“Happiness is a state of mind.” – Walt Disney
I used the quote above in a Facebook post today, and was reminded how integral health is in that statement, though it’s not mentioned. How happy can you truly be if you’re starving, in extreme pain, or even dehydrated? Many great scholars and powerful thinkers will tell you that attitude is the last of human freedoms and your state of mind rests upon your willpower. And yet, I always go back to our favorite quote here at EraseDisease.com:
“The groundwork for all happiness is health.”
Dehydration and Heart Disease
Here in Arizona, where summer temperatures can easily rise to over 110-degrees, the seasoned resident appreciates hydration – having a water bottle with them at all times and drinking much more then you think you need. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrating.
If you’re even the slightest bit dehydrated, you’re sluggish, extremely irritable, fatigued, unhappy and probably fighting the onset of a headache. The last thing that you want to do is engaged in activities that make you happy, or spend time with family and friends. In most scenarios, if you’re beginning to dehydrate, all you want to do is lie down.
If you push through the initial symptoms of dehydration, and avoid the signs your body is giving you to drink more water, some more serious symptoms of dehydration will appear:
- Inability to sweat and control body temperature
- Decreased urination
- Weight loss
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pains
Dehydration can cause your heart rate to increase dramatically, because your blood volume is low and the heart is trying to compensate for that. The low blood volume can cause your body to close capillaries, thus increasing pressure on major blood vessels. Due to a lack of water, your blood volume has decreased the blood itself has become thicker and more concentrated. Combined with the fact that capillaries are closing, thicker blood is very difficult to effectively circulate, and so your blood pressure will rise. All of these symptoms go to increase your risk for a heart attack because of dehydration.
“If you’re well hydrated, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard,” said John Batson, M.D, a sports medicine physician with Low country Spine & Sport in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and an American Heart Association volunteer.
Hydration and Happiness
Water is an amazing life element. In our search for things that make us happy and healthy here at EraseDisease.com, water is one of the most powerful natural elements to help you achieve happiness and health.
Did you know that water might prevent cancer? Researchers have found that staying hydrated can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%, bladder cancer by 50%, and potentially reduce your risk for breast cancer as well! Amazing, right?
Researchers have also proven that dehydration can greatly impact your mood, making you grumpy, confused and fatigued. More water equals a better mood!
Water can actually reduce joint pain by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated. Every single cell in your body needs water to function at it’s fullest potential. Even the slightest bit of dehydration can cause your body to work harder and those cells to struggle, thus resulting in more joint and muscle pain. Drink more water to help your body perform like a well-oiled machine!
Water directly benefits your digestive system, keeping things flowing just as they should. Dehydration in the slightest can lead to a break down in the digestive system and constipation. No one is happy under those circumstances!
In 2009, researchers at Tufts University found that dehydration “was associated with negative mood, including fatigue and confusion, compared to the hydrated group.” The level of body water loss in this dehydrated group would correlate to the mild dehydration many non-athletes experience daily from simply not getting enough water.
Water is a powerful element, available to us at any time in any part of this country. We are blessed to have such free access to clean, accessible drinking water, and yet many of us do not truly appreciate how amazing this life element is. If you want to be happier and healthier, DRINK MORE WATER!