Dehydration is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies! Water is a vital, essential nutrient for healing, detoxification, weight loss, performance, brain function and optimal health. Water is approximately 75% of the body, and every cell is regulated, monitored and dependent on an efficient flow of water.
Most Americans suffer from some degree of dehydration, and have no idea that dehydration is the root cause of their aches and pains, headaches, constipation, dizziness, fatigue and dry skin. Infants, children and the elderly are especially vulnerable dehydration and do not drink enough water.
The only time you don’t want to drink water is during mealtime because it dilutes your body’s production of hydrochloric acid, which is required for optimal digestion.
|• Muscle cramps, aches & pains||• Dizziness||• Hypertension, high cholesterol
|• Fatigue and weakness||• Constipation||• Poor concentration|
|• Joint pain, back pain||• Angina||• Asthma|
|• Rapid heart beat (tachycardia)||• Dry skin, cracked lips||• Dark urine with a strong odor|
|• Decreased performance||• Increased cortisol||• Cravings, weight loss resistance
| • Accelerated aging, wrinkles
||• Headaches||• Confusion, hallucinations|
|• Kidney stones||• Mood changes||• Urinary tract infections|
|• Short-term memory loss||• Toxic build-up||• Lowered immune function|
The solution to pollution is dilution! Drink more water!
Normal urine color should be clear to light yellow or similar to the color of lemon juice. Urine can be more yellow if taking vitamins, specifically B vitamins and certain medications. Urine that is a dark yellow (the color of apple juice) and lower volume output (than usual for you) are indicators of dehydration.
►Upon rising, sip on a cup of water with the juice from a fresh lemon or lime. Add a pinch of Celtic sea salt. Repeat again before meals.
Those who drink two cups of water before each meal experience great weight loss — an average of 5 pounds more weight is lost compared to those who did not drink water!
►Drink water throughout the day in between meals. Carry water with you when driving, at your desk, during travel and especially when exercising.
The only time you do not want to drink water is during mealtime because it dilutes the natural production of stomach acid.
How much water should you drink to stay hydrated? The amount of water we each need depends on our body size, metabolism, the weather, the food we eat, and our activity levels. Here’s a formula to help you determine the number of ounces of water to consume daily. Take your body weight and multiply by .7. This provides you with the number of ounces of water for you specifically to consume every day.
Helpful Tip! At the start of your day, fill a container with the number of ounces of water you’re to consume for the day. Finish the water from the container before 6pm.
Water quality is vital! Consider installing a reverse osmosis water filtration system in your kitchen and shower to filter the water from impurities such as fluoride, chlorine, lead and other heavy metals, contaminants, and chemicals.
Add a pinch of unprocessed sea salt to your drinking water to replenish the adrenals, increase mineral intake and create an alkaline environment.
Filtering the water in your home is a necessity (not an option or a luxury). Install a water filter in your home, especially for the water you drink, cook with and shower in to minimize exposure to neurotoxic and endocrine-disrupting fluoride, chlorine, toxic metals, microbes, industrial pollutants, pharmaceuticals and other harmful chemicals. You absorb 3x more chemicals through your skin than when consumed orally. Even if you’re not taking any prescription drugs, they’re in the water supply (chemo drugs, oral contraceptives, hormones, hypertension meds and many others)!
Instead of plastic water bottles, switch to glass or other eco-friendly materials to avoid BPA and other toxic chemicals. Ten popular U.S. bottled water brands contain mixtures of 38 different pollutants, including bacteria, fertilizer, Tylenol and industrial chemicals, some at levels no better than tap water, according to lab tests conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
It’s especially important to avoid drinking water that has been in sun-heated plastic containers or drinking from plastic containers that have been left in a hot vehicle or warehouse.
The bottle water industry has also contributed to one of the biggest environmental problems facing the world today. Only one-fifth of the bottles produced by the industry are recycled. The remaining four-fifths pile up at landfills, litter our neighborhoods and foul our oceans.