One of the most important factors for healing and your health is hydration. Unfortunately, it’s also the one thing that is either not taken seriously or not done properly.

First of all, to stay hydrated you need to mitigate or eliminate dehydrating habits. Examples of these habits include consuming flours, animal protein, coffee, processed sugar, and alcohol on a regular basis. Smoking (of any kind) will also create a dehydrated state.

Secondly, you need to start consuming more hydrating foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Aside from eating them on their own, you can also work them into things like soups, smoothies, juices, herbal teas, salads, and stir-frys.

Thirdly, you need to ensure that the water you are drinking is clean, fresh, alive, and well-mineralized. Unfortunately, tap water, many filtration systems, and trends like RO and distilled water are not the best choices to hit all those critical points. Some are heavily contaminated, some are “dead”, and many are both.

Also, consuming the standard 8-12 glasses of water (especially if it is not hitting the key points) is not usually the recipe for proper hydration, especially if you are consuming all those dehydrating foods and beverages. A lesser considered point is that stomach acid can become diluted if one consumes copious amounts of water, and this is especially detrimental around meal time.

So what’s the answer?

Focus on eliminating your consumption of dehydrating foods, increase your consumption of hydrating ones, and use herbal teas and clean, well-mineralized water to fill in the gaps. In other words, have the lion’s share of water intake come from food, and the rest come from straight water intake.

Remember, “dead” or “dirty” water is not particularly hydrating at the cellular level when you drink it. Minerals are key. Use your clean but dead water for cleaning, showering, and bathing. And if you want to add minerals into your bath, look at mineral salts or magnesium flakes to do so.

Details, details…the difference between getting well and staying in a rut. I iron them all out, in the THRIVE Academy.

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Derek A. Henry

Derek A. Henry, Founder of Healing the Body and the THRIVE Academy, used nutrition, supplementation, and a holistic lifestyle to naturally unravel 13 chronic disease conditions that conventional or alternative medical professionals couldn't help him resolve. As a result of this one-in-a-million health transformation and the knowledge acquired in the process, he is now happier and healthier than he has ever been and now educates, coaches, and inspires thousands of others to transform their health through a natural and holistic approach. Since 2014, he has helped his THRIVE Academy participants heal over 20 different chronic disease conditions, primarily related to digestive and autoimmune concerns.

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