One morning when I was writing happy@work, I found myself online searching for information about “water.” I was in the midst of a short chapter about drinking water as an energy tip. Considering how many people do not drink sufficient amounts of water I felt it was a necessary chapter. You can’t be very happy at work if you’re dehydrated.
My Google search that morning led me to a world of information about the negative side effects of not drinking sufficient water – dehydration – particularly as it relates to back pain and, interestingly enough, dementia.
Speak with almost any chiropractor and you’ll learn how many of their patients, complaining of back pain, are dehydrated.
And there is a pile of empirical evidence pointing to dehydration as a contributor to dementia and Alzheimers.
During autopsies of people with Alzheimers most of their brains were dehydrated. And speaking with people who work in assisted living facilities confirmed that their residents with dementia who drink more water are more alert and responsive.
Other symptoms that can be caused by dehydration, according to Web Md, are loss of mental focus and heart palpitations. More about symptoms of dehydration.
There are a myriad of good reasons to be drinking the recommended amount of water daily; typically about eight glasses or, as some sources recommend, half an ounce of water per 1 lb. of body weight. For a 140 pound person, it would be 70 ounces or about nine glasses, assuming an eight ounce glass. Soda does not count, nor does coffee or tea. As a matter of fact coffee will add to your dehydration.
A colleague of Georgia’s started bringing a large water bottle, like the one to the right, filled with sliced lemon, cucumber and mint leaves to work as a way to increase her water consumption. This inspired Georgia to do the same so now she’s getting a decent amount of water each day. After a few weeks of this new practice she has more energy and feels happier more of the time.
Since so many people seem not to like the “taste” of plain water, adding fruit slices may be just what you need to motivate you to increase your water intake.
However you choose to do it, drinking the recommended amount of pure water each day will go a long way toward improving your overall health and well being.
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