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The Risk Factors of Dehydration or Why You Need to Drink Alkaline Water

water glass green backgroundYou hear about how much water you should drink from all kinds of sources – television, the Internet, newspapers, magazines and even blogs. But, what really are the risks involved if you do become dehydrated?

The Mayo Clinic cites several examples of the risks and repercussions of losing too many fluids.

In infants and children the combination of relatively small body weight and a high turnover of water and electrolytes can cause diarrhea when dehydrated. As children become more active, they often forget to hydrate or believe themselves to be “quenching their thirst” when they reach for a soda or juice drink.

Older adults are more susceptible to dehydration due to changes in both the ability to conserve water and the ability to perceive dehydration when it is occurring. If you’ve ever been around the elderly or are getting up there in your years, you’ve noticed the tendency to eat less. With this tendency comes the tendency to drink less fluids as well. We need to remind ourselves and our elderly friends and family of the importance of hydrating – sometimes even reminding them on a daily basis.

PrintChronic illnesses also put people at risk of dehydration and they need to be informed of the importance of drinking clean, healthy water to combat their illness. People at risk include those with diabetes, kidney disease, alcoholism and adrenal gland disorders. Here are a couple that you may not have realized – cold sores and sore throats. When people are sick, they often feel like drinking less or, again, reach for a soda or juice. Weren’t we raised on ginger ale when we were sick? This may feel and taste good while going down, but it doesn’t provide the much-needed hydration to each and every cell in our bodies working to make us well.

Athletes need to pay special attention, especially those involved in endurance sports. Their chances of dehydration are two-fold – the strenuous activity may cause faster loss of body fluids and it occurs with every hour that you exercise. In addition, the weather factors in as a contributor to an athlete’s quick fluid loss. It makes sense to remember that during exercise, you can lose more water than your body can absorb. That is why it is important to drink while exercising regardless of the type – from a 1-hour Zumba class to a marathon run to a triathlon competition – it is important to include clean, healthy water throughout.

When you live at high altitudes, especially above 8,200 feet, your body attempts to adjust through increased urination and more rapid breathing. The simple truth is that when you breathe more rapidly, you exhale more water vapor. What about when you are traveling for several hours in an airplane? More than likely you are traveling at an altitude higher than 8,200 feet and you are certainly risking dehydration due to the altitude, not to mention the closed, recycled air system. It is definitely important to keep yourself hydrated while in the air with even more water than you would normally drink.

The last category of concern for dehydration according to the Mayo Clinic belongs to those who exercise or work outside in hot, humid weather. Not at concern at this time of year for those of us in cold or snowy climates, but definitely when the weather gets nicer and we start getting ourselves in shape through outdoor exercise or spending hours planting and pruning our gardens in preparation for the summer. Here’s what happens when the air is hot and humid. Your body temperature increases, along with the need for more fluids, because your sweat cannot evaporate and cool you as quickly as it normally does. It seems strange to be in the humidity (seemingly water hanging in the air) and have the need to drink water, but it is very important to keep yourself hydrated since you could face the risk of stroke or heart attack.

Most drinking water is about a 50/50 mix of acidity and alkalinity, making it a neutral pH – not alkaline. Although neutral is better than acidic, if your body has no way to get rid of the acids from food or beverage sources, it deposits them in various systems.  It is a primary function of your body to have water to release toxins through the excretory system. It has been shown that healthy cells live in an alkaline environment while unhealthy cells live in an acidic and accumulated-waste environment.

It is water that regulates all the functions of the body; everything from filling the empty spaces to transporting the circulation of blood cells. It is the catalyst carrying the sodium and potassium required for the neurotransmission systems of the brain and nervous systems. And it is the central regulator of energetic balance in the body.

One glass of alkalized water is equal to three glasses of ordinary or bottled water in it’s capability to hydrate. Drinking alkalized water combats the acidic ions and sediment deposits throughout our cells and organs and carries them out of the human body. Alkaline, ionized water is clean, healthy drinking water. It is full of oxygen molecules and acts as a powerful antioxidant.

Knowing all of this, doesn’t it simply make the most sense to hydrate yourself with the cleanest, healthiest, alkaline ionized water available through AlkaViva?


Sources:, Water for Health, for Healing, for Life by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., and How

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