usually think about staying hydrated until those warmer months when we are sweating buckets. Regretably, warm weather or increased activity are not the only reasons to look at hydration. Your body is constantly losing water – through your breath as you exhale, through your skin as you perspire, and through urine. This water must be replaced to maintain good health. I believe that dehydration is the cause of many headaches. I always say that it wasn't those two pain relieving tablets that made your headache go away; it was the 12 ounces of fluids you drank when you took them.

For years I preached water, water, water only. No soda, coffee, etc., but when it comes to hydration, we are able to get water from our foods and many other sources. (I still think water is the best way to re-hydrate!)

Staying hydrated is very important to our health and well-being. As little as a 1 to 2 percent decrease in fluids can lead to difficulty concentrating. Sweat is the way in which your body cools itself. If you dehydrate and stop perspiring, you are in danger of overheating. From the saliva in the mouth to the softening of your stool, water plays an important role throughout the entire digestive tract. Cells utilize water to transport nutrients in and waste out.When it comes to hydration and your skin, water is the key to reducing wrinkles and looking younger. Our skin is just like the plum; well hydrated it is smooth and supple. Dry it out and you have a wrinkled up prune. Simply put, water or staying hydrated can not be overlooked year round.

In addition to hydrating, we also need to look at Electrolytes. Electrolytes, such as potassium, sodium and chloride, are nutrients that are important for maintaining the body's fluid balance. Since electrolytes are lost through sweat it is important that you replace them regularly.Whether you choose sports drinks, juices or get them through fruits and veggies doesn't matter – just get them!

So how much water should you consume? The old 8 glasses a day was always confusing to me. What is a glass? Is it 8 ounces? 12? Can I drink it all at once? My philosophy is easy. The minimum amount of water consumed each day should be half your body weight in ounces of water. Example: 150 pound person would consume a minimum of 75 ounces of water per day. Why do I say minimum? A person who is more active or sweats a lot may require larger amounts due to the extra loss of fluids. Again, these are guidelines and can be modified to your specific needs or health.

TIME RELEASED WATER

Yes, you read that right – time released water. I live in Florida, the Sunshine State and keeping hydrated is sometimes difficult. My son plays on a club soccer team and often has 2 to 3 games in a day if there is a tournament. How can he (you) possibly stay hydrated in high heat, humidity and all of that activity? It is simple, eat fruit. My son now preaches my words – eat your water – to his teammates and it works. I have found that the best fruits are in the melon family or apples and oranges. Melons by far are the best and can be eaten all day long. I find it important to try to not mix melon with other foods that are high in protein (for some reason it seems to not work as well). Also, try Chia! Since it can hold up to 30 times its weight in water it is also a great form of time released water. It too contains electrolytes and can have multiple benefits for keeping you from dehydrating.

Finally, don't wait until you are dry or fatigued. Drinking fluids throughout the day is the best way to stay ahead. If you have to, force yourself to drink. The following are some other recommendations on how to avoid getting dehydrated this summer:

  • Flavor your water if you need to
  • Avoid salty foods (canned, processed, frozen)
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables (they naturally contain water)
  • Drink before, during and after any physical activity
  • Avoid beverages that are high in sugar, caffeine or alcohol (they may contribute to dehydration)
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