Hydration

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As the saying goes, “Drink half your body weight in ounces each day”. Therefore, in one day, a 150 pound person would need 75 ounces. As simple as this rule may sound, it is far from easy to adhere to regularly. Keep in mind that this amount of water is only necessary for those consuming the S.A.D. -Standard American Diet – processed and packaged, devoid of fluid, etc. If you include fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods with high water content, your need for extra fluid will be less. 

 

By adding electrolytes or minerals to water, our cells are able to utilize the water more efficiently. There are a couple of ways to do this:

 

Home Remedies:

  • A pinch of Sea Salt (not table salt) added to each glass of water. We recommend Celtic Sea Salt.
  • Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon or lime juice into the water.
  • Freshly made fruit and/or vegetable juice will naturally contain electrolytes. Drink straight or dilute with water.

Purchase Electrolytes:

  • Liquid Minerals – Such as Energy Boost by MorningStar Minerals. Use ½ teaspoon per 8-10 ounces of water
  • Emergen-C - available in single serving packages in many different flavors. Due to the fructose content it is not recommended for those with diabetes, increased glucose, high triglyceride levels and/or those on a weight reduction program.

Buy a drink that already contains electrolytes:

  • Smart Water looks and tastes exactly like water. It is distilled with electrolytes added.
  • Recharge is a fruit drink, available in a variety of flavors with added electrolytes, similar to Gatorade. Unlike Gatorade, Recharge contains no added chemicals or corn syrup, and is also available organic. Add a small amount of Recharge to each glass of water.

Other Hints:

  • Morning is the most important time to drink water. Every morning, as soon as you awaken, drink as much water as you comfortably can with a bit of fresh squeezed lemon. Drink warm or cold. Water stimulates bowel activity.
  • Remember to drink the majority of fluids before meals or between meals. Only consume small amounts of fluids with meals! Drinking excessively with meals dilutes enzymes and the acid necessary for digestion.
  • There are many times when we think we are hungry, but we are actually thirsty. Drink a large glass of water while you are preparing your next meal and see if your ‘hunger’ subsides for a while.
  • Excessive consumption of fluid does not “clean out” the kidneys or bladder. It only stresses them. It can cause urinary frequency which further depletes minerals ultimately causing further dehydration.