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My skin stays dry, no matter what

images (1)Do you keep putting on moisturiser, but your skin stays dry?

This is telling you that the cells of your body are also too dry and that you need to look more broadly and see if you have any other signs of dehydration, such as thirst, dry hair, dry mouth, throat or lips.

Curiously enough, some people will get dry without experiencing any significant thirst and at times  the lack of water can hide itself deep within the body and hardly show itself at the surface.

The next “level” of bodily dehydration, typically manifests in symptoms such as: constipation, fatigue, irritability, excessive hunger, dizziness, heat, inflammation, night sweats, irregular menses, blocked sinus and nasal congestion.

As the dehydration acts ever more deeply, the symptoms move on to depression, ringing ears, haemorrhaging, headaches, poor sleep, blurred vision, shortness of breath, tooth decay, premature ageing, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neuron Disease.

Yes, your eyes deceive you not, these are hectic disorders of which we speak!

Heavy illnesses with which to live and sometimes by which to die.

Ancient systems of medicine, such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Unani-Tibb, Traditional Greek Medicine and others have looked at each organ of the body to ascertain what  it’s specific dry temperament or “syndrome” would look like and have come up with symptoms as diverse as:

Dry stomach – halitosis, hiccups, difficulty in swallowing, heartburn and/or stomach ulcers.

Dry Liver – low stamina and motivation, underweight, dizziness, blurred vision, headaches that drag on and on.

Dry Kidneys – itchy skin, scanty urination, ringing ears, insomnia, chronic fatigue and toothache.

Dry Heart – depression, anxiety, excitement, forgetfulness, irritability, hot spells, hypertension, night sweats and palpitations.

Dry Lungs – dry cough, loss of voice, nosebleed, chest pains, tidal fever and coughing up blood.

So how does one deal with dryness?

No matter in which organ, or how deep-set the dryness might already be, there are four steps that I recommend in regaining proper cellular rehydration.

Step one:

Make sure that you are drinking enough water and good quality water, at that.

Step two:

Stop consuming, or cut down radically on drying food and drink, such as tea, coffee, sodas, alcohol, spicy, bitter or astringent foods. The full list is quite impressive and is available from me, so ask if you’re interested.

Step three:

Investigate as to whether any medication you are taking, allopathic or natural, could be drying you further and for which there might be gentler alternatives, or a counterbalance.

Step four:

Take Moisten and Soothe herbal blend (Energetic Herbals) to “awaken” the cells that have been in drought-mode for so long, thus encouraging them to gently re-absorb the moisture that is now being made more available.

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  1. Greta Boshier
    October 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Thanks for a great informative rundown. I’m definitely a ‘dry’ person, especially this tone of year! I’m drinking plenty of water and found swopping my coffee for rooibos has helped a lot. Great stuff!

  2. hannasus
    October 15, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    Is it true that if you are never thirsty that you are dehydrated.
    I once did a 30 day water fast and as my hydration levels increased, my thirst did as well.
    I was having to wake up in the night to drink.

    And if dehydration is so risky to the body, why is the only sign it puts out dry skin?

    • Pieter van der Westhuyzen
      October 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Hannasus,

      It’s a curious phenomenon that in some instances we can be dehydrated and yet not thirsty.
      I had the same thing happen to me, years ago, when I became water conscious and started drinking a few glasses a day –
      suddenly my thirst was awoken and then my body demanded water regularly.

      When the dehydration levels of the body increase it will signal us in various ways, to include headaches,
      but we don’t always realise that it is asking for water.

  3. Stephen
    October 31, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    I also find my thirst is activated by drinking more water. And it’s so easy for others to think you’re a bit strange drinking so much water when no one else it doing it.

    • Pieter van der Westhuyzen
      November 4, 2013 at 7:05 am #

      Stephen, I think in such a case one might just as well wear the “I am crazy about rehydraton” t shirt.

  4. Paula
    January 20, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    Does one’s body and skin become drier in winter?

    • Pieter van der Westhuyzen
      January 20, 2014 at 11:15 am #

      Hi Paula,

      In the case of a climate that has a dry winter…
      the body will follow suit and also manifest symptoms of dryness to a greater degree.

      Where I live we have a wet winter and a dry summer, so we experience the opposite,
      with symptoms of dryness being worse in summer.

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