Are you struggling with headaches, brain fog, insomnia and joint pain? We often mistakenly think these and other all-too-common modern maladies are due to gluten intake, too much sugar or too little exercise. But there is a missing, and crucial, piece to the health puzzle that can no longer be overlooked. Hydration. With the summer and its heat around the corner, many of us are significantly harming our bodies by simply not drinking enough water. It is a known fact that human beings can survive without food for several weeks, but will die after just a few days without water. This makes sense, considering that our adult bodies are made up of 60% water. Yet, most of us are dehydrated; some doctors suggest that around 75% of Americans don’t drink enough fluids.
There are many factors that cause dehydration, such as the lack of eating hydrating greens and fruits, the exposure to dry heat, air-conditioning and fluorescent light, a diet rich on sugar and salt as well as the consumption of alcohol, coffee, tea and over-the-counter medications, which can all lead to keeping us dried out. Besides thirst and decreased urine output, some of the lesser known signs that can tell us that we are dehydrated are the inability to lose weight, constipation, bloating, afternoon fatigue, difficulty to focus, insomnia, headaches and stiffness.
So how do you get re-hydrated and stay hydrated? Here is a hint, it is not just drinking more tap water.
My special guest on this upcoming episode of Empowerment Radio is integrative medicine physician Dr. Dana Cohen, the co-author of Quench – Kick fatigue, drop weight and boost your vitality through the new science of optimum hydration. In her new book, she shares effective and surprising ways on how to provide our body with the water it needs.
“Let us introduce you to a new way to claim the power of water. Quench will help you determine how to hydrate properly (hint: it doesn’t involve chugging a gallon of water every day), and then how to get the water you do drink deep into your muscles, cells, and fascia (the connective tissue of your body), where it’s needed most. Quantity is not necessarily quality when it comes to drinking enough water. It’s all about absorption, and that’s why our plan will not be to push you to simply drink more. Why? Because counting on water alone to hydrate your body is inefficient— and it can even hurt you. Drinking too much water can flush out vital nutrients and electrolytes from your cells and tissues, actually harming your health and limiting your body’s ability to perform. In Quench we’ll show why you need to incorporate more hydration into your diet not just through water, but also through plants, such as fruits and vegetables, seeds, and other hydrating foods. The effects of hydration can be transformative, and once you feel them for yourself, you’ll never look at a simple glass of H2O the same way again.”
Join me and Dr. Dana Cohen on Thursday June 20th at 9 AM PT / noon ET and learn more about how optimal hydration can help you accelerate your healing, regain vitality and get in better shape.