It’s Not Hunger – It’s Dehydration!

It is estimated that 4 out of 5 people are chronically dehydrated without even knowing it.   Many of us don’t get nearly enough of our daily water requirements.  It’s probably realistic to apply that statistic globally, for reasons of poverty, water shortages, proliferation of soft drinks, and lack of education.

Depending on the climate we live in and how active we are, we should ideally drink between 1.5 – 3 litres of water daily   Our bodies are made of two thirds of water, and we lose roughly 10 cups a day through normal activities.

Feeling thirst is a sign that the body is already dehydrated, however, thirst is often disguised as hunger, and so many people reach for food when they should be reaching for water instead.   As a result, drinking a glass of water can prevent a need for snacking, instantly warding off hunger signals and rehydrating a dehydrated body.

Most of us purchase bottled water only, assuming that it fulfills all our hydration requirements.

But beware – most distilled or reverse osmosis water is devoid of minerals as well as chemicals, and you won’t become fully hydrated without the presence of electrolytes.  It’s therefore crucial to include something like Himalayan salt in your daily diet, drink some coconut water, or add a sprinkle of sodium bicarbonate to your bottled water.

Dehydration is equally as bad for your looks as it is for your internal organs.  It is aging for the skin and debilitating for the joints and muscles.

Signs of dehydrations include, but are not limited to:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen Tongue
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Yellow Urine
  • Headaches
  • Acid Reflux Disorder
  • Delayed Digestion of Animal Proteins

Prolonged dehydration can result in issues such as:

  • Bladder/Kidney Infections
  • Allergies/Asthma
  • Premature Aging
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Depression

Preventing dehydration:

  • Start each day with warm lemon water
  • Sip water throughout the day
  • When drinking coffee, always include a glass of water as well
  • Drink a glass of water ½ hour before each meal
  • Drink a glass of water before bed
  • If hungry between meals, drink water
  • Add sodium bicarbonate or Himalayan salt to distilled water
  • Drink one glass of water every hour of every day

Written by:  Etain Case (etain@orionretreat.com)