Dehydration is More Common Than People Realize: How to Tell If You are NOT Getting Enough Water
How would you know if you were dehydrated?
One of the easiest conditions to reverse, but one of the most commonly overlooked, dehydration is serious and can cause major problems in your body. Severe dehydration is even fatal.
Here’s how to know if you’re dehydrated:
- Cravings for sugar and salt
- Dark urine
- Dry mouth
Some people experience these symptoms on a regular basis, especially the milder ones like headache, irritability, cravings and weakness.
But most people don’t realize that these are symptoms of dehydration!
Imagine: the solution to your chronic headaches and afternoon fatigue could be as simple as drinking more water. But that’s not the only solution, so read on to find out more!
How much water do you need?
Our bodies are mostly made up of water, and our cells need lots of it. While you do get some water from water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, you also need to drink a substantial amount of water every day.
Most health experts are now recommending that you drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day.
If you’re 200 pounds, that’s 100 ounces of water. That’s 12.5 cups or 3 quarts, 4 ounces of water.
What’s the best way to get that much water? Just think slow and steady.
Sipping 2 to 3 ounces at a time is the best way to effectively hydrate your body. If you gulp it down, you may dilute your blood and actually cause your kidneys to excrete more water.
Here are a few other tips for optimal water consumption:
- Drink only 2 to 4 ounces of water with meals.
- During and after exercise, always replenish with more water.
- Whenever possible, drink pure, high quality water.
What kind of water should you drink?
Now that you’re ready to properly hydrate your body, it’s time to decide what kind of water to drink. But with all the water out there, sometimes it is difficult to decide what kind is best.
Here at Body Ecology, we recommend that you drink pure, mineral-rich water whenever possible.
Mineral rich waters include:
- Well water
- Natural spring water
- Artesian or spring water
- Mineral water
Look for these designations on labels.
If you use tap water to drink or for cooking be sure you use a high quality water filter. There are many on the market.
KEY POINT: Reverse osmosis water is pure but we suggest you add minerals to this water because it is acidic. It gets stripped of its minerals. You can add a few drops of Ancient Earth Minerals to an 8 ounce glass (post-menopausal women, watch this – you may want to cut amount in half). Nutritious salt like Selina Naturally Celtic Sea Salt is another great way to get minerals in. To learn more about the different kinds of water filters available, read The Best Water to Drink, And The Types That Should Be Avoided.
If you don’t always like the taste of pure water, try some Body Ecology options:
- Make a healthy “soda” by combining sparkling mineral water with a few ounces of one of our probiotic liquids, plus, 12 – 15 drops of Stevia, and even a splash of lemon or lime juice. Full of alkalizing minerals and probiotics, you can hydrate your body and populate your intestines with good microflora at the same time. One of our favorite probiotic drinks is InnergyBiotic, the gluten-free probiotic drink that adds the right probiotics to balance your gut and makes you feel happy and energetic from the inside out.
- Brew some matcha tea. Tea time is a ritual around the world. Delicious and nutritious, matcha tea has powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals plus a great flavor. It can certainly make it easier to enjoy your recommended amount of water every day.
- Add apple cider vinegar to your water. Apple cider vinegar in water makes a potassium-rich and alkalizing drink that helps you digest animal protein and may lower blood sugar.
You can add a little selection to your daily drink options! If you want a tasty, sparkling beverage, try a probiotic drink, like InnergyBiotic. Not only is it nutritious, hydrating, energizing and delicious, you’re adding some of the best probiotics for gut balance.
When Water Isn’t Enough
Are you drinking large amounts of water but still experience dehydration symptoms? Your adrenals may be fatigued.
The adrenals are two tiny organs that sit on top of your kidneys. They create energy and regulate hormone levels in your body, including those that help you respond to stress.
If your body and mind are frequently under stress (from negative thoughts and emotions, lack of sleep, processed foods, and toxins), you may be depleting your adrenals and thus unknowingly dehydrating your body. No amount of water will hydrate your body unless you first nourish your tired adrenals.
Adrenals need rest and nourishment, so adequate sleep, plenty of minerals, and pure water can renew your adrenal function, enabling your body to stay healthy AND hydrated.
Hydration for A Healthy Body
To sum it all up… proper hydration is essential for a health body. Each time you hydrate, you will flush out toxins, optimizing cellular function and growth. The result can be experiencing greater energy.
Pure water with minerals is your most important liquid to drink daily, yet additional drinks like a tasty tea (especially hot, with meals to aid digestion) or a delicious probiotic “soda,” can be great additions. Drink up to build up your health!