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The Importance of Water.

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The Importance of Water All cells contain water even bone and blood cells. Your body needs water to function not function better. In our society it is so easy to forget to drink water - why? Water: * Makes up 80% of total body weight * Is a bio-chemical solvent - it participates in the tens of thousands of chemical reactions within our bodies at one time * Helps maintain electrical balance and acid-alkali balance * Regulates body heat * Acts as a lubricant * Makes up the bulk of the lymphatic and blood systems * There is no part of our anatomy or physiology which is not water dependant * Eliminates toxic substances from the body * Necessary to maintain healthy skin, hair and organs Circulation: * A car needs fuel * Circulation needs water * Water delivers oxygen and nutrients via bloodstream to muscles * Muscles are 75% water Digestion: * Poor digestion of proteins (poor levels of gastric fluid) will compromise hydration levels * Proper hydration of blood involves correct protein digestion * Protein structures help to retain plasma concentrations (viscosity) Tap water is better than no water A filter is a good idea but initially it may be expensive Bottled water is fine as an alternative Thirst is: * Regulated by the hypothalamus which is in the brain * Sensitive to body salts * Water levels drop - salt level increases - sets off thirst alarm * Salt maintains the structure of all cells * Cells cannot determine how much water they need - only how much salt * Cells ...read more.

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* Can contribute to adrenal exhaustion and hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) * Cola = 35-40mg of caffeine per glass * A high intake of caffeine can lead to a condition known as 'caffeinism' Adrenal exhaustion and burn - out syndrome. * Anxiety and panic feelings * Hyperventilation * Headache * Nervous tic and twitches * Rapid heart beat * Depression or general irritability * Nocturnal or restless leg syndrome Needing a cup of coffee or tea to ' get going' in the morning is a sure sign of addiction. Caffeine is a socially accepted drug and can become very addictive. There can be no progress made with chronic fatigue syndrome if caffeine is still being drunk. Tobacco * Nicotine from one cigarette can cause an increase in blood sugar, this is due to stimulation of the adrenal glands. * Studies show a surge of 36% - 75% for up to 20 mins. * This surge is usually followed by a subsequent fall in blood sugar levels. * This can cause a see-saw effect. * Smoker - cigarette - lift- 15 to 20 minutes needs another lift. * In between falls in blood sugar creates a desire for anything which will quickly raise levels. * Caffeine, sugar, chocolate, alcohol. Smoking = vit. C loss. 25mg of vit.C per cigarette. Vit. C deficiency contributes to depression Food Intolerances * 30% of depressed patients suffer from food intolerances or sensitivities. * How or why food influences mental health is seen as a complex and controversial topic. ...read more.

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* Cups of herb tea * Two cups of decaffeinated tea or coffee * One glass of dry white or red wine per day DEAD SEA SALTS The very high concentration of minerals in the salts, tiny quantities of which enter the body through the pores, have a natural therapeutic action on the skin and benefits the body as a whole. Their effect on the external body is to boost the skin's excretory function by dissolving the dehydrated dead cells which accumulate on the surface. This speeds up the elimination of the body's waste and has a smoothing and refining effect on the skin. Of the 28 naturally occurring minerals in the salts, three are particularly valuable for our internal health; * potassium, which regulates the fluid balance within our bodies and the circulation of blood and lymph * magnesium, our body's main 'nerve food' * bromide which has a calming and restorative effect on the system Because these substances are part of the body's own make-up they are immediately 'recognised', absorbed and put to use. Regular salt baths can correct all sorts of imbalances within the body. They encourage gentle detoxification of the system and reduce fluid retention in the tissues, which can assist weight loss and relieve problems affecting the joints. They act as an antidote to the potentially damaging effects of stress and strengthen our resistance to disease. They also safeguard that cornerstone of our health and well-being: sleep. By quelling anxiety and restoring calm, a salt bath taken at the end of a gruelling day both aids and enhances sleep. 1 ...read more.

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