How much water do you drink in a day? How many fresh, raw fruits and vegetables do you consume? These are just a few questions that can help you start to evaluate how hydrated or dehydrated you might be. The majority of people today are chronically dehydrated, even if they don’t realize it or even feel thirsty.
Why are so many people chronically dehydrated? One main reason is the dehydrating effect of all the toxins and poisons you are exposed to throughout your time here on earth. Toxic heavy metals, radiation, the viral explosion, and DDT, which make up the Unforgiving Four I brought to light in my book Life-Changing Foods, can greatly impact your level of dehydration. Other pollutants you may encounter can have a dehydrating effect as well. Combine that with the food, drink, and lifestyle choices many people make, and the dehydration we come into this world with (more on this below), and you have a recipe for chronic dehydration.
You most likely have heard of the importance of staying hydrated, but do you know why hydration is so vitally important? The information shared here will highlight the many reasons why you and your loved ones need to stay hydrated and will provide you with some simple ways to begin reversing chronic dehydration and its negative effects.
How Thick Is Your Blood?
One of the reasons you should do your best to stay hydrated is to avoid developing thick blood. If you reach a certain level of dehydration, your blood can thicken and give rise to numerous health issues.
Once someone develops thick blood, it becomes much more challenging for his or her heart to draw up fresh, clean blood from the liver. The heart may also have greater difficulty providing the brain and other organs with adequate blood and oxygen. Over time, this continuous exertion can prematurely wear out the heart.
Some people enter the world with thick blood, while others develop it throughout their lifetime. As a person’s body grows more and more dehydrated, his or her blood will continue to thicken. Severe dehydration, which directly impacts the blood in the body, is often affected by the food choices people make each day.
Although high-fat diets have become increasingly trendy, they do not provide your body with the hydration it needs to flourish and thrive. If you follow a high-protein diet, you are likely to still be consuming an abundance of fat in the form of animal protein and/or animal products. By eating this way, a person can quickly grow dehydrated and begin to develop thick blood. Animal protein can still be eaten if someone enjoys it, but it’s important to reduce the amount in the diet to avoid developing long term systemic chronic dehydration and the health risks this condition brings.
If your blood remains thick for an extended period of time, you may be setting yourself up for a host of major health issues including a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), heart attack, liver and/or kidney problems, high blood pressure, and/or high cholesterol. The risk of cancer is considerably greater for people with thick blood because there is less oxygen circulating throughout the body, and the body becomes less capable of properly detoxing. As someone with thick blood ages, the risk of more health problems increases.
A person with thick blood may not reap the benefits of a detox protocol and/or exercise routine because thick blood often makes it harder for the body to flush out toxins. Even someone who appears to be in amazing shape can still have thick blood and a highly-acidic system. These hidden issues can easily lead to a stroke or heart attack in even the most fit-looking individual. In contrast, someone that does not appear extraordinarily fit, but manages to keep his or her blood thin and body hydrated through a nourishing diet and positive lifestyle choices may not be as likely to suffer from a stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), and/or other health issue associated with thick blood. I have heard of many cases of freak heart attacks in very athletic, fit women and men that were mysteries to doctors. Whether the people sadly passed from the heart attack or survived it, they were still mysteries. Thick blood could easily have been an unknown mystery trigger that medical science and research are unaware of.
Our Dehydrated Lineage
You maybe surprised to learn that we come from a dehydrated lineage. I am sharing this truth for the first time. Medical and alternative health communities are not aware of this fact. Widespread chronic dehydration that affected our forefathers continues to be passed from generation to generation. This information is not passed through our genes, but through our cells, and we acquire this knowledge and state of chronic dehydration along with any inherited DDT, radiation, and mercury from our forefathers. Inherited chronic dehydration can come from as far back as two centuries ago, and still have a major impact on your health and the health of your loved ones today.
Dehydration & Bugs
Various bugs, such as Epstein-Barr virus, are more able to thrive and cause trouble in a body suffering from chronic dehydration and thick blood. If you are battling a condition such as Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, or MS, it is vitally important that you keep yourself as hydrated as possible. A critical mistake someone who suffers from an illness such as Lyme disease could make is to adopt an all-cooked, ketogenic diet. In this instance the person is likely to grow extremely dehydrated and develop thick blood, which are the perfect conditions for viruses and bacteria to proliferate and wreak havoc. You can read more about Lyme disease in my first book Medical Medium. Any hydration someone receives from drinking water while following such a diet will not be able to counteract the dehydration brought about by an abundance of high-fat and high-protein foods. Therefore, if you are battling any kind of virus or bug, hydration through proper food and beverage choices is crucial.
Do you have a coffee in the morning to help start your day off? Or a soda in the afternoon to help keep your energy levels up? Do you indulge in a martini during happy hour after a long day at the office, or sip on a glass of wine with dinner? Some people partake in all of these beverages, and it has become normal in many cultures to do so. Unfortunately, this pattern over time can set someone up for severe dehydration and a host of related health problems. Even if you choose to drink some water between your soy latte and nightly espresso, your body is likely to still suffer from dehydration. And, it is important to not be fooled by iced coffee and iced tea. Although these beverages may appear better for you, they are both dehydrating as well.
Even if you choose to drink only one coffee each morning and fill the rest of your day with glasses of water and a hydrating smoothie meal, you are still likely to be dehydrated and may even be on the brink of developing thick blood. While coffee is not the worst thing you can ingest, it certainly has an impact on your level of hydration.
Although coffee is not the best option for your overall health, unlike dairy products or eggs, it will not feed a virus. If you are trying to adopt healthier eating and lifestyle choices, it is more important that you cut out these virus-feeding foods (you can read more about these foods in my books Medical Medium and Life-Changing Foods). If you choose to enjoy a cup of decaf or regular caffeinated coffee every so often, that’s ok. Just take care to be especially mindful of seeking out ample hydration from the other foods and liquids you consume. This is true for any dehydrating beverage. If you indulge in a soda, alcoholic beverage, latte, or iced coffee— bringing in hydration through the other food and drink choices you make is critical for keeping your blood thin and your body running smoothly.
The Salt Factor
It is easy to encounter high-levels of salt in the foods and meals you consume each day. Unfortunately, the salt that is liberally sprinkled on dishes at restaurants and found in many packaged food items is not the salt your body needs to function and may actually be negating any efforts you take to stay hydrated.
Adequate sodium levels in the body are critical, and the sources of this sodium can be found in mineral-salt rich vegetables such as celery and spinach. Unlike refined salt, these veggies provide your body with a health-giving sodium that doesn’t dehydrate your system. While researchers know that there is salt in celery, they have yet to discover all of the life-giving sodium subgroups found in this incredible food. You can read more about the healing benefits of celery in my book Life-Changing Foods.
Snacking on celery sticks and other sodium-rich veggies is a great way to bring essential mineral-salts into your diet. If you're looking for a meal that’s rich in both sodium and hydration, try whipping up a bowl of spinach soup. Including this recipe daily can be a transformative step.
Eating a diet that is exclusively cooked can be one reason someone remains dehydrated. Cooked foods force your body to pull liquid from different organs and cells to help break them down. This doesn’t mean cooked food is bad, but being mindful to balance your intake of cooked food with raw fruits and veggies can greatly aid your level of hydration. One person might be drawn to eating mostly or entirely raw, while someone else might eat about 50% raw food and 50% cooked. Try to figure out the ratio of raw to cooked foods that feels right for you and your body. If you aren’t up for bringing any raw foods into your diet at this time, at least try to make the healthiest food choices you can and consider bringing lemon water into your daily routine as a way to provide your body with some hydration.
If you’re wanting a healing meal that is around 50% raw and 50% cooked, you could try eating a baked potato alongside a hydrating raw salad filled with lettuce, celery, cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, and other chopped veggies. Another good meal option is wild rice or quinoa, steamed or sautéed veggies, and a raw guacamole with lemon, cilantro, and chopped red onion served on top of raw leafy greens. If you’re someone who enjoys animal protein, like a piece of salmon, always have it with a fresh salad to bring more hydration and nutrients into your meal. Meals such as these are great for people who are working to stay hydrated because the raw portion of the dish helps offset some of the other cooked foods that may be slightly dehydrating.
Cooked soups can be healthy and healing in certain ways, but they do not provide your body with hydration. A powerful soup to incorporate into your diet is the healing broth. Although this soup can be incredibly beneficial for the body, it still does not provide the body with hydration on its own. However, the broth, which is loaded with healing mineral salts, can help the body access the right kind of water from other, hydrating food sources you consume. The healing broth is just one example of the many foods that can be healing, but not hydrating. On a day where you have the healing broth, it would be beneficial to incorporate some hydrating foods as well such as fresh coconut water, lemon water, cucumber juice, celery juice, a raw salad with cucumber slices, and/or celery sticks.
Drinking bone broth is a current health fad, but incorporating this broth into your diet can actually be extremely dehydrating. If you want to continue to consume this liquid, there are a few things that you can do to better support your body along the way.
In general, incorporating fresh, raw juices into your diet can be beneficial, but if you drink bone broth, bringing in daily juices is critical. Try adding celery juice, cucumber juice, or a green juice into your diet once or twice a day. Lemon water and/or a hydrating morning smoothie can be beneficial as well.
In addition, try removing the vinegar from your bone broth recipe. There is a misconception that vinegar can extract nutrients from the bones better than a high-quality water. In actuality, high-quality water by itself does a better job of drawing out nutrients, and the broth itself becomes slightly more nutritious and not quite as dehydrating.
When you are making your own bone broth, forgo tap water and use high-quality water instead. Tap water contains fluoride and chlorine, which will interfere with the extraction of all the minerals that you’re trying to acquire inside the bone marrow. These chemicals cancel out the minerals you’re trying to receive and make your bone broth worthless. Make sure to simmer the bones in a solid cooking simmer, and avoid having them rest in lukewarm water. These are just a few critical tips you can implement if you wish to continue drinking bone broth that are not understood even among the bone broth experts.
Hydration for Detoxification
If you are properly hydrated, your body is able to rid the liver, kidneys, and other parts of the body of unwanted toxins and poisons. Conversely, if you are not adequately hydrated, any toxins or poisons in your system will not be as easy to eliminate. This is an incredibly important reason to try and stay hydrated.
The heavy metal detox smoothie is a great recipe because it not only contains the key foods that draw out heavy metals (unknown by medical science and research), but it provides the body with the hydration needed to make total elimination of toxins possible. Other supplements or products that are advertised as heavy metal detoxifiers are most likely not going to provide you with the adequate hydration needed to help you fully eliminate the heavy metals from your system. They likely won’t be made of the ingredients that successfully remove heavy metals either. In this instance, the poisons will most likely continue to cause problems.
Panic, Anxiety, & Depression
If you suffer with anxiety, panic, or depression it is critical that you stay hydrated. If your body is dehydrated and your blood thickens, all three of these issues can worsen. If you suffer from any neurological problem or are under intense stress, hydration is critical as well. Make sure to keep ample raw food in your diet, graze frequently throughout the day, and switch out dehydrating beverages, like coffee, for more hydrating liquids, like cucumber juice or lemon water. These practices can significantly help as you work to heal these issues.
If you suffer from chronic dehydration for an extended period of time, gallstones may begin to form in your gallbladder. A high-protein diet and the elimination of fresh fruit can also contribute to the formation of gallstones. Unfortunately, you may not even become aware of gallstone issues until you are forced to have your gallbladder removed in your mid-fifties. To prevent this from happening, make sure to include an abundance of fruit in your diet. Unlike high-protein diets, which allow gallstones to build up in the gallbladder, diets brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables can assist in breaking down and dissolving any gallstones that may form. If you enjoy animal protein but you want to avoid gallstones forming, you can simply lower your animal protein while increasing fruits and vegetables in your diet. If you believe you already have gallstones and they are causing pain or problems, it’s best to eliminate all animal protein temporarily until the problem is addressed.
When it comes to hydrating yourself, most people know to reach for water, but make sure it is high-quality water. If there are traces of chlorine in the water it can be extremely dehydrating. Below are some more phenomenal ways to begin hydrating your body.
Cucumber juice can be incredibly hydrating! Try slicing up a few cucumbers and running them straight through a juicer on there own. Drinking a 16oz glass of cucumber juice everyday can do wonders for your hydration. If your day tends to be filled with a variety of really dehydrating foods such as chicken, bacon, and bone broth with vinegar, including a daily glass of cucumber juice is essential. As you drink a glass of cucumber juice, know that you are helping to thin out your blood and as a result, supporting your heart and the energy it exerts.
Try adding lemon water into your daily routine. Simply squeeze lemon into a glass of high-quality water and start to sip! You can do this once a day, twice a day, or three times a day like I do! Fresh lemon can also add an extra boost of hydration to a number of things including raw salads and herbal teas.
Coconut water, even if it has been pasteurized, can hydrate the body!
Bringing fresh, raw veggies into your diet can be highly beneficial. Try throwing sliced cucumbers into a salad, snacking on celery sticks, or creating a raw pasta dish with spiralized zucchini or cucumbers and pile on fresh tomatoes and red, orange, or yellow bell peppers.
Fruit is hydrating! Fresh fruits have countless benefits and offering hydration is just one of them. If you or a loved one is concerned about incorporating fruit into your diet, check out the “Fruit Fear” chapter in Medical Medium.
When it comes to staying hydrated, know that you don’t have to drown yourself in water. However, adding some water, as well as certain foods in their whole and liquid form can be exceptionally valuable. Try to drink fresh juices, whip up a daily smoothie, bring in a living spinach soup when possible, throw in a coconut water whenever you can, and try squeezing fresh lemon or lime into your water and on your salads when it comes to mind! If you are on the search for more delicious and hydrating meals, check out some of the recipes in my book, Life-Changing Foods.
I personally try to drink around two liters of water everyday with lemon juice squeezed in. In addition, I’ll bring in celery juice, cucumber juice, and oftentimes 16 to 32 oz of fresh squeezed orange juice. These are just a few of the ways I try to keep myself hydrated. Each person’s needs are different when it comes to hydration though. An avid exerciser might want to bring more than two liters of water into their daily routine. Play around with all of these suggestions and see which ideas work best for you!
Hot herbal tea is not hydrating, but it does not dehydrate you like other beverages might and still has a host of healing benefits to offer your body. Tea can be hydrating if you make it by putting fresh herb leaves, such as peppermint or lemon balm, in a jar of water and leaving it on the countertop to steep for around 6 hours. After that, you can stick it in the fridge and drink the hydrating beverage whenever you want!
Some herbs can be dehydrating, but most common herbs used to make teas do not have this dehydrating effect. Black tea, caffeine-containing green tea, and Earl Grey tea are all dehydrating varieties. If you are hoping to increase your level of hydration, avoiding these teas for the time being maybe beneficial.
Water Drinking Contests
Warning! Never participate in a water-drinking contest. Every few years, people begin to forget about the horrors of past water-drinking contests and a new one arises. This is part of human nature— we forget about the past and always repeat mistakes from every genre that exists on the planet. Typically a poor contestant will drink him or herself to death literally. Make sure that you and your loved ones avoid these devastatingly harmful competitions.
Hydration is critical for electrolytes and thinning out your blood. It can help keep anxiety, depression, and panic at bay, and can support your body in its detox efforts. Even if you entered this world with chronic dehydration, know that there are ways to reverse what you’ve inherited.
The wonderful fact is that you can begin to heal from chronic dehydration by taking small, manageable steps. Is there something you can begin to incorporate into your daily protocol to support yourself as you work to thin out your blood and increase your hydration? Something as simple as a glass of lemon water is a great start. It takes time and consistent healing practices to make up for years of chronic dehydration, but it is definitely possible and worth it for your overall health and vitality!
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