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The Spring Cleanse - HYDRATION

Updated: Apr 12

My top cleansing tips


HYDRATION

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ELIMINATION

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MOVEMENT

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CLEAN UP YOUR ENVIRONMENT

HYDRATION is my number 1 tip for starting to support the body during any cleansing effort. Our bodies are mostly made up of water!

Brain 75% water

Blood 83% water

Heart 79% water

Bones 22% water

Muscles 75% water

Liver 85% water

Kidneys 83% water

Pretty crazy when you see it like that isn't it? Are you drinking enough water to support your body? Did you know that if you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated! You want to be sipping on water continuously to avoid that thirsty feeling. This will help to adequately hydrate the body instead of waiting too long between drinks, feeling that thirst then drinking loads of water that isn't able to be absorbed.

I like the analogy of a dried sponge you know that old cleaning sponge that is long forgotten under your kitchen sink. The next time you go to use it, you put it under the running water and the water just runs right over it. But then eventually it starts to soak in some water and then finally it becomes saturated with water again.

Well that's how I think about dehydrated kidneys.... I think we've all been here before.

We decide todays the day I'm going to start drinking more water... and it seems with all your efforts you are really just running to the bathroom all day.

That's because your kidneys are like that dry sponge under your sink it takes awhile for the water to saturate and actually absorb the water. Best way to start considering if your water intake is adequate is, take your weight in pounds divide it by 2 and that's the amount of ounces of water to drink daily. This is a good goal to start with.

100lbs/2=50 ounces of water daily

Drinking enough water each day benefits the body in many different ways. Water helps us to regulate our body temperature, keeps our joints well lubricated, helps to prevent infections, delivers nutrients to cells, and keeps our organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated will also improve your sleep quality, cognition and mood!!


Dehydration impedes the kidneys' ability to filter waste and contributes to the formation of urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

Each day, we lose water through sweating, peeing, pooping, and even breathing. If that water isn't replenished, we become dehydrated. We're also losing electrolytes with the fluids, including sodium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium.

You can monitor your own hydration by paying attention to your body.



The best way to tell if you're well-hydrated is by checking your urine. Dark, concentrated urine indicates dehydration. If your urine is pale, you're adequately hydrated. If your urine is clear or nearly clear, you've lost electrolytes and need to replace them.

We get many electrolytes from our diets, mainly sodium, but poor or unvaried diets can lead to deficiencies in certain electrolytes, such as magnesium.

I like to recommend electrolyte supplementation to the clients that I work with to ensure they are getting some good minerals in their water to help with hydration. You can add 1/4 -1 teaspoon of a quality mineral salt like Celtic sea salt to your jug of water. Or if you prefer flavoured water there are numerous electrolyte beverages, powders and tabs available to add to your water.

You will FEEL the difference!

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