Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Puffed up

You know, I'm struggling to write anything that makes sense today. I want to talk about how seemingly small differences in your nutrition can make a huge difference to how you look. I'm specifically thinking of some fun and games I had a few days ago when I let my sodium/water balance get all out of whack and ended up dehydrated, but all I can think about is Puffer Fish:

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Hehe. Remember that Simpsons episode where Homer eats everything on the menu at a Japanese restaurant, even the deadly puffer fish.... which the trainee chef buggers up and accidentally serves him the poisonous bit?



Er...where was I?

Anyway, if I actually could string words together that made sense, it would go something like: Blah, blah, get busy and only drink about a third of your usual quota of water, blah, blah...salty airport food, blah, blah, blah...result: OMG!! Puffy face, bloated midriff, swollen fingers. Plus headache, sluggishness and general bleurgh-ness.

Our bodies are smart. If it appears that there's a drought (i.e. you don't drink enough), they will store extra fluid. Same goes if you consume more salt than usual - retaining some extra water will help to rebalance things. Once you realise what's going on and up your water consumption, the old bod will happily release the excess fluid and things return to normal pretty quickly.

It's kind of a biological Bizarro World: whatever you do to your body, it reacts in an opposite way. Strange, but clever.

I wonder what "opposite" action I can take to make my brain come back to life?

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2 comments:

Debstar said...

You could read a couple of Mills @ Boon books.....no, better still the whole Twilight series. If it's true that your body does the opposite to what is expected you should end up a genius. Stephen Hawkins look out!

Kek said...

Good thinking, Deb! Only...ugh. I don't think I could stand it.

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