When we think hydration, we think water....lots of water...gallons of water...forcefully drinking till you feel sick...maybe that last one is just me.
The majority of your body is water, and in order for your body to function properly, it needs large amounts of water. Water makes up the inside of our cells, and the plasma of our blood. Without proper hydration our plasma is too thick and we cannot properly oxygenate our cells, especially our muscle cells. Causing them to become tight and weak. Thus, staying hydrated is of the utmost importance.
But, I have some qualms with the "gallons" of water we are asked to consume on a daily basis, and the high rates of dehydration. This is partly due to the water we are consuming. Most of us are consuming tap or purified water. This water has been stripped of its components and chemically altered. Although it can leave you with pure water, one thing we should catch onto with the body and nutrition, is seldom does you body work well with isolated nutrients. There are multiple components to how things are found in nature, and by isolating, we inhibit their functions in the body.
I love to look at and compare our habits with those of primitive and older cultures. One thing I have noticed is that these cultures did not carry gallon containers of water around with them...like we do. They do not drink that much water, they just don't. Why? Their water has nutrients that aid in absorption and utilization in the body. Our water is just H2O with nothing to help with its absorption, and several add ins that can actually limit its absorption and CAUSE dehydration.
What is Tap Water?
The filtering and cleaning of water has no doubt saved lives, but in the process we have opened ourselves up to other issues.
Tap water goes through a very strict and chemically laden process before it comes to your faucet. In this process, organic particles are removed from the water, a disinfectant is added to kill bacteria, and chemicals such as fluoride are added to the water.
This is all done in order to prevent contamination by deadly bacteria, or to clean out medications (still present), and make the water safer for consumption. Not all bad things, but there are always consequences when we mess with things.
Fluoride and Dehydration
Fluoride is a hot topic right now. Granted it has it's purpose, and its induction into dental health has helped many...but too much of anything is not good. We are now bombarded with fluoride. It's in our tap water, it's in our toothpaste, and they give you more at the dentist's...
A small amount is helpful in helping to prevent cavities, but the larger amounts can actually damage tooth enamel causing pitting in the teeth and discolorations (yellowing and splotches), and severe cases tooth deterioration and loss.
Fluoride is also dehydrating. Over long periods of use, it can actually damage your Kidneys as well, as it signals the flushing of minerals through the kidneys (which flushes electrolytes and trace mineral) Many of the symptoms of Fluoride overdose are of mineral deficiency - weak bones, muscle cramps and spasms, brittle teeth, constipation or nausea.
Drinking water with fluoride means it takes your body more water to become hydrated, and you pee more of it out. Notice that you can drink lots of water, and you feel that most of it is peed out and you are still dehydrated....thank fluoride.
REVERSE OSMOSIS WATER & THE NEED FOR MINERALS
Reverse osmosis water is probably the purest water you can get. Meaning it is just straight H2O. The chemicals, bacteria and other organic materials have been removed. This also means that the minerals have been removed.
As we talked about in previous posts, the electrolyte minerals and trace minerals are super important for the health of your body. They are also essential for hydration.
Water without minerals is just water. It needs minerals (electrolytes) to be used. Naturally occurring water is full of a variety of electrolytes and trace minerals. These minerals bind to H2O and transport it into and out of the cells. Without these minerals, water is just ingested, absorbed and flushed through the kidneys with little actual cellular hydration occurring.
When you are active and sweating, you need even more electrolytes in your water to maintain hydration. You are losing large amounts of salts in your sweat and they must be replenished in order to keep your muscles, joints, and connective tissue functioning properly.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR STAYING HYDRATED
So, I really believe that staying hydrated is more than just drinking water bottle after water bottle. Here are my tricks for increasing hydration.
BREAKFAST: GOUDA, SPINACH & ROASTED TOMATO FRITTATA W/SOURDOUGH TOAST; COFFEE
There is no doubt that eggs are a superfood. They unfortunately had a bad wrap years ago for their cholesterol content, leading to the egg white movement. What a waste of a nutrition! Pure Protein, but no nutrient value. EAT THE YOLK! The cholesterol in eggs (or any other food for that matter) does NOT increase your LDL (bad) cholesterol. In fact, often a deficiency in cholesterol in the diet is a cause of raising LDL levels (long story for another day). Cholesterol is the foundation of hormones in your body, including the ones that signal muscle growth and development. Eggs contain nearly every nutrient you need (except minerals). Add some cooked greens and you've got the perfect meal.
LUNCH: HUMMUS & VEGGIE WRAP
Garbanzo Beans! Between those and Lentils, you've got some pretty nutritionally stout little legumes. When you are reading through my lists nutrients discussed in these articles, look to see how many are found in the this tiny bean..
DINNER: (MOVIE NIGHT) ARUGULA & PROSCIUTTO FLATBREAD
First time at the Bistro Movie Theatre. Anything that says Arugula and Prosciutto, can't be bad, right?
Hyaluronic Acid 120mg
Total Water Today: 6 Cups