Please close your eyes for a moment, take a deep breath in; 4,3,2, hold....and breathe out, let it go...
In all honesty, how are you feeling? Tired? Irritable? Stressed? Emotional? Ungrounded? Just overwhelmed and a little off...
If you feel any of the above symptoms before you go to the doctor because you think you have a severe life-altering problem, please consider it may just be dehydration. But, yes, it IS a real problem, and as I continue to help people on their wellness path, it's become evident that no one is drinking nearly enough water. I get it. It's a habit change, which can be challenging, and most people don't like the taste of water.
What does it feel like to be dehydrated?
Here are common clues that your body is trying to tell you it needs more WATER.
Mood changes: Dehydration can affect your mood, causing irritability, anxiety, and depression.
Dark urine: Urine can become dark and concentrated when you are dehydrated. This is a HUGE red flag - your body is crying for help.
Fatigue and weakness: Dehydration can cause fatigue and weakness, which I describe as a wilted flower.
Headaches or migraines: Yet another way your body tries to talk to you due to reduced blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
Dizziness or lightheadedness: Dehydration can cause a drop in blood pressure, leading to dizziness or lightheadedness.
Dry skin, rashes, or other skin conditions
Muscle cramps: Dehydration can cause muscle cramps and spasms. Have you ever had cramps in your calves at night? That's your body telling you it's dehydrated.
Digestive issues: Diareah, constipation, and bloating are all signs of dehydration.
If you are facing any of the above symptoms, please know you are not alone, and it can be as simple as integrating more water into your daily life.
Don't like the taste of water or find it hard to put into your life? Here are
Jenny's top 5 tricks on how to get more water (and vitamins & minerals) into your body, because I'm all about efficiency:
1. Get a supplement to put in your water. Here is a delicious powered hydrator that you and your kids (over 4) can enjoy under 20 cals, no added sugar, Zinc, potassium, magnesium, sodium, and antioxidant vitamin C and vitamin B complex...oh and did I mention it also has electrolytes in it. Seriously this product is packed with everything your body needs.
2. Drink water as soon as you wake up (your body needs this). The absolute be
st thing you can do for your body to break the fast it has been in for the last 6-9 hours is to pour yourself a large glass of water, add extremely nourishing supplements & enjoy it. I would add my greens or supermix (pictured here)
3. Drink water when you're hungry before you eat or go for 2nds.
4. Have water bottles in all your hot spots: Bedside table, working station, car, and where you spend most of your time.
5. Drink 2L before mid-day (nutritionist Carly's trick)
Bonus. Respect and give love to your body. Treat it as you would treat anything precious. Water is nourishment; remember that.
Once you ARE on the hydration train, you will notice the following benefits:
Better cognitive function: Even mild dehydration can impair cognitive function, affecting your ability to concentrate, focus, and think clearly. Staying hydrated can help keep your brain functioning optimally.
Improved nervous system: Your blood cells rely on water to transmit messages between your brain and body. With enough water, your nerves can become more effective, allowing fewer ups and downs in your mood.
Increased energy levels: Dehydration can cause feelings of fatigue and sluggishness. Proper hydration can help keep your energy levels up and prevent fatigue.
Better digestion: Drinking enough water can help keep your digestive system functioning correctly, preventing constipation and promoting regular bowel movements.
Improved immune function: Staying hydrated helps support the immune system by enabling it to function correctly, reducing the risk of infections and illnesses.
Improved skin health: Proper hydration helps keep your skin looking healthy and radiant by preventing dryness and promoting elasticity.
Better kidney function: Drinking enough water helps flush out toxins from the body and supports kidney function, reducing the risk of kidney stones and other kidney-related problems. If you're on any form of medication/birth control/pharmaceutical...it is even more critical to drink water to help your kidney detoxify the chemicals from these medications.
In conclusion, just drink as much water as you can. Staying hydrated is essential for optimal health and well-being immediately and as you age. It can literally make or break your healthy aging process, so let's start this healthy habit now. It's accessible to most of us reading this, and it's one of the easiest ways to improve your body, mind, and life.
If you're interested in adding supplements to nourish your body, mind, and life, I am here to educate you on what would add value to your life by cleaning and supporting your body from the inside out.
Book a (free) call with me here to chat about supplements.