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We Are Water.
Water makes up 1/2 to 1/3 of our body weight. Our bodies depend on water for nearly all processes. When we’re not well hydrated, our tissues aren’t well hydrated, and this can disrupt our body systems, including hormone regulation.
- Water is necessary to flush out excess toxins and hormones. You know this if you’ve noticed that your urine changes color and smell depending on how much water you drink and whether you take medications or vitamins.
- Water is part of our blood, which transports hormones around the body and carries out the excess. Water flows through our kidneys and liver to process and excrete hormones and toxins.
- When we are dehydrated, our bodies automatically start a stress response because our bodies know that dehydration can be a life threatening situation. A stress response elevates cortisol hormone levels, sending all of our other hormones out of whack.
- Water is necessary in our bowels to keep our stools soft so that they can be excreted easily, rather than causing constipation. Remember that first lesson on fiber? Fiber can’t exit our bodies (taking all of our excess hormones and toxins with it) if we don’t have water to flush it out.
- Our brain needs water to properly control the release and balance of the hormones throughout our systems. If our brain cells are dehydrated, they don’t function properly.
- Water helps us maintain our temperature and hydrate and nourish our skin and other tissues. As such, it can help combat symptoms of hormone imbalance like night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and acne.
When and how to drink water:
We need to consume enough water to make up for water loss, through urine, bowel movements, vomiting, sweating, breathing, and skin evaporation. If you’re sick and have diarrhea or vomiting, or nasal discharge, you’re losing extra fluids. If you sweat a lot, exercise, or are in a very hot climate, you’re losing extra fluids.
To stay sufficiently hydrated, you should be drinking at least .5 oz of water for every pound you weigh. For example, if you weigh 140lbs, you should drink 70oz a day. Just divide your weight by two to find the ounces of water you should drink per day. This amount will be more if you are losing extra fluids. Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating too, so if you consume these things you need extra water as well. This amount includes:
- 2 cups before breakfast, 1 during breakfast, 1 between breakfast and lunch, 1 during lunch, 1 between lunch and dinner, 1 during dinner, 1 after dinner.
- 2 cups 2 hours before exercise, and 1 cup every 20 minutes while exercising
- Lemon water
- Sparkling water
- Herbal tea
- High water content fruits and vegetables, especially raw fruits and vegetables
- Water ‘sole’
- NOT juice, caffeinated beverages, soda or beverages with sugar added! These are not hydrating and not beneficial for hormone balance.
All information in this blog is for educational uses only. Always consult your doctor before taking any herbs or supplements, or changing or discontinuing your medications.
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