What Are the Symptoms of Dehydration?
Treatment for Dry Eye - STEP 1 HYDRATION
START WITH HYDRATION!!!
Treatment for ALL disease should start with drinking plenty of water daily. Seventy-five percent (75%!!!) of us walk around dehydrated. You should be carrying around a reusable water bottle with you at all times (do yourself and our planet a favor and avoid disposable plastic water bottles!). Follow the motto, if you think, drink! This means that every time you think about drinking water, you should take a drink. We have a survival mechanism that tells us we are starting to get thirsty before we even do.
What Dehydration Causes…
Dehydration can cause a list of ailments and symptoms that are very similar to disease. A lot of people who are just dehydrated are diagnosed with disease, when a simple glass of water (or ten glasses) can help eliminate these symptoms. Dehydration can cause dry eye, brain fog and fatigue, disease, sickness, and overall malaise. Sound familiar? Get drinking!
Symptoms of dehydration include
- Dry mouth
- Decreased urination or deep yellow urine
How Much to Drink?
This obviously depends on the size of the person, but a typical recommended dose per day is 2 liters, which is about 10-8 ounce glasses of water (think dinner glasses). 10 glasses of water per day may sound daunting, but I assure you, with a system and reusable water bottle in place, it is easy to surpass that.
Drink great quality water that is free of heavy metals (often found in tap water). Make sure you have a heavy duty filter. Most refrigerator filters do not filter out everything but are a good start. We purchased and recommend the BIG Berkey water filtration countertop unit. You can also have an in-house filtration system installed under your sink.
Avoid beverages and foods which have diuretic effects such as coffee, caffeinated teas (limit to less than 2 cups per day), and alcohol (less than 1 standard drink per day). If you must have your caffeine, make sure you’re drinking at least that same amount of water right after to avoid dehydration.
Side note: Dr. Travis Zigler drinks 2 liters right after waking up to hyper-hydrate (more on this later). Dr. Jenna drinks at least 3-32 ounce water bottles full daily, spacing it out throughout her day (1 full bottle is consumed before she eats anything that day).
Hyper-Hydration & The Effects of Proper Hydration
Hyper-hydration is a term given to drinking a lot of water in a short period of time to flush the body with water. Wake up with a hyper-hydration session of 16 to 32 ounces of water (2 to 4 cups, 0.5 to 1.0 liters). YES, you can add a squeeze of lemon or apple cider vinegar to your water for enhanced effects. It will take your body a few days to adjust to drinking this much first thing, but the effects are well worth it!
Flushing the body with water and staying properly hydrated has numerous effects on the body including boosting your metabolism by 30-50% for the next two hours (which is like working out). It will flush your circulatory and lymphatic system of toxins accumulated in the body throughout the day before, as water is the purge vehicle for toxins.
Along with flushing the body of these toxins, proper hydration lowers the noise in your body and connects your mind to your body (less brain fog = more clarity). More on connecting your mind to your body later.
You will feel the effects of hydration after 3-days of doing this hyper-hydration in the morning. You will feel clearer and more alive than ever before.
Three-Step System To Keep Hydrated
Benefits: purge toxins, flush the circulatory & lymphatic system, and boost metabolism
Benefits: every time you look at your bottle, you will take a drink
Benefits: being hydrated all day leads to a 30 to 50% increase in metabolism
- Start the Three-Step System AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
- Purchase a 32 ounce (or larger) water bottle and keep it near you at all times. Whenever you look at your water bottle, take a drink.
- Start Hyper-hydration right when you wake up and do this before your first meal.
- Purchase a Camelback Backpack (more to come on this).
- Purchase a BIG Berkey Water Filtration Kit.
Side Note on ALL Natural Treatments
EVERYONE SHOULD BE DOING THE FIRST LINE OF TREATMENT (Natural)… EVERYONE!!! Persevere with this first line of action items. It may take up to 6-8 weeks for the symptoms of dry eye to be managed. Some of these will have to be continued for life, but you will notice other ailments disappearing as you begin to implement these habits.
Dr. Travis Zigler