Water is often the forgotten ingredient in a healthy diet. Water accounts for 60% of body weight and is vital for all body functions. It is used to generate energy, propel nerve impulses and drive muscle contractions.
Over time, mild dehydration poses numerous health risks, including:
- cancer. Low fluid consumption has been associated with increased risk of colon, breast and urinary tract cancers.
- kidney stones. Low fluid intake promotes the development of kidney stones, concentrating the calcium salts and other compounds into stones.
- diminished coordination and thinking. Without sufficient water, hand-eye coordination is reduced and reaction time slows. The mind is less nimble and short-term memory deteriorates.
- medication problems. Low water intake concentrates drugs in the body, effectively raising the doses, and increasing the risks of side effects and toxicity.
- constipation. Low fluid intake results in less water in the colon and drier and harder stools.
- The standard 8 glasses of water a day is a good recommendation for necessary intake, but other factors such as the amount of fibre in your diet, whether you take diuretics, are pregnant or nursing are dieting or travelling all need to be taken into consideration. A good gauge is the colour and odour of your urine. It should be nearly colourless - no darker than straw - and be odourless.
- Vitamins and Minerals
- Essential Amino Acids
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Essential Glyconutrients/Carbohydrates
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Copyright 2005 Glyconutrients Reference - Last Updated May 2005
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