Do You Feel Toxic?

The following was written by a colleague of mine, James Clendenin.

If You Feel Like Your Body Has Become a Toxic Waste Dump, It Probably Has… Drink Up And Get Your Life Back!

If I had to pick one area that I believe would help improve the overall health of the majority of people in the world, I would say it’s the need to drink more water (the right kind of water!).

I believe many diseases could be prevented (or cured) if people drank enough of the right kind of water each day.

Water is a solvent and a sufficient amount is needed daily to properly hydrate and flush the body’s cells and organs of disease causing toxins.  Lack of water leads to dehydration and the saga begins…

Symptoms of dehydration will usually start with thirst and will continue to progress as the percentage of the body’s fluid loss increases.

Initial symptoms of mild dehydration will generally begin when the body has lost about 2% of its total fluid.  The symptoms are usually mild at this point and can include:


Loss of Appetite

Dry Skin

Skin Flushing

Dark Urine (a big indicator of dehydration!)

Head Rushes

Cotton Mouth


Lack of Energy



Head Aches

If the total fluid loss of the body reaches around 5% of its total fluid more serious symptoms will begin to appear and can include:



Severe Headaches


Increased heart rate

Decreased urination

Elevated body temperature

Loss of ability to sweat

Extreme fatigue

Tingling in the tips of your fingers and toes

Muscle cramps

Increased respiration

If the total fluid loss reaches 10% serious side effects will occur and medical attentions is definitely needed.  Above 10% can be fatal!

Symptoms of severe dehydration can include all of the above and below:

Difficulty breathing

Chest pain



Muscle spasms


Racing pulse

Shriveled skin

Loss of vision

Burning during urination


Abdominal pain

How to prevent dehydration

The average person loses between two and three liters of water a day through sweating, breathing and urination.  Depending on the type of activities a person is involved in this figure can increase or decrease.  Heavy exercise can cause the body to lose more than 2 liters an hour! To prevent dehydration you must continually replenish the fluids that you lose throughout the day!

We’ve all heard that “you should drink around 8 glasses of water a day”, which is true; however, this figure can increase depending on many factors of your daily lifestyle.

I grew up in Stuart, Florida and worked out in the sun since I was 14 years old.  A part time outdoor job during the school year and then 8 – 10 hours during the summer could really take its toll; however, I would drink at least three gallons of water a day just to stay alive!  Everyone’s condition is different, however for most people 8 glasses is the “magic” number, providing it is the ‘right’ kind of water.

Sodas and other “comfort” drinks don’t count!

Keep in mind that you cannot include soda, juice, coffee, or sugar type drinks as part of your 8 glasses of fluid, as each of these drinks need their water content just to metabolize and flush the junk that they contain out of the body.

You must pay special attention to your fluid loss and take special care to replenish it as it is being lost.  Remember this…By the time you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated!  The key is to avoid becoming thirsty in the first place!

Drink more water and if you have kids make sure they do too (I guarantee you that their brains will function better and their grades will improve!).  There’s no doubt that you will be healthier, have more energy, mental clarity, and on top of all this, you will look younger, and be more vibrant.

The majority of all headaches are caused by dehydration.  So instead of treating the symptoms by reaching for a bottle of aspirin, try drinking a glass or two of water.  This will usually cure most headaches within 15-20 minutes.

To prove the points made, make a commitment to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day for one week and see for yourself the difference it makes in the quality of your life.  You will be amazed!

Your challenge this week is to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day for the entire week.

Tip 1: When you are sleeping you are actually dehydrating for up to 8 hours or more.  Therefore, one of the most important times to drink water is immediately upon rising in the morning.  Start your day out right with 8-10 ounces of water as soon as you wake up.

Tip 2: Here’s a surefire way to ensure that you remember to drink enough water each day… Put 8 pennies in your left pocket at the start of the day.  Each time you drink a glass of water move one penny over to your right pocket.  Make sure that before you go to bed that you have moved all 8 pennies over to your right pocket.  If you don’t wear pants, then get creative and come up with some other type of system that will ensure you drink the required amount of water.

Tip 3: Not all water is equal!  You should avoid tap water completely… It’s poison and can actually cause you to become dehydrated due to its large hard to absorb molecule size caused by all the chemicals and other toxic substances found in it.  Bottled water isn’t much better unless you drink Fiji which is one of the purest and highest pH balanced bottled waters available.  Your best bet to ensure you are getting the healthiest, “wettest”; most energized antioxidant type waters available is to get a water ionizer machine and create your own purified pH balanced water.  The optimal pH range is from 8.5 – 9.5. Your life will be transformed by drinking this type of water!  In my opinion, I believe the NEW Improved Living Water Machine by Vollara™ is the best water ionizer machine one the market, especially when you consider its low price as compared to other ionizer machines that cost 2-3 times as much!

All my best,

 James Clendenin

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