Hydration Part 1: Why We All Harp On Hydration
Health care professionals harp on their clients about hydration, yet even so water is under credited in health care. We all know we don’t want to become dehydrated. Generally dehydration is associated with a headache and maybe some fatigue. It is usually at this point that health care providers to urge us to drink water to avoid those symptoms. However, there are many more body systems effected by dehydration than just our brains. In fact, the brain is one of the last organs to exhibit symptoms of dehydration. This is because the body works hard to protect the brain above all else.
What is happening to our body before we feel dehydration in the brain? Many systems are being effected; some more subtly than others. If you know what to look for though it becomes easy to see how dehydration is impacting our health systemically. This will be the first post in a seven part series where we will look at six body systems and the symptoms in them that could be improved or corrected by increasing hydration.
How To Stay Properly Hydrated
Until then, I’d like to share right upfront the best ways to stay hydrated. In general, aim for drinking one half your body weight in ounces of water each day. If you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces a day. This is just a baseline. Other factors effect how much water you really need.
If you drink caffeine, alcohol, sweetened beverages (even fruit juice) or take prescription medications you need more water. Anybody on prescriptions needs upwards of 100 ounces a day, no matter your size, to help clear out the metabolites the medication leaves behind. If you are drinking a diuretic beverage as listed above, have another 12-16 ounces of water that day.
Please know that just because I’m offering a way to rehydrate after diuretics I am not giving a license to drink four cups of coffee or a six pack every day or even once a week. The more you dehydrate and need to rehydrate the more minerals you will lose in the process. This can lead to electrolyte imbalances that you don’t want to have to deal with. When optimizing hydration status it is important to focus on drinking less diuretic beverages and more filtered water.
What To Drink
Besides filtered water there are other drinks that are hydrating. Most herbal teas hydrate. Nettle tea and dandelion root teas are slightly dehydrating as are most herbal teas used for cleansing and detox support. Bone broth is an excellent way to hydrate as it offers many additional benefits.
You can also benefit your health and add flavor to filtered water by adding a drop or two of doTERRA essential oils of lemon, wild orange, tangerine, or slim and sassy. Always use real glass or stainless steal when putting EOs in your water. Its a best practice anyhow, but is especially important here. Click here to find out more about doTERRA essential oils and how to purchase them. Cucumber, pears, citrus fruits and many other fruits and herbs can also be used to infuse flavor and some minerals into water.
However you get it in, make sure that you do. As you will read over the next several posts, water is critical to health and deserves a much higher esteem in health care than it is currently given!
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