Happy Monday! I often hear my clients state that they have a mid afternoon crash (fatigue) and sugar cravings. Sugar Cravings May Be A Sign Of Dehydration. It is that simple; drink more water infused with citrus or fruit to absorb the minerals that your body craves. This simple trick will bring the body back to balance naturally. No artificial flavoring nor coloring.
Here are some (slightly modified) guidelines from Dr. Leonard Smith, renowned gastrointestinal, vascular and general surgeon, on how to hydrate properly:
- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. If you weigh 200 lbs. then drink 100 ounces of water each day. That translates to 3 – 4 quarts per day or one gallon.
- Sip water slowly, 2 to 3 ounces at a time, throughout the day. If you drink too fast, you risk diluting your blood, which may cause faster excretion of water by the kidneys.
- Drink only 2 to 4 ounces of water with meals, or you may dilute the gastric juices that digest your food.
- After you exercise, make sure you replace lost fluids with water.
- Make your own flavored water with lemon or lime juice and Stevia that can alkalinize your body.
- Avoid coffee, soda pop, and alcohol. These beverages are very dehydrating and act as diuretics. They cause your kidneys to excrete pure water without ridding your body of any toxins. Again, probiotic liquids to the rescue. Replace soda pop with healing, bubbly probiotic liquids such as a Kevita or Kombucha drink. This will provide your body with microflora and minerals.
- Use a good water filter. Try to avoid distilled or reverse osmosis water because most of the minerals are removed in those processes. If you do have a reverse osmosis filter add minerals. Pink Himalayan Salt is an excellent addition.
- If you live in a dry climate, be sure to drink before you get thirsty. Your body may not show signs of dehydration in dry climates.
- Be sure to control your blood sugar level. Elevated blood sugar causes osmotic diuresis, where the sugar exits through your kidneys and carries water out with it into the urine. As a result, your kidneys are unable to reabsorb the water. By incorporating Fermented foods and beverages that are naturally sour it helps to eliminate cravings for sugars. You’ll find yourself feeling quite satisfied with the natural sugars in foods like carrots and fruit and raw saurkraut.
- Keep your blood alkaline. A diet high in sugar, processed foods and animal proteins and taking over-the-counter and prescription drugs can make your blood more acidic. This condition leaches minerals from your body and weakens your adrenals. Including a little spiralina or chlorophyll mixed with filtered water is a great way to alkalinize your blood AND hydrate, especially first thing in the morning. I like to add spiralina powder to my smoothies.
- Take care of stress and get a good night’s sleep. Sleep nourishes your adrenals and allows your body to repair itself. I LOVE to use Vetiver and Lavender Essential Oils applied on the bottom of my feet at night. This makes for a restful sleep. Best if used after a nice hot bath. Email me for more information on the essential oils and for a 15 minute wellness consultation at email@example.com.