by Dr. Troy Van Biezen DC, ART, BPE
90% of your cells are made up of water... up to 60% of your entire body is water.
Because your body’s made up so largely of H2O, your hydration status affects everything from your brain functioning to mobility and flexibility to your energy levels.
Hydration is critical for the wellbeing and functioning of your body.
Yet as a whole, we are the most dehydrated than ever before. More clinicians every day are saying ALL of us are dehydrated.
How is that possible? First it’s important to understand what dehydration really means.
What is Dehydration?
The go-to definition of dehydration is “when you lose more fluids from the body than you take in.” It’s critical you also understand, though, that dehydration involves a loss of electrolytes and other important vitamins.
With that being said, hydration then is not just adequate fluids in the body, it’s also the proper balance of electrolytes.
Why we’re more dehydrated than ever
Claiming that all of us are in some way dehydrated is a bold statement, but there’s no denying we are becoming more dehydrated due to our modern lifestyles. You’ll be shocked to read some of the things that could be contributing to dehydration in your body:
- Polluted tap water
- Stagnant PCB bottled water
- Dry processed and packaged foods
- Over-caffeinated drinks
- Alcohol and sodas
- Medications, whether prescribed or OTC
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Long commutes
- Frequent travel on airplanes
- Cell phones, computers, and surrounding electronics
- AC and heating
- Fluorescent lighting
- Sealed indoors in artificial settings with little sunlight
Each of these throughout the day evaporates the water inside us.
How dehydration affects the body
Being dehydrated reduces our cells’ lifespans, creating negative physiological consequences.
Everything from brain fog, irritability, lack of focus, insomnia, athletic injuries, muscle weakness, muscle cramping, achy joints, insulin swings, skin blemishes, dry hair, fatigue, constipation, and carrying extra pounds can be consequences of dehydration.
Long-term consequences include kidney and heart dysfunction, because even a 0.5% dehydration causes increased strain on the heart.
3% dehydration causes decreased muscle endurance and muscle strength by up to 5%.
Why water isn’t enough for hydration
Conventional wisdom says 8 glasses a day or half your body weight in ounces is the right way to stay optimally hydrated.
With dehydration being an epidemic there must be a better way. The solution is quality over quantity.
You can actually overwater. Drinking too much water can flush out vital nutrients and electrolytes, leading to what’s called hyponatremia.
Hyponatremia is simply an abnormally low concentration of sodium in your blood. Symptoms actually look a lot like dehydration symptoms, which include nausea, headache, fatigue, and more.
So, if more, more, more water isn’t the answer to hydration, what is?
How to hydrate with amino acids and electrolytes
The key to healthy hydration is water intake as well as electrolyte balance. When you first think of electrolytes, your mind probably wanders to popular sports drinks.
Yes, these do work to hydrate, but they’re not the best option on the market for hydration.
That’s why we formulated LivPür Hydrate with no artificial colors, flavors, and unnecessary additives for a clean, pure hydration boost with electrolytes and… amino acids. We’ll touch on how amino acids can actually impact your hydration status in a moment. But, first:
Electrolytes, the other half of healthy hydration
Not only do popular electrolyte drinks on the market contain artificial ingredients, they also have low amounts of electrolytes and miss the mark on the optimal ratio.
LivPür Hydrate provides you the highest-quality, bioavailable electrolytes in an ideal ratio of 270 mg sodium, 50 mg potassium, and 80 mg magnesium.
Dextrose — Do you need sugar for hydration?
LivPür’s formula enables the body to absorb fluids up to 2-3 times faster than plain water. This is accomplished by sodium-glucose co-transport protein.
This system draws molecules of glucose and sodium into the bloodstream in which water follows behind.
So, when you drink water mixed with LivPür Hydrate, which contains dextrose, the most absorbable form of sugar that also naturally occurs in our bodies, not only does water flow freely as it normally would, but it is also being pulled by these molecules into the bloodstream.
In simpler terms? The combination of sugar and sodium more quickly transports water to the blood.
This creates a quicker, more efficient hydration replenishment.
Amino acids and their surprising connection to hydration
You’ve probably heard of the sodium-glucose connection for hydration before, but less people know about the relationship between sodium and amino acids.
You see, just like sugar and sodium work together to help transport water, amino acids — and even phosphorus, potassium, and choline support the absorption of sodium.
Sodium, a key electrolyte, helps your body hold onto water and is therefore needed for proper water retention and hydration.
Amino acids have so many other powerful health benefits, it was almost impossible for our team to even consider leaving them out of our Hydrate formula.
LivPür Hydrate includes approximately five grams of BCAAs to support muscle growth, fat loss, athletic performance, and reduce fatigue post-exercise.
The BCAAs are a group of essential amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine.
These three amino acids play an important role in muscle growth by stimulating protein synthesis and preventing protein catabolism.
BCAAs are the building block of protein, which means drinking LivPür Hydrate will replenish that protein lost in strenuous exercise, combat fatigue, and promote energy so you can push yourself longer and harder while supporting lean muscle growth.
Learn more about LivPür Hydrate here.
“Hydration is not just about drinking water, it’s about replenishing your cells with essential nutrients.”
Try LivPür Hydrate: