THE DYNAMICS OF DEHYDRATION
When dehydrated, the body has no stored water to draw on. However the body adapts to this shortage of water or food. Its essential functions are preserved until we have access to food or water. Histamine emergency measures set in. Histamine becomes a temporary substitute for water by releasing energy to some extremely essential body functions. We adapt to this false information that water is not available and fail to drink water. Proteins and enzymes become inefficient and eventually the cells cease to function. As we age, the water content in our cells become less than the water outside the cells of the body. (Normally 66% of the water in the body is in the cells. The body has a trillion cells. When the body is deficient in water, these cells wrinkle like prunes and cannot function efficiently.
The body has a ration system in effect when water is short in the body. It determines the amount of water needed for various organs of the body. Those other body areas get much less water and lose function, produce pain, and eventually these body cells degenerate.
Our bodies first react to this shortage by feeling anxious, depressed, and heavy headed. We have difficulty sleeping, uncontrollable cramps, and a desire to be alone. Later dehydration problems result in asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, type II diabetes and autoimmune diseases (as arthritis). With longstanding dehydration symptoms of angina, migraines, colitis, rheumatoid joint pains and fibromyalgia occur.
Salt is essential for survival, and is an important dietary supplement. Salt, water, and potassium (K) regulate the water content of the body. Potassium (K) is present in the cells and holds water in them. (K is readily available in foods.) Sodium (Na) is also needed in the daily diet and balances the water outside the cell. K controls water in the cells and Na controls water outside the cells. Salt is a natural antihistamine and anti-stress element. It is needed to remove excess acidity from the cells through the urine via the kidneys. Salt also preserves seratonin and melatonin levels. Muscle tone and strength are maintained by sodium. Sodium helps supply oxygen to cells, increases the blood circulation, and decreases the acidity in the blood. Sodium is vital for sleep regulation, and also balances sugar levels.
Sodium helps absorb good particles from the bowels and clears mucous and congestion from the lungs. Excess saliva, and muscle cramping are prevented by adequate salt intake. It helps seratonin and melatonin levels for sense of well being, maintains libido, and helps bones stay firm.
The body needs 3-4 grams of salt for every 10 glasses of water. This amounts to one half teaspoon of salt daily. Sea salt has 80 minerals and is the preferred salt for ingestion. One can add salt to juices. This balances the Na-K ratio and makes the juices sweeter.