Why Water Alone Doesn’t Hydrate the Body: Dehydration, Minerals, & Adrenal Exhaustion
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If you have been dutifully drinking your 8 eight-ounce glasses of water
daily, here’s why you aren’t getting the benefits you believe you are:
Tap water and bottled water are purported to contain some minerals, varying
in content from source to source.
However, most bottled water is expensive and may not be any better than tap
water, which can have dangerous substances in it such as remnants of
pharmaceutical drugs and other chemicals, heavy metals like chromium, lead, and
arsenic, plus the added chemicals fluoride and chlorine.
According to this report from ABC News:
“20/20″ took five bottles of national brands of bottled water and a sample of
tap water from a drinking fountain in the middle of New York City and sent them
to microbiologist Aaron Margolin of the University of New Hampshire to test for
bacteria that can make you sick, like e. coli. “There was actually no difference
between the New York City tap water and the bottled waters that we evaluated,”
According to Body Ecology:
- Tap water is municipal water that comes out of the faucets
and has been treated, processed and disinfected. It is purified with chlorine
and generally has added flouride. But one of the byproducts from using
chlorine in our drinking water is linked to cancer1.
- Distilled water can be any kind of water that has been
vaporized and collected, leaving behind any solid residues, including
minerals. Distilled water has no minerals in it at all.
- Reverse osmosis water has been forced through membranes
that remove larger particles, pollutants and minerals. Reverse osmosis
water is usually acidic2.
- Deionized water has had ionized impurities and minerals
removed from it but not bacteria or pathogens.
In general, most of the water available is lacking in essential
minerals we need for health. Mineral deficiencies can cause just about every
major disease and symptom known to humankind including rapid heartbeat,
headaches (including migraines),
If you are chronically dehydrated, you may be suffering from
symptoms of adrenal exhaustion:
- Sugar cravings
- Salt cravings
- Feeling thirsty or dehydrated, and need to drink a lot of water at one
- Sleep issues: falling asleep, wake in the night or wake early in the
- Tension, nervousness, anxiety or panic
Adrenal glands are found just above your kidneys, and in combination with
your thyroid, work to generate energy for your body. Together, these organs
secrete critical hormones for health including something called aldosterone.
This hormone is secreted by your adrenals and regulates the concentration of
minerals and water levels in the body – such as sodium and other minerals – to
keep you hydrated.
Another important job your adrenal glands have is to regulate the body’s
response to stress. In modern life, stress is frequent and acute, thus creating
a constant state of adrenal fatigue. This issue is so rampant,
in fact, most people suffer from it – especially women. The more stress you
have, the more hormones like aldosterone and salt circulate in the body. As
stress levels begin to fall, aldosterone tapers off and sodium must exit the
bloodstream. Your kidneys process salt, and as it leaves your body in the form
of urine, water goes with it.
So, the more stress you experience, the weaker your adrenal glands will
become, which means the more you will have to rehydrate. That’s why even if you
are drinking water all day long, you may not be getting the rehydration through
adequate mineral repletion your body needs for good health.
What can we do to obtain enough minerals in our
- Drink nettles infusions
- Make and consume bone broths from the bones of pastured animals and birds
(cattle, bison, lamb, poultry, etc.)
- Eat foods from pastured animals and birds – meat, eggs, poultry, dairy, raw
- Eat cultured foods – yogurt, kefir, sour cream, cultured vegetables made
- Use cell
salts homeopathic tablets or liquid minerals - add the liquid minerals to your filtered
water and stocks and soups you make at home
- Drink mineral water or filtered water with added minerals, fresh squeezed
lemon or lime juice, or unsweetened cranberry juice
13 more ways to rehydrate and nourish your adrenal
- Make sure to consume plenty of liquid gradually throughout the day,
and don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink a large
amount. If you drink too fast, you risk diluting your blood, which may
cause faster excretion of water by the kidneys. Everyone needs different amounts
of liquid, but a good rule of thumb is to drink half your weight in ounces. If
you weigh 150, drink 75 ounces. This can be mineral water or water with minerals
added. Fulvic acid is an excellent substance to add to water.
- During meals, consume 4 ounces of liquid or less. Drinking
more than this dilutes the hydrochloric acid and other stomach juuices your body
produces to properly digest your food. Small amounts of warm or hot liquid such
as bone broths, or cultured vegetable juices, or other fermented drinks like
water kefir or kombucha will help you to digest your food better.
- Avoid processed, packaged, and junk foods. Make sure you
are eating a healthy diet with real food with plenty of healthy fats and
- During and after you exercise, make sure you replace lost fluids
with water. When we exert ourselves and sweat, our bodies lose salt and
minerals, so replacing them is critical.
- Avoid beverages and chemicals such as alcohol, soda, and coffee.
These substances cause mineral depletion. Coffee, tea, soda, and
alcohol are diuretics and cause the body to release liquid and minerals. The
kidneys are triggered to excrete water but by triggering the kidneys to excrete
pure water without releasing toxins stored in the body.
- Consume kelp, dulse, nori, or other sea vegetables. These
foods are a good source of minerals. Kelp flakes are a very good addition to
your diet and are extremely versatile for adding to soups, stews, casseroles,
and many other meals as they don’t change the taste of your food.
- Consume safe-source seafood. As well as being a rich source
of Vitamins like A and E and Omega 3 essential fatty acids, these foods are some
of the best sources of important minerals available: especially iodine,
selenium, and zinc.
- Consume plenty of proteins and fats from animals and birds on
pasture. Grassfed meats and poultry, eggs, raw dairy foods like butter, milk, yogurt, and kefir, pork, lamb, bison, and other meats and animal products
from healthy animals raised on pasture or range. These foods are naturally
higher in minerals than their conventional counterparts, as well as Omega 3
essential fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, and CLA (conjugated
linoleic acid, an important antioxidant).
- Take a good quality, bioavailable mineral supplement. Dr.
Ron Schmid, ND, recommends Cal 1000 – Mag 500 Hydroxapatite Plus. This supplement is made
of the bones of grass-fed animals from New Zealand and is one of the most
highly-absorbable forms of minerals available. Another good supplement from a
plant-derived source is Morningstar Minerals Energy Boost 70 Supplement. Plant sources
are another bioavailable source of minerals since we get our minerals directly
from plants as well as animals.
- Use topical magnesium oil,
gel, bath flakes, or lotion. This transdermal oil is a great way
to obtain enough magnesium, especially if you have compromised digestion. It
bypasses your digestive system by soaking directly into the skin and into the
bloodstream, and can help you avoid one of the main side-effects of magnesium
supplements – mal-absorption and diarrhea.
- Use a good water filter. Avoid distilled as most of the
minerals are removed in those processes. If you have a reverse osmosis filter
add minerals. Fulvic
minerals or liquid ionic minerals
are excellent additions.
- Control blood sugar levels by eating regularly throughout the day.
Elevated blood sugar causes osmotic diuresis, where
the sugar exits through your kidneys and carries water out with it into the
urine. As a result, your kidneys are unable to reabsorb the water. Body Ecology
once again provides you with an excellent solution. Fermented foods and
beverages that are naturally sour take away cravings for sugars. You’ll find
yourself feeling quite satisfied with the natural sugars in foods like carrots
- Manage stress and get to bed at an early hour. Sleep gives
your body a chance to repair and is critical for nourishing the adrenal glands
and allows for repair and restoration.
Drinking water to support your adrenal glands is only part of the whole
equation. Everyone needs adequate amounts of water to live, and we need healthy
adrenals to maintain fluid and mineral balance in our bodies, but a healthy diet
and lifestyle are also essential to keeping the mineral levels in your body to
help you stay hydrated too. If you are drinking a lot of water and still feeling
dehydrated, or if you have symptoms of adrenal exhaustion, replenish your
adrenals with these recommendations.
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