Do you know the importance of hydration and how to hydrate your body? Second to oxygen water is the most important nutrient for the human body…. Yes water! Water is also the most common nutrient deficiency in the body. While people are often in search for the new superfood or cutting edge supplement we often overlook the most basic yet important needs such as knowing how to hydrate the body. Some of your body’s symptoms and signs of dehydration include:
If you experience any of these signs of dehydration ask your-self if you have been drinking enough water and hydrating properly.
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Drinking sufficient water is key to a healthy body as water is needed to transport nutrients around the body while also flushing toxins and waste out of the body. It is these toxins and waste by products of metabolism that contribute to ill health if they are not removed from the body on a daily basis.
In order to properly hydrate the body and efficiently utilize water in the body a person must also ensure the intake of electrolytes which are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and chloride.
Including unrefined sea salt in the diet is a great addition and necessary for optimal hydration as sodium primarily works together with the mineral potassium to regulate the water content of the body. It is potassium that holds onto the water within the cell to enable cellular hydration and salt that balances the amount of water held outside the cell.
Good health and hydration depends upon the delicate balance of water within the cells and water outside the cells which is achieved through the regular intake of water, potassium rich foods and unrefined sea salt.
Both too much and too little salt can have an adverse effect on the body. Salt is necessary to retain water in the body but too much salt in the diet will retain too much water and cause swelling and needs to be flushed out with pure water. As always finding the right balance is the answer to properly hydrating the body.
How much water to drink daily
The amount of water needed also varies for each person depending on temperature, activity level, weight and intake of diuretic beverages.
In order to calculate how much water to drink daily based on weight take your body weight in pounds and divide your weight by two. This is the amount of water in ounces that you should be drinking per day according to your weight.
BUT if you drink diuretic beverages such as coffee, packaged fruit juice, alcohol or pop you will need to add an additional 1.5 cups of water to every cup of diuretic beverage drank. Yup you read that right. These beverages do not count as your daily intake of water but instead actually dehydrate the body!
The importance of hydration should never be overlooked and one of the ways to hydrate the body properly is by drinking half a cup of beet kvass with lemon in the am upon rising or by adding seeking health's optimal electrolyte to your water. Utilizing an elecrolyte drink is especially important when exercising, sweating or in hot heat to rehydrate the body and replenish the crucial electrolytes that are lost in sweat and during exercise.
For more information on how beneficial water is to your health and how dehydration is at the root of so many "chronic conditions" which are often symptoms of your body crying out for water, I recommend reading the book Your Bodies Many Cries For Water by Dr. Batmanghelidi