You know the statistic: your body is 75% water. So you try to carry a water bottle with you every day and drink water at meals.
But just drinking more water is not the answer for keeping you well hydrated. Two little organs hold the key.
Correcting dehydration and reversing its symptoms are not as simple as how much water you consume.Dehydration can be a sign of adrenal fatigue.
Water is essential to life, but you may not be getting enough, even if you drink water daily! Discover why in this article - including 11 important tips from Dr. Leonard Smith, renowned gastrointestinal, vascular and general surgeon.
Some common symptoms of adrenal fatigue are:
- Cravings for sugar
- Cravings for salt on food when you eat
- Feel dehydrated and thirsty and require plenty of water
- Difficulty falling asleep at night, sleep lightly or wake early or often
- Difficulty relaxing, nervous, anxious or hyperactive
- General exhaustion
For more symptoms of adrenal fatigue read: Adreanal Fatigue, Symptoms & Solutions for this Underreported Condition Even Your Doctor Doesn't Know.
What Do Adrenals Have To Do With Hydration?
Your adrenals are two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone.
Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body1, helping you stay hydrated.
Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. Stress is so common today that it has become chronic for most people, creating a state of adrenal fatigue. When your body is stressed, more aldosterone and sodium circulate in your system. Once the stress is over, aldosterone levels fall and sodium must leave your bloodstream.
The sodium passes through your kidneys and exits your body as urine, taking water with it.
If you experience high stress levels on a regular basis, you will weaken your adrenals and dehydrate your body. And even if you drink a lot of water, you may not be getting the hydration you need!
11 Tips for Nourishing Your Adrenals and Rehydrating Your Body
If you want to feel more energetic and improve your health, then you need to nourish your adrenals to improve hydration!
Here are some guidelines from Dr. Leonard Smith, renowned gastrointestinal, vascular and general surgeon, on how to hydrate properly:
- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. If you weigh 200 lbs. then drink 100 ounces of water each day. That translates to 3 - 4 quarts per day or one gallon.
- Sip water slowly, 2 to 3 ounces at a time, throughout the day. If you drink too fast, you risk diluting your blood, which may cause faster excretion of water by the kidneys.
- Drink only 2 to 4 ounces of water with meals, or you may dilute the gastric juices that digest your food. A small amount of liquid, especially if it is hot (like soup) or fermented (like any of Body Ecology's Probiotic liquids including CocoBiotic and Dong Quai or the juice of cultured veggies) will actually aid in digestion of your meal.
- After you exercise, make sure you replace lost fluids with water.
- Make your own flavored water with lemon or lime juice and Stevia that can alkalinize your body.
- Avoid coffee, soda pop, and alcohol. These beverages are very dehydrating and act as diuretics. They cause your kidneys to excrete pure water without ridding your body of any toxins. Again, probiotic liquids to the rescue. Replace soda pop with healing, bubbly probiotic liquids. Combine them with sparkling mineral water and a few drops of stevia and you have a delightful soda pop replacement that will give you energy AND provide your body with microflora and minerals.
- Use a good water filter. Try to avoid distilled or reverse osmosis water because most of the minerals are removed in those processes. If you do have a reverse osmosis filter add minerals. Fulvic minerals or liquid magnesium are excellent additions.
- If you live in a dry climate, be sure to drink before you get thirsty. Your body may not show signs of dehydration in dry climates.
- Be sure to control your blood sugar level. Elevated blood sugar causes osmotic diuresis, where the sugar exits through your kidneys and carries water out with it into the urine. As a result, your kidneys are unable to reabsorb the water. Body Ecology once again provides you with an excellent solution. Fermented foods and beverages that are naturally sour take away cravings for sugars. You'll find yourself feeling quite satisfied with the natural sugars in foods like carrots and fruit.
- Keep your blood alkaline. A diet high in sugar, processed foods and animal proteins and taking over-the-counter and prescription drugs can make your blood more acidic. This condition leaches minerals from your body and weakens your adrenals. Including Vitality SuperGreen mixed with filtered water is a great way to alkalinize your blood AND hydrate, especially first thing in the morning.
- Take care of stress and get a good night's sleep. Sleep nourishes your adrenals and allows your body to repair itself. Learn more about the stress-sleep connection in Want To Sleep Better? First Reduce Your Cortisol Levels then Follow These 6 Key Steps.
We all need adequate amounts of water to live and we need strong adrenals to keep our fluid and mineral levels stable.
If you're drinking a lot of water without feeling hydrated OR if you are experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue, start nourishing your adrenals now. Drinking high quality water is only part of the equation. Getting your minerals by following The Body Ecology Way program with its great-tasting foods and its 7 healthy eating principles will help you restore your adrenals and hydrate your entire body for a longer, healthier life.
- Lam, Dr. Michael, "Adrenal Glands," Tuberose.com.
Adrenals and Hydration. Leonard Smith, M.D.