Dehydration Information: Are You Drinking Enough?
Studies have shown that 75-80% of North Americans are chronically dehydrated. What does that mean? You have probably heard the recommendation to drink “8 glasses of water a day.” But more recent recommendations reflect varying increments of water for different sizes of bodies (which makes sense). Many wellness practitioners are recommending the equivalent of half to full body weight in ounces of water daily for optimal hydration. (Personally, I recommend shooting for one’s full body weight in ounces of clean spring water every single day). Those with excess visceral body-fat, for example, find that an increase in water intake aids greatly toward the efforts of eliminating those extra pounds.
DO YOU GET DEHYDRATION HEADACHES?
Dehydration may be one reason so many people are waking up at 2 or 3 in the morning with migraines. The theory behind this is that the body is utilizing all the liquid it can find, to aid in the nightly cleanse & detox process taking place between roughly 10 pm and 3 am. When the body runs out of water, the most common FIRST red-flag to show up is a headache. A migraine may result if the body’s efforts are ramped up to force the issue with a more extreme version of red-flag #1.
Even if you are drinking large amounts of water, your body may not actually be absorbing it all. The body is only capable of absorbing roughly 3-7 ounces of water, within any 10-15 minute window of time, which means that chugging a tall glass of water all at once will leave you peeing unnecessarily for the next hour or so (at least). However, if that same glass of water were to be consumed gradually, over the course of that same hour or two, the body would likely absorb the majority, if not all of it. Absorbing more water means quicker weight loss efforts, improved blood pressure, a greater range of mobility, more ease of digestion, improved skin health, more mental clarity, healthier liver & kidneys, cleaner blood, better sleep, facilitated cleanse & detox efforts, and many, MANY other tangible & intangible benefits.
To further increase absorption and lower the risk of dehydration, you could try eating/drinking a little Apple Cider Vinegar each day. As little as a tablespoon or two each day, diluted in water with honey or maple syrup, hidden in a salad dressing, soup, or stew, is plenty to give the body a reset to proper absorption levels. This can aid in absorbing the vitamin and mineral supplements you’ve been taking, and even the potency of the medications you’ve been taking can increase. Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the world’s most ancient, multi-faceted alternative remedies with hundreds of various benefits.
Work each day to take in enough water and avoid dehydration! When properly hydrated, the body becomes a completely new machine, working to do what it was created to do: mend, heal, and thrive. It can also help avoid the need for house calls from your primary care doctor as well!
Director of Wellness
Disease Reversal Specialist
Tracy Martin, RD
Alive & Well