What Hydrates – What Dehydrates
Acupuncturist Juan Tejada gives an example of nutritional counseling included during a New Patient Exam Consultation which all acupuncture patients receive when beginning their wellness process at our local Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Clinic.
What hydrates – What dehydrates!
Many times patients come into our office asking our acupuncturist about ways to feel better. The conversation covers many subjects, but one of the big key factors to health is our body’s hydration.
Our patients share with us the amount of soda, coffee, and sport drinks like Gatorade that they drink. Many do not know that these beverages dehydrate the body so they need to drink more water to be hydrated.
Some experts say that we need to drink at least 1/2 gallon of water to keep our bodies hydrated.
You will actually need to drink equal amounts of water that you consumed in soda or coffee just to flush out the sugar and caffeine, then drink the daily portion of water just to remain at your optimum best.
Think of your body as an automobile… if you don’t put the right amount of fluids (gas and oil) in it…it will begin to run badly and eventually die. The body is the same, it needs water to function correctly. Our blood gets thick when not fully hydrated, our heart works harder to pump this slush and the extra effort causes heart palpitations or worse. Also, the brain doesn’t get enough blood and gets hot…so headaches or migraines can happen.
We want you to be healthy so we encourage you to drink filtered water instead of sodas, sports drinks…
In case you dislike the unflavored part of drinking water, squeeze a little lime or lemon juice and ad an small pinch of sea salt in a glass of water. This will help your body to process the water better and keep you hydrated!
Juan Tejada L.Ac., offers several choices of treatments at his Tucson Acupuncture clinic where he practices Traditional Chinese Medicine. Learn more about this natural medicine and why we are…
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