Dehydration and High Cholesterol

Dehydration affects over 20 million Americans!

What is dehydration?

Dehydration and high cholesterol are connected.  We can understand this better by getting a better understanding of dehydration.  Dehydration is defined as the excessive loss of body fluid.  Symptoms generally become noticeable with mild dehydration which is the loss of 1- 2% of one’s normal water volume.

What causes dehydration?

At Optimum Health, the main cause for dehydration is drinking less water than you use up each day.  In other words, if you keep putting in less than you use, the total amount of water in your body will keep decreasing.  Eventually, it will decrease to the point of you being dehydrated.  The amount of water you need each day is based on your size and the amount of sweating you do.  Your brain should signal a desire for you to drink the proper amount of water each day.  In many cases, the signal for thirst just is not generated causing people not to drink water.  Or, worse yet, to drink everything but water.  Why?  A protein deficiency is what we have found to be the main reason why the brain allows people to drink less water than they need.

What is the connection between dehydration and high cholesterol?

Absolutely!  Think of cooking oatmeal with plenty of water in the pot.  If you put too little water in the pot when cooking the oatmeal, the oatmeal will not run out of the pot when you turn it upside down.  Why?  Because gravity is not strong enough to pull the thick oatmeal from the pot.

Water Thins The Blood

This is what happens when you don’t drink enough water and end up dehydrated.  In other words, when you don’t drink enough water, you don’t put enough water in your blood.  In turn, your blood becomes too thick.  When the heart squeezes and pushes the thick blood the blood vessels, the vessels get damaged.  Cholesterol is called out to patch the damaged vessels.  In the face of a protein deficiency, the damaged vessels may take years to get repaired.  In the mean time, the cholesterol patch is there doing its job to keep the blood vessel from tearing.  Without the proper oils, the cholesterol can become sticky and hold onto things as they float by.  This can begin to close off the blood vessel causing the blood flow begins to decrease.

Cholesterol - Old and Sticky Cholesterol in arteries with labels

The longer you are dehydrated, the larger the number of blood vessels you will have to get damaged.  All the cholesterol being called out to fix all the damaged blood vessels will raise your cholesterol level and possibly begin to block many arteries.  As the arteries become blocked from the cholesterol patches (plaques), the blood flow all over the body begins to decrease causing major problems such as strokes, heart attacks and sudden death.

Artery with plaque

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