Over Hydration and Cellular Fluidity
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
One of the main regulatory actions in our boides is to maintain cellular balance between water and substance like salt, potassium, calcium etc. Too much of one or of the other brings about an imbalance...seems easy enough right?
Well for some reason we as humans decide to make our lives that much more difficult for ourselves and the way we do this is by over hydrating. Although it is rare to over hydrate to the point of vomiting and death...it is possible to over-hydrate to the point of cold hands and feet along with minor decreases in energy along with other symptoms like peeing too clearly and minor headaches. That's right... read that second to last symptom again. Peeing too clearly and not just too clearly but too often is not a good thing.
Although peeing frequently can be taken as sign of diabetes due to the livers inability to halt gluconeogenesis leading to an increase in Glucose disposal via our urine, it can also be a sign of drinking too much. This is a problem especially if the drinking of water is forced...and why would it be forced? More often then not most people read nutritional media and one of the popular fallacies for weight loss is that we all need to drink a standard set of water each day. Obviously this need to be taken in the correct context however some people do not do this, they literally must drink a certain amount of water each day like it's a math formula...when in reality it is far from one.
Here is a bit of anecdotal evidence to further my point
This is slowly becoming a part of metabolic rehab as too many people are over-hydrating with not just water but with also green smoothies and forcing down protein shakes at the wrong times. These liquid concoctions have a place in health and nutrition, but something as simple as over hydrating can throw your body out of whack way more so than some of things we regard as unhealthy like a slice of pizza or a donut ever could.
I will go more into cellular hydration and salt regulation in a later post. This is just a primer.