We mean well, but rehydrating our parched temple with diet soda, energy drinks, Mt. Dew, beer, margaritas, wine spritzers is not the wisest decision as caffeine and alcohol contribute to rapid dehydration. Excess alcohol consumption can cause dehydration in a variety of ways and sugary desserts, doughnuts, ice cream, muffins, highly processed breads, pasta, and grains require a lot of water to digest. Dietitians agree the temple uses a lot of water to metabolize these foods, which depletes water reserves leading to dehydration. Plus, you don’t get any nutrients, just unpleasant, disease-mimicking effects.
Some symptoms of dehydration include confusion, irritability, dark colored urine, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, frequent urination, reduced blood flow to the extremes, sunken eyes and cheek. High blood pressure is common among the chronically dehydrated. It can also be a warning sign of dehydration.
Icy cold food and drinks might provide a short-lived cooling effect, but consuming these food and beverages food leads to an increase in temperature as the process of digestion is heat-generating. This combined with the rapid cooling initiated by cold food and drinks means your temple over-compensates by increasing your core temperature. So you may actually end up feeling hotter than you did!
Drinking an air-temp or hot drink increases the temples heat load and responds by sweating. The output of sweat is greater than the internal heat gain, and this is where it all starts to make sense ― when the sweat evaporates from the skin, it cools us down,
Dehydration is relatively preventable. Basically, take in more water than you lose. Drink water throughout the day, back off caffeine and alcohol, eat as much watery fruits and vegetables as you are able, mind your thirst levels and rehydrate accordingly, check your urine—if you are drinking enough, it should be a pale straw color.
Certain fruit and vegetables score highly in this regard, so consider eating more strawberries, cucumber, zucchini, celery, lettuce, Hoosier cantaloupes, and local watermelon if we want to up the H2O. Watermelon is the juiciest and one of most colorful of fruits to rehydrate.
Pedialyte, the electrolyte drink of our childhood, has suddenly become the drink of pop culture. You'll find it in pro sports locker rooms for rehydration and in our fridges to help you get through hangovers.
Include dark leafy-green salads with a rainbow of vegetables. Lettuce is 95 percent water so it keeps you both cool and hydrated. Throw extra cucumbers on top, which are 96 percent water. Make pitchers of cucumber, fresh mint, peaches, and strawberry water and carry a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day.
Plain and simple: pure water hydration is the staff of all life. Both mother earth and our temple are two-thirds water by divine design. I doubt any garden would survive, let alone flourish being watered with anything other than the colorless, transparent, odorless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, rain and all lifeforms.
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