With many warm days still to come, it’s important to remember to hydrate. Did you know that simply
drinking water when you’re thirsty is not good enough to hydrate your body? By the time you feel
thirsty, you are already dehydrated. You should be drinking water days in advance to fully hydrate
In fact, if you allow yourself to become dehydrated, you will chemically stress your body out and cause it
to store fat. This occurs because you are not allowing the body to flush the toxins from it and this will
cause an increased inflammatory state due to toxicity. This toxic state is a chemical stress that will cause
a spike in cortisol which in turn will cause an insulin response. This chronic increased insulin response
causes the body to store fat.
There are many sports drinks that claim to hydrate and provide electrolyte replenishment. However,
these drinks, often times, are loaded with sugar. Sugar is a major component that causes inflammation,
which promotes cortisol production and in turn will elicit an insulin response. These drinks will,
ultimately, be more harmful, because of the sugar/toxin mix that they provide leading to fat storing.
Water is best for hydration. A general rule to help you drink enough water is to drink half your body
weight in ounces of water. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should be drinking 75 ounces of
water a day. Drinking half your body weight in ounces of water daily, will help maintain a well hydrated
body. This will enable it to eliminate the toxins and decrease this chemical stress, making it easier for
you to lose weight.