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Use your “innate thirst mechanism to guide fluid consumption.” That is the advice of a 17-member expert panel representing four countries and nine specialties. In other words, drink when you are thirsty.

Their guidelines, derived from the Third International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference, were published in the July edition of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.

The experts focus is Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia (EAH).

EAH a condition in which a person’s sodium levels drop dangerously low, often as a result of drinking too much water. Their report notes that at least 14 athletes have died as a result of EAH since 1981.

Now here’s the thing. In 2010 alone there were 155 deaths from dehydration in Britain’s hospitals. That is over 375 times the number of deaths from EAH and this is only the deaths in UK hospitals!

Being thirsty is a sign of dehydration.

In other words, when you feel thirsty you have gone too long without water.

Water is essential to life. Your muscles are 75% water, your blood is 82% water, your lungs are 90% water and your brain is 76% water. Drinking sufficient water is essential in keeping us healthy.

Don’t wait until you are thirsty.

Sure, EAH can be a killer, but it is rare. Dehydration is a more significant problem and contributes to many degenerative diseases, diseases that may be prevented by simply increasing your regular water intake.

“It is chronic water shortage in the body that causes most diseases of the human body.”

Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj, Author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water

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