Could Your Drinking Water Be Causing Your Autoimmune Disease?
The drinking water you are consuming may be one of the factors causing your autoimmune disease. According to research by the Water Research Center (WRC), more than 80 autoimmune disorders may be related to water quality issues. The most common water quality problems are related to the presence of bacteria and materials such as iron, manganese, nitrates, elevated levels of copper or lead, and other metals. Consuming water from wells and even drinking tap water can be harmful if water quality is not good. Water can become contaminated from the soil (in the case of well water) and through pipes and other chemical and mineral additives as it flows through your tap. Water makes up more than 60% of our adult weight. It is perhaps the most essential compound in our body, making up a large percentage of blood and lymphatic fluids. When dehydration or excessive loss of water occurs, it can impair our body's immune system and metabolic processes. While most people know that water makes up a large percentage of blood that brings oxygen to our brain, did you know that the body's lymphatic system, an essential part of our body's immune system, makes up four times the volume of blood? If the body's lymphatic system, which is designed to remove cellular waste, does not receive a proper balance of electrolytes, it can further cause symptoms of autoimmune diseases to appear and conditions to worsen. For patients suffering from autoimmune diseases like Lupus, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's, autoimmune diabetes, and other autoimmune disorders, fluid loss can cause a variety of inflammatory symptoms dry eyes, dry mouth, headaches,and fatigue. These symptoms are inflammatory signals that there is an imbalance in our bodies. Alcohol, caffeinated drinks, coffee, and sugar-laced replacements, can often make the problem worse by producing more inflammation throughout the body. These drinks can cause the body to expel water and prevent the body from ridding itself from harmful by-products. Why Is Consuming Water Alone Is Not Enough For Proper Hydration? While many people may think that drinking water alone is enough for properly hydrating your body, its often not enough. Here’s why. Water may make you less thirsty but it's not the most effective way of replacing the electrolytes required to balance the autoimmune system. While plain water does have some electrolytes, it mainly restores the volume of the blood plasma and can inhibit the thirst mechanism before solute levels (electrolytes) are replenished and both dehydration and overhydration may trigger an autoimmune response. Determining the right amount of water needed to balance electrolytes depends on factors such as body weight, which is why drinking 8-10 glasses can cause overhydration in some cases and may not be enough hydration for others. How to properly balance electrolytes? To answer this question, it's essential first to understand what electrolytes are. Electrolytes are essential minerals —like sodium, calcium, and potassium—that are vital to many critical functions in the body. Electrolytes are chemicals that form electrically charged particles (ions) in body fluids and carry the electrical energy necessary for many functions, including muscle contractions and transmission of nerve impulses. Many bodily functions depend on electrolytes. Optimal performance requires a consistent and adequate supply of these crucial nutrients, which cannot always be replaced by drinking water alone. Why Hydrus Is More Effective At Balancing Electrolytes While many electrolyte drinks promise to replace the minerals found in electrolytes, they are not designed to reach the cells inside our body's organs optimally. Hydrus is made with a specialized nanosome technology, which targets the delivery of electrolytes directly to organs and their cells. Hydrus contains nanosomes or small hollow sphere-shaped molecules that are less than 100 nanometers in size (one-billionth of a meter) that encapsulate electrolytes and water. These nanosomes are made of phospholipids, the same material found in all cell walls within the body, making it easier to absorb the minerals needed for proper cellular functioning. Hydrus' nanosomes are easily absorbed into the mouth, eyes, joints, lymphatic system, and peritoneal cavity, which is made up of the small intestine, large intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen. These tiny nanosomes enable the body to absorb electrolytes starting from the mouth and disperse evenly throughout the body without requiring any digestive activity to take place- that means that the electrolytes can get into your cells much faster without digestion. This is why Hydrus has been effective in helping patients with autoimmune diseases manage symptoms such as dry eyes, dry mouth, muscle aches, fatigue, and leaky gut. Water Quality Can Impact Autoimmune Diseases The WRC recommends testing the drinking water sources in your home for harmful chemicals and minerals. If water quality issues are identified, the WRC recommends contacting your doctor immediately. After consulting with a medical expert you may need to install a water treatment system that can prevent harmful materials from being consumed through drinking water.