Are you drinking enough water?

by | Sep 20, 2017 | Health & Well-being |

Many people I consult are not drinking enough water and may not even enjoy drinking water at all. The average person’s body is composed of approximately 70 per cent water.

The body’s water supply is essential to nearly every bodily process. This includes digestion, absorption, circulation and excretion. It is also the primary transporter of nutrients throughout our body and a necessity for all building functions of the body. As we age, our sense of thirst can become dulled.

Water is especially important for people who have musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, as it lubricates the joints. If you are not drinking enough water it may contribute to excess body fat, poor muscle tone, poor functioning of organs, including the brain,
joint and muscle soreness, and water retention.

Drinking plenty of water will slow the aging process, prevent and improve: arthritis, kidney stones, constipation, arteriosclerosis, obesity, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, hypoglycaemia and many other diseases.

Purified water is always best but any water is better than none at all.  A minimum of eight to 10 glasses a day is required. Go and pour yourself a glass now and drink it while reading the rest of this article!

Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally occurring vitamin like substance in our bodies and declines as we age. It is estimated that 75 per cent of people over 50 may be deficient in CoQ10. A lack of sufficient coenzyme Q10 can lead to cardiovascular disease because without it, the heart does not have enough energy to circulate the blood effectively.

Deficiencies in CoQ10 have also been linked to periodontal disease, diabetes and muscular dystrophy. It is also beneficial in fighting obesity, candidiasis, multiple sclerosis, and mental function associated with Alzheimer’s disease. It also has the ability to counter histamine, and therefore it is beneficial for people with allergies, asthma and respiratory disease.

Coenzyme Q10 will strengthen the heart muscle; assist in preventing and treating high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It works by increasing oxygen into cells so will therefore increase circulation, detoxification and energy.  Low coenzyme Q10 leads to lower production of energy in cells. This affects not only a person’s general energy level, but also muscle power, immune function and fertility.

Statins are a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels. Their mechanism of action is to inhibit the rate limiting enzymes that is involved in acetyl CoA conversion to cholesterol. Inhibition of this enzyme also adversely affects the endogenous biosynthesis of CoQ10. A decrease of CoQ10 levels has been widely demonstrated in plasma of patients  reacted with statins and in plasma and tissues in laboratory animals.

Studies have also suggested that side effects of fatigue and myalgia seen in statin therapy may be a result of CoQ10 depletion. It may not be suitable to all people taking cholesterol lowering drugs, but it does need to be considered.

Not enough studies have been conducted in relation to the interaction between CoQ10 and Warfarin. However, it would need to be discussed with your GP or pharmacist before commencing treatment if you are taking Warfarin. Most studies indicate a dosage of 150mg per day. This would be best to take in the morning.

CoQ10 is available at a retail level, but a consultation with a naturopath may enable you to buy it in a larger quantity which will then reduce the long term costs.

DISCLAIMER:  This is not to replace medical advice.  Please speak to your Medical Practitioner if you have any concerns.  Please contact your Naturopath if you would like to do a supervised detox.

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