Your key to good health

Hydration

Feeling tired all the time? Suffering from headaches, poor concentration, irritability or mood swings? We’re too far into the New Year to be blaming fatigue on celebratory festive hang-overs! The solution may be simple…drink more water.

Increasing hydration is one of the most important factors that should be considered for those seeking to improve health and vitality.

Effects of dehydration

Alcohol and caffeine both dehydrate the body and it’s safe to assume we’ve all had more than our fair share of bubbly and indulgent treats over the holidays. It’s time to hold up a glass (of water) and say cheers to a new year! Staying well-hydrated keeps your skin supple, energy levels elevated, and your mood stable.

If you’re feeling thirsty, it’s a sign your body is already dehydrated. Other signs and symptoms of dehydration include dark urine, dry mouth, lips and tongue, and dizziness or feeling light-headed upon standing.

I may sound like Chicken Little, but it’s not the sky that’s falling this time – the stars you’re seeing or dizziness you’re experiencing may be from dehydration. If you’re head doesn’t already hurt (from either dehydration or being sick of hearing the same advice!) water IS good for you and you do need to drink more.

External factors

Like the Earth, the human body is predominately water and it’s been proven that hydration is one of the key factors for longevity and health.

The environment, stress and our lifestyles often contribute to toxicity, degenerating our health and leading to a dehydrated nation. The following 5 steps are great ways to rehydrate and create optimal health:

1. Reduce dehydrating foods & drinks. Like a barrel full of holes, if you continue to fill with water you’ll lose more than your efforts are worth. Similarly with the body, foods that have been processed, denatured and lack true nutrition are highly acidic to the body and in turn, create water retention and then eventual dehydration as the body strives hard to flush out the waste.

2. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Optimal nutrition from fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, legumes, sprouted grains, and seaweeds ensure an alkaline pH balance in the body and in effect, an oxygenated, hydrated system. To be fully healthy, this is the medium of which the human body must stay at. In contrast to #1, fresh, live foods only come with a list of health benefits. Inhibiting oxidation, balancing blood sugar, and protecting the regeneration of cell structure are just a few of the amazing benefits derived from nature’s perfect (preventative) medicines. It’s as simple as including more fresh produce like salads and fruit smoothies.

3. Drink plenty of water. As every organ – including your brain which is 75% water! – requires a hydrated medium to function best, it’s an intelligent option to choose to not only consume those foods which help hydrate you, but also drink purified water.

The recommendation for daily water intake is 30ml of pure water per kg of body weight. Your kidneys need a daily minimum of 600ml to flush any lingering bacteria out of the urinary system. Based on the recommended daily water intake, that’s up to 2.3 litres for most females and 2.6 litres for males!

4. Rest! Sleep helps your body repair. When sleeping, the body undergoes the majority of its repair and works to reverse the effect of stressful modern day living. If you get enough sleep (7-8 hours minimum) you are doing a large service to your entire system by allowing regeneration on a cellular level, and in return a less-stressed and more alkaline body.

Like eating the proper fuel, less stress on the human body means that hormone function will be in better balance, adrenals and kidneys won’t be as taxed to detoxify and remove acidic waste, and you’ll feel lighter and healthier.

5. Stop Smoking. It’s been proven repeatedly that smoking not only increases the risk for atherosclerosis (heart disease), lung cancer, and diabetes, but creates vitamin deficiency (especially Vitamins A & C) and dehydrates the body. It may not seem easy, but by undergoing a detox program or choosing to slowly abstain from this life-shortening habit is well worth it.

How to make water less boring

If you don’t drink enough water because you aren’t keen on the taste (or lack of taste), then try these simple tips:

  • Day spas and boutique salons have taken the cucumber slices off eye-lids and put them in water pitchers (hopefully they are using fresh slices!) Cucumbers add a refreshing, different flavour.
  • Add in some freshly chopped herbs, such as mint, lavender, rose hip, or tarragon.
  • Get fruity – toss in some blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries; you get an extra hit of vitamin C and cellular-protective phytonutrients as a bonus.
  • Go for some zest – fresh lemon or lime wedges are the perfect flavour booster.
  • Add some watermelon slices – great on a hot, sunny day.

Drinking water is not the only way to keep hydrated…

While eating whole, fresh fruits and vegetables is important to maintain optimal health, this can leave you low in vitamins and electrolyte minerals such as sodium, magnesium, and potassium.

It’s not commonly recognised that we need more than just plain water to stay hydrated. Our bodies use electrolytes to regulate water balance and blood pressure and without these, the blood stream becomes slowed and you experience fatigue and low energy. Magnesium is essential, as it helps the body properly hold onto the potassium it needs.

Elevate offers IV infusions which support internal fluid balance, improve energy levels, and keep you feeling your healthiest each and every day!

Each IV infusion formula is tailored to meet your specific needs, so for the first time you’ll see our GP for a short appointment, then next time you can book directly with our front desk staff.

If you would like to have IV therapy tailored to meet your needs, call (02) 9252 2225 to make an appointment with Integrative GP, Dr Adina Blaj.

For more nutritional and dietary advice please contact Elevate’s Naturopath, Nutritionist, and Medical Herbalist, Amanda Harasym, or Nutritionist and Dietitian, Anthony Glanville.

 

 

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