Thursday, February 11, 2010

Appreciating the intrinsic ingredient of life -- Water (4)

There are a few specials notes about
our bodily response to de/hydration:

(a) Feeling thirsty is the final signal for dehydration.
-- hence, do not wait till you feel thirsty before you grab for water,
it's already too late.

(b) Drinking less water will lower sensitivity to dehydration
-- ie constant dehydration will make one feel less thirsty.
This is very dangerous, as it easily kick starts a viscous cycle of:
dehydration--> less thirsty --> worse dehydration --> even less thirsty...

(c) Aging will also lower sensitivity to dehydration
-- this is an important message to old folks at home.
When (c) and (b) combine, the severe viscous cycle
can lead to severe health degeneration and sometimes irreversible.

The take home message is to
constantly actively remind ourselves to drink water and
get into a good habit of drinking plenty of water
(drink from a measureable container so that
one may keep track of how much water has been taken during the day).

The good news is that
the more hydrated our body is,
the more easily we feel thirsty!

One may only need to force oneself into a habit of
drinking a lot of water for just two weeks.
After that, our easily thirsty tongue will remind ourselves
to keep drinking (-- yes, autopilot!).

Toast to better health!
Kee Yew

{Learning Holistic Wellness for Wisdom and Compassion}

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