Hydrate or Die, part 2

Welcome to part 2 or Hydrate or Die, my series of articles on why you should make water an important part of your life. If you haven’t read part one of Hydrate or Die, please click here

If you remember back to Hydrate or Die part one I mentioned that dehydration caused a whole host of ailments from:

  • Low back painBarnstaple Personal Trainer water heart
  • Neck pain
  • Angina
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • High cholesterol
  • Weight gain
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes

Today I wanted to concentrate on why dehydration causes pain and what you should do to help eliminate it.

Pain that cannot be determined as coming from injury or an infection should be considered a cry for water from your body.  The sensation of pain comes from local changes around the nerves that are responsible for monitoring the acid/alkaline balance in the body.  This mechanism is designed to safeguard the body against the build up excess acid from movement & metabolic processes that could eat into and burn the cells of the body and cause damage.

When you don’t drink enough water the body is unable to wash away the excess acid. When this happens the nerves send signals to the brain to inform of the increase in the acid levels.

Up to a certain point the body deals with this without you knowing but beyond a certain threshold your body will break this silence and make the conscious mind aware of the situation. If you then fail to increase your water intake the body will keep increasing the intensity of pain until movement and mobility of the effected area this happens to prevent an additional build up of acid and toxins caused by movement.

Because we have become so disassociated from our bodies most people fail to recognise this pain for what it is – a sophisticated, localised thirst signal and a cry for water and instead resort to popping pills made from toxic chemicals, which merely mask the damage that is being done. Drinking plenty of water will usually eliminate the condition but when the problem is left unchecked for an extended period of time and the pain becomes more and more intense doctors usually resort to prescribing drugs or putting someone under the knife for a condition which could have been resolved by eliminating toxic foods and drinking a lot more water.

The pains associated with dehydration are many and include dyspeptic pain which can range from simple heart burn to gastro-oesophageal reflux, nausea and vomiting. Most people take antacids for these when water is the missing ingredient!

Other pains associated with dehydration are rheumatoid arthritis pain, angina pain, low back pain, leg pain on walking, migraine and hangover headaches, colitis pain and false appendicitis pain!

As you can see, there are lots of common “pain” signals that are the bodies subtle way of telling you it is thirsty. But instead of listening to what our bodies are telling us most people pop down the antacids, antihistamines or other pain killing medications.

If we were to take a more proactive approach to our health and fitness these painful conditions could be alleviated or even eliminated altogether. For the above mentioned symptoms try increasing your water intake for two days to at least 2.5 litres per day before you resort to taking analgesics or other pain killing medications. If these symptoms are not “treated” with an optimal level of hydration they could cause permanent damage to the body and can eventually become an irreversible disease and these diseases can spiral all the way to obesity, diabetes and cancer!

And according to the Columbia University School of Public Health, 95% of cancer is caused by poor nutrition and bad environment.

Just think, we can prevent one of the biggest killers by changing our approach to nutrition and EATing Smart, eliminating as many man made chemicals from our lives and making fresh water the centre point in which everything else revolves around.

I’ll be back in a few more days with part 3 of “Hydrate or Die” where I’ll be talking about low back and neck pain.

Until then, keep drinking at least 1 litre of water per 50lb of bodyweight.

Train Hard, EAT Smart!

Marc Kent

Author: Commando Fitness Blueprint