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?Need more energy? Overcome the afternoon slump & get more done! (Periscope replay)

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11 Ways Dehydration is to Blame for Your Health Issues

Dehydration is a hidden cause of many ailments, and 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Chances are, you suffer from at least one of the following symptoms, which may be alleviated simply by drinking more water.

1. Constipation

The colon requires a lot of water to eliminate waste properly. Without it, waste moves through the large intestine slowly or not at all.

2. Excess Weight

 It’s no secret that water can aid in weight loss, and not getting enough water will cause your body to pack on the pounds.

3. Lack of Energy

 When we don’t get enough water, the enzymatic activity in the body slows down, resulting in fatigue.

4. High Cholesterol

 The body produces more cholesterol in order to prevent water loss from the cells when we are dehydrated.

5. Skin Problems

 It’s no secret that dry skin is one of the first signs of dehydration. But you can also attribute premature wrinkles, psoriasis, dermatitis and discoloration to a lack of water which makes the skin more susceptible to these issues due to not being able to properly eliminate toxins through the pores.

6. Respiratory Issues

 The amount of histamine in our bodies increases as our water levels decrease, and airways are restricted in order to conserve water.

7. Bladder & Kidney Issues

 Toxins build up in our systems when we don’t have an adequate intake of water, and can lead to infection, inflammation and pain in our bladder and kidneys.

8. High Blood Pressure

 Blood thickens and leads to increased blood pressure when we are dehydrated.

9. Premature Aging

 Chronic dehydration can weaken our organs including the skin, resulting in an aged appearance. Staying hydrated plumps up the skin cells and helps us to appear more youthful.

10. Digestive Issues

Lack of water and alkaline minerals can wreak havoc on our digestive systems, resulting in ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux.

11. Joint Pain/Stiffness

 Joint pain and stiffness may be a result of a lack of water, which is used to cushion joints and help them move properly.
So how much water should you be drinking? We recommend a minimum of half your body weight in ounces daily. Why? Because that’s how much you lose each day through breathing, sweating, urinating and defecating. Consuming less than what you are losing is bound to lead to at least one of the above problems. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, exercising rigorously or living in a hot climate you should aim to drink even more than the minimum.
Ionized alkaline water from an electric water ionizer is believed by Japanese scientists to be even more hydrating than standard water and to hydrate on a cellular level. It makes the alkaline minerals in your water bioavailable and does not result in a waterlogged feeling, allowing you to drink more with ease.

6 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy

We’ve all faced sudden bouts of fatigue and have likely looked to coffee, soda, or energy drinks for a temporary boost to get through a particularly challenging morning, commute, or afternoon slump from time to time.

The problem with these temporary solutions is that they are acidifying to the body and very difficult to neutralize. When large amounts of caffeinated beverages are consumed on a regular basis, we are contributing to an underlying cause of fatigue: dehydration.

Despite the fact that all beverages have a water content, caffeinated beverages make the body steal alkaline minerals from itself in order to offset the acidity, which is a very draining process.

But fortunately there are many natural alternatives to caffeine which can help boost your energy when needed.

#1. Drink ionized alkaline water

Ionized alkaline water from an electric water ionizer is supercharged and naturally energizing. Not only will it deliver antioxidants and bioavailable minerals to your cells, but it is microclustered for deeper hydration. Because it is said that the number one cause of the dreaded “afternoon slump” is due to dehydration, this is great news. Tap and bottled waters simply can’t compete with ionized alkaline water because they are acidic on the pH scale and oxidizing to the body. By nourishing your body with filtered ionized alkaline water you are fueling your internal gas tank with the best and most energizing water on the planet. For an added boost, you can try adding a pinch of natural sea salt to your water.

#2. Get enough sleep

Obviously sleep deprivation is a cause of fatigue and damaging to the body. By getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night you are allowing your body to heal and rejuvenate itself. If you feel that you don’t have enough hours in the day to get enough sleep then it is time to re-evaluate your schedule and your priorities.

#3. Make time for exercise

Everyone knows that exercise can be an instant mood and energy booster. Even going for a short walk on your lunch break may be able to rev up your hormones and get your body geared up for tackling the rest of the day.

#4. Get juicing

Juicing regularly is one of the healthiest things you can do. It provides your body with an abundance of healthy alkaline minerals and helps offset toxicity and deficiency. Aim to drink at least one fresh made juice or smoothie a day, and focus on getting as many green leafy vegetables and alkaline fruits like avocado and lemon in it as possible. Avoid using overly sugary fruits like pineapple and banana, which can cause a spike in blood sugar and defeat the purpose of healthy juicing and smoothie making.

#5. Choose healthy snacks and eat only until full

Nuts and seeds are great healthy alkaline snacks that provide an energy boost. We recommend pre-soaking them overnight for easier digestion and then carrying a small bag of them around with you. Raw veggies are also a great alkaline snack choice that can keep you energized. And eating only until full allows your body not to be overburdened and thus to have more energy to spare.

#6. Watch what you eat

It’s no secret that heavy or fried foods like pasta and French fries can zap your energy instead of providing energy. By choosing salads or other alkaline, raw foods instead of unhealthy and acidic foods you are providing your body with an healthy energy source instead of an energy drain.

By implementing any or all of these natural solutions, you won’t have to worry about grabbing an unhealthy beverage to combat an afternoon slump or bleary-eyed commute to work again!