Water is the ultimate solvent, attracting every impurity to itself and upregulating the cellular detoxification process.
When there’s not enough water in the cells, enzymatic and detoxification by the mitochondria slows down, allowing the buildup of free radicals and dangerous substances.
Low-level chronic dehydration eventually leads to chronic pathology of one type or another.
Studies have even shown that lactic acid and formaldehyde buildup, especially in the brain, leading to cerebral acidocis and eventually things like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Water deficiency in the brain can lead to a feeling of depression and anxiety. With lowered brain function, you’re less likely to be able to cope with social and emotional challenges. Anger, agitation and low energy are all effects of mild dehydration.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can exhibit progressive brain dehydration symptoms as a result of the brain being unable to remove toxins quickly and effectively from the cells, blood and brain tissue. Brain Fog is an accurate description of toxic congestion occurring in the brain.
Not drinking enough water throughout the day impairs overall energy metabolism and specifically mitochondrial respiration.
Excess acids build up inside the cells and lead to oxygen deprivation which damages the mitochondria as well as the entire cell, eventually cascading into diseases like cancer.
When the cells in the body are under-hydrated, a hormone produced in the brain is triggered to constrict blood vessels in areas where there is cellular dehydration. High blood pressure is a common indicator of chronic underhydration. Similarly, the liver’s bile ducts constrict in response to a water shortage resulting in gallstones, a direct effect of dehydration.
Increased cortisol levels, a response to stress, are also triggered in response to inadequate hydration. Emotional responses like “I can’t cope” or “I’m super stressed” can actually be due to the increased cortisol levels responding to underhydration.
People who have lived years without proper water intake are highly likely to see a buildup of toxins throughout the body. Water begins to accumulate outside the cells to help neutralize toxins that accumulate in the body’s tissues. The result is swelling and water retention, which is actually a sign of toxic buildup.
Enzymes in dehydrated cells impact mitochondrial performance and mitochondria become so inefficient they no longer signal dangerous levels of toxic buildup to the detoxification mechanisms in the cell.
Not being thirsty can indicate that there is toxic buildup in the cells leading to extracellular imbalances and visible bloating. A dehydrated person will suffer from decreased energy, decreased physical performance and decreased mental and emotional coping.
Chronic pain can be the body’s response to low water levels and heavy cellular toxic load. Histamines can trigger pain-sensing nerves in the body, triggering intense and continuous pain in the joints, back, neck, and head. The signal to hydrate is usually ignored in favor of taking medications that further dehydrate cells, tissues and organs. Painkillers can further impede the body’s ability to send and receive thirst signals, leading to constipation, headaches and kidney function loss.
Most people will need to reset the thirst mechanism by scheduling regular water breaks throughout the day. Since the body loses a minimum of 8-12 cups of water throughout the day through sweat, feces, urine and oxygen exchange in the lungs, that minimum will be required daily to maintain minimal mitochondrial function.
A good rule of thumb to begin to reset thirst mechanisms from the mitochondria all the way to the organs such as kidneys is to plan on rehydrating with 3-4 liters of high quality pure water throughout the day. Not all at once. Divide your hydration breaks evenly throughout the day to ensure that detoxification can be easily managed within all cellular and organ systems.
At first, you or your client may notice a drastic increase in urination as the body begins to reset stress hormones, brain function, kidney function, cellular function and mitochondrial function.
Think of hydration as the body’s rechargeable battery—an essential component of mitochondrial optimization.