A Grain of Salt (Or Two)
Hydration and Why It’s Important
With the summer months solidly upon us it seems like a good time to talk about the importance of staying hydrated. The more you sweat, the more water you need to consume.
But there is a twist. Wait for it.
Experts recommend half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. So if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 oz. or more water per day. Coffee, tea, alcohol and naturally flavored, sugar and sweetener-free water are actually dehydrating.
Staying well-hydrated is crucial for sleep, mood, cognition, organ function, regulating body temperature, lubricating joints, and delivering nutrients to cells.
But proper hydration is also about balanced minerals. And sometimes, we don’t get enough electrolytes; things like sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium and more. These essential minerals allow our body to absorb fluids and maintain healthy nerve and muscle function, among other benefits.
Without these minerals, our body can actually become dehydrated, even though in theory we drink ‘enough’ water.
Symptoms of Dehydration
The symptoms of dehydration are many and go something like this: muscle cramps or spasms, muscle weakness, irregular or fast heartbeat, headache, extreme thirst, fatigue or lethargy, and changes in blood pressure.
Let’s stay away from these, shall we?
Sole water (pronounced “so-lay”) is a simple solution: clean filtered water and pink Himalayan salt. Why do people drink it? To stay hydrated and balanced - Himalayan salt contains trace amounts of more than 84 different minerals and elements. Sole water has been said to improve digestive health, hydrate your body, improve your sleep, lower blood pressure, prevent muscle cramps, and detox your body.
To make the mixture, fill a glass jar a quarter full of pink Himalayan salt. Add water until the jar is full, seal with a lid, shake, and let it sit for 12–24 hours until salt is dissolved. Be careful not to use a metal lid or utensil with sole water because it will oxidize metals just like salt on the road will rust your car. Use 1 teaspoon of the mixture to an 8 ounce glass of water and sip throughout the day.
See how you feel!
Caveat: Minerals interact with each other and need balance. Too much water, dehydration, medication, diabetes, and kidney function can throw off this balance.
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This communication may contain general nutrition and lifestyle advice. I am not a licensed physician. My advice is not intended, and you should not use it to attempt to diagnose, prevent or treat diseases, ailments, pain or other medical conditions. Please consult your personal licensed physician to seek advice about diagnosing, preventing or treating specific ailments.