Jaco Malan

A Heads Up About Hydration

A day in the “office” temperature yesterday in my workshop.

Here is what is happening in the bodies of millions of people every day:

Water makes up approximately 70% of the human body. Most of the water is found within the cells. The rest is found in the space between cells and in the blood vessels. No bodily function can occur without it; no organ can perform its task; it is essential for life. Our body requires a certain amount of water or fluid level to perform its normal sensations and functions. If there is decreased intake and increased loss of water or fluid from the body, it results in the condition of dehydration, which ultimately leads to abnormal functioning of the body.

Most people understand this, but many seem to believe that coffee, tea and soft drinks provide adequate hydration to keep us healthy. They do just the opposite and the chronic state of dehydration that results can have devastating health effects, including:

Symptoms of Dehydration

  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sweating stops
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heart palpitations
  • Lightheadedness
  • Weakness
  • Decreased urine output

 Dehydration can cause

  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke – Dehydration causes the blood to become thicker and lose volume. This causes the heart to work harder to deliver blood throughout the body and the blood itself carries less oxygen in this reduced state. Blood that is thicker clots more readily and is more likely to break off a plaque and carry it to a vital organ, like the heart or brain.
  • Kidney failure – Reduced blood flow caused by the hypovolemia of dehydration will inhibit the kidneys’ ability to adequately perform the task of filtering the blood. Over time this can lead to kidney failure, which is reversible if treated early.
  • Shock – Reduced blood flow due to dehydration reduces oxygen delivery to the organs. Over time the organs begin to malfunction which can lead to organ failure and even death.
  • Heat Stroke – Excessive sweating to control body temperature in a hot environment can lead to dehydration. If the sufferer is not moved from the heat and rehydrated, his/her body temperature will elevate and heat stroke may occur. This is a medical emergency and the patient should get immediate medical care.
  • Electrolyte imbalance – Potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium are trace minerals that are necessary for all organ and system functions in the human body. Dehydration can disturb the normal levels of these electrolytes and cause weakness, heart palpitations and seizures.

Chronic dehydration is no laughing matter, though most people live in this physical state. Many health experts believe – and numerous studies have shown – that dehydration is a risk factor for life-threatening illness and has a premature aging effect upon the human body. And as health issues go, there is nothing easier to treat and prevent. It is a simple as 1-2-3:

  1. Hydrate – My rule of thumb has always been to drink one-half of your body weight in ounces of water (not juice, coffee, tea, soda, etc.) each day. If you are ill, exercising vigorously or exposed to very hot environmental conditions you may need more. So if you weigh 120 pounds you should drink 60 ounces (about 8 cups) of water per day.
  2. Spike your water – A pinch of glacial salt will add potassium, magnesium and sodium to your water without changing the taste. This is a lot less expensive than those pricey bottled waters with electrolytes. REAL salt is a glacial salt product found in most supermarkets.
  3. Reduce your caffeine intake – Caffeine is a diuretic. It makes you urinate excessively and that fluid lost is vital and must be replaced. Find a happy medium where you can get enough caffeine to satisfy your needs and get enough water to keep your levels healthy.

Medical conditions which causes dehydration

  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney failure
  • Malnutrition
  • Cocaine overdose
  • Food poisoning
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Cholera
  • Mercury poisoning
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • AIDS
  • Gastritis
  • Vibrio infection
  • Hypermesis graviderum
  • Digestive tract infections
  • Heat stroke
  • Chemical poisoning
  • Amebic dysentery
  • Pancreatitis
  • Colitis etc

Homeopathic remedies for dehydration:

  • GELSEMIUM SEMPERVIRENS – Symptoms like dullness, dizziness, drowsiness, epilepsy are appeared than this Gelsemium may be prescribed.
  •  IPECACUANHA – Symptoms like thirstlessness, pre- nausea feeling, Vomiting are appeared than Ipecacuanha may be prescribed.
  • CUPRUM METALLICUM – When in condition of cholera severe water loss takes place than cuprum may cover its all symptoms. Medicine may also covers symptoms like cramps and convulsions when beginning in fingers and toes and rather than spreading all over the body. Symptoms are worse at 3 a.m. and relief takes place from only drinking water.
  • CINCHONA OFFICINALIS (CHINA) – China is suited to both acute and chronic conditions of diarrhoea. When prolonged, long standing diarrhoea takes place and it causes patient to broken down and pumped out than china should be used in condition.
  • CARBO VEGETABLIS – This medicine is suited to when dehydration takes place from painful diarrhoea with frequent, involuntary, cadaverous smelling stool followed by burning in rectum especially in old peoples. It may also used in collapse stage of cholera.
  • ACONITUM NAPELLUS – When acute diarrhoea takes place from the fear and fright than acute dehydration occurs we use aconitum napellus to cure it.
  • PODOPHYLLUM – When diarrhoea in morning and continues through forenoon, followed by natural stool in evening with sensation of weakness of sinking in stomach than it is effective remedy. Children’s suffer from the dehydration during teething, after eating due to diarrhoea.
  • ARSENIC ALBUM – When diarrhoea starts after eating and drinking of contaminant water than it is effective remedy. It is prescribed when the character of diarrhoea is yellowish colour with very offensive smell. Severe diarrhoea may leads to dehydration.

Hydrate 2:

USES: To help maintain a healthy level of hydration in the body. See in General Remedy on Forum