Often we see scenes in movies, depicting a character who just received challenging information or experienced something unexpected, saying, “I need a drink.” Although we are quite familiar with the intended “drink” reference being alcohol, our body is really signaling us to hydrate with water for that “drink” instead. Dehydration has an exponential effect on the stress response and the associated hormones that manage stress. Hydration helps our body do what it knows how to do best-FUNCTION!
Endorphins, cortisol, prolactin, and vasopressin are some of the powerful hormones released when a body is under physical and/or psychological stress. Dehydration alone will trigger the stress response in a body.
As the body enters into any triggered stress mode, it actually needs water to supplement the process of handling stress byproducts and waste material. Those stress hormones work hard and fast and like any good machine, create some waste that needs to be cleaned up. It uses up water to help the situation come to completion. If water is already in high demand elsewhere, or not available, the cycle cannot complete and it is left in this loop that initiates degeneration, dysfunction and even diseased states.
We have enough “stress” in our day-to-day living to trigger this innate response system. Understanding that dehydration not only triggers that powerful system, but also exacerbates it, is reason alone to drink a cup of water every hour of the day.
“A cup of water an hour, gives you stress management power!”
Drink water. Better yet, drink filtered water. Drink the best quality water you can. Free from chemical additives such as chlorine and fluoride.
Water, properly and frequently ingested, offers preventative protection against many dysfunctions and diseases. The body is predominantly water, 75%, and all the systems of the body require water to perform their functions.
Take your weight. Divide it in half. Use that number as the number of ounces of water to drink daily.
One of the body’s basics and absolute necessities is proper hydration.
There has been a statistical abnormality present over the last several decades. As the grocery store shelves increase in low fat food options, our national obesity rate has soared! How is it that a population that has become so inundated with fat free and low fat options, struggles more than before with not just a few extra pounds, but severe obesity? And at epidemic levels among our children? Well here’s the skinny on our increasing obesity rate:
As our low fat and fat free food markets emerged, the increase in sugar content to those fat reduced products grew. You see, fat carries flavor beautifully, naturally. It also provides satiation. It triggers our digestive system to know the feeling of being full. When you extract the fat, the flavor plummets. But by adding sugar, the flavor is restored. Unfortunately sugar, doesn’t provide the trigger for natural satiation the body was programmed to recognize. So this is just one piece of the sugar/fat puzzle.
Our bodies only need a certain amount of energy that sugar(glucose) provides. And when the cellular work is done that requires energy from glucose, it has to convert any excess sugar (glucose) to fat for storage. Our blood can only have a very limited amount of sugar floating around in it at one time. Diabetics know all about this topic. Sugar can kill us, if present in excess. So our bodies send messages out to insulin to be release from our pancreas. Insulin converts any excess glucose (sugar) into fat to be stored in our fatty tissue for a rainy day. (We can only hope we have enough rainy days to use up all the excess sugar storage).
As we can deduce from this very brief explanation, our low fat food selections have more sugar than the naturally occurring food. We eat more low fat food because we are less satiated (not to mention, seriously addicted to sugar in general…more on that later). We ingest more sugar than we need. The excess sugar is stored as fat. And here we have one of today’s serious health epidemics, obesity….
Sugar a.k.a Fat
Fat is not the enemy our current dietary ideology has made it out to be. Yes, too much fat, physiologically present in our tissue and organs can pose serious problems, but so can too much water, or too much salt, or too much sugar, etc….
Fat is an essential element in the healthy function of our bodies and minds. Lipid (fat) layers are what each cell membrane is made of. It provides the flexible strength to the cell membrane. If we don’t consume good quality dietary fat, the membrane of every cell in our body is compromised. And compromised cellular structure gives way to real enemies…dysfunction and disease.
Learn more about why fat is important. Don’t be afraid of fat. Be picky about the kind of fat you consume and choose fats that our bodies know what to do with. Those are friendly fats! And they have been around for thousands of years. Some examples: Pure, cold pressed nut and seed oils, butter from grass fed cows, pure high quality olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, just to name a few.
Never eat margarine or spreads. There are chemically created and highly processed. No fake butter out there is good for you. And get rid of your shortening while you’re at it. Again, highly processed and highly toxic to your body.
Rule of thumb: the further from nature something is through stages of processing to get it on the grocery store shelf, the more of an enemy it is to your body.
There are 4 grams of sugar per 1 tsp.
The next time you pick of a soda, yogurt, package of cookies, candy bar, etc. look at the nutritional label. If the sugar content says 32 grams, do some quick math. 32 grams / 4 grams = 8 tsps….. yes, that means 32 grams of sugar is 8 tsps of sugar in that cup of yogurt, can of pop, or whatever.
You now have the ability to know how many teaspoons of sugar you are consuming in any product you place in our mouth just by using the data on the label. It might help you decide to say “no” to that item and replace it with a better option….less sugar option:)
Pick something fresh today to eat! It doesn’t need to be really sweet.
In 1821, the average person consumed 10 lbs of sugar per year. USDA statistics in 2005 stated the average person consumed 199 lbs of sugar per year! That is a little over 1/2 lb of sugar per day!
Any way to cut back on the sugar you consume each day, will reward your body in the long run.