If you are searching for information regarding proper hydration for adrenal fatigue recovery, chances are you are experiencing symptoms of dehydration and/or electrolyte imbalance.
Since you’re here, let me say, I’m sorry we had to connect this way because you’re probably not feeling very well.
But let me show you some tips I’ve learned that can fix this problem and help you feel better and have more energy!
Common Symptoms Of Dehydration Or Electrolyte Imbalance
|*Salt Cravings||*Feeling unwell after being in a hot tub or sauna|
|*Not able to tolerate too much time in the sun||*Feeling tired or dizzy after a hot shower|
|*Irregular heartbeat||*Low blood pressure|
Other signs of dehydration or mineral imbalance can include:
- Brain fog
- Dry skin
- Urinary tract infections
Dehydration (which can lead to imbalanced electrolytes) is actually a fairly common symptom of adrenal fatigue.
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Normally, our bodies have a self-regulating mechanism that stabilizes electrolyte levels but this can become somewhat dysfunctional when hormones are not in proper balance, as in the case of adrenal fatigue.
If you are experiencing signs of dehydration or electrolyte imbalance there are two important steps to take to help rehydrate and support your body while you are working on healing adrenal fatigue
Hydration For Adrenal Fatigue Recovery
- Get your electrolyte balance tested.
- Drink adrenal cocktails that contain minerals, especially sodium and potassium, along with Vitamin C.
Let’s go a little deeper and explore the link between dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and proper hydration for adrenal fatigue.
The Link Between Adrenal Fatigue And Dehydration
According to Dr. James Wilson, ” Dehydration is the most common cause of electrolyte imbalance, so staying hydrated can often prevent an imbalance”.
The problem is that if you are dealing with adrenal fatigue, and the hormone imbalances that go along with that, staying hydrated can be a challenge.
The reason that many with adrenal fatigue are often mildly dehydrated is most often due to the hormone aldosterone.
If a person has dealt with chronic stress and begins experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue, both cortisol and aldosterone production can become exhausted.
When aldosterone levels are reduced the body is not able to regulate mineral and fluid levels properly, which then causes sodium to be removed from the body and this, in turn, causes water to be removed as well.
Because of this cascade of events, symptoms of dehydration and electrolyte balance begin to occur.
Have you ever noticed yourself feeling stressed and craving salt or reaching for potato chips? It may not just be for comfort, your body may need the extra salt!
How To Rehydrate And Balance Electrolytes
So, we know that the hormone imbalances commonly found in people with adrenal fatigue can lead to dehydration which then leads to electrolyte imbalance, but how do you fix it?
Many times people are advised to just drink more water, but this is actually terrible advice.
Drinking large amounts of plain water can lower mineral levels and cause even more problems for someone that is in an already weakened state.
For overall health and wellness, you definitely need to drink pure, clean water. But to hydrate properly, it is important to incorporate mineral-rich liquids as well.
Adrenal Cocktails To Balance And Replenish
Adrenal cocktails are a great way to add minerals, increase hydration, and keep a healthy sodium-potassium balance.
There are many variations but a good recipe will have ingredients that provide adequate levels and balance of potassium, sodium, and vitamin C.
Adrenal Cocktail Recipes
The orange juice in this recipe helps to provide vitamin C, as well as sodium from salt, and the cream of tartar provides the potassium needed to make a well-rounded recipe.
In this recipe, the molasses is providing the potassium (and is a great source of other minerals as well), the salt adds necessary sodium, and the lemon is a great way to add vitamin C.
*Fun fact: Unsulphured blackstrap molasses is also a great source of iron and has been used for many years to raise levels in people with anemia.
This recipe is delicious if you like coconut and lime, it almost reminds you of summer or tropical drink. The coconut water is great for hydration and provides needed potassium, the salt adds sodium, and the whole food vitamin C powder tops it off to make a tasty, hydrating drink.
Hydrating Adrenal Cocktail Recipes
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Other Great Mineral Rich Options
If you need to have a lower sugar option because of blood sugar problems, a candida issue, or other issues with bacterial overgrowth, these are also good for hydration and adrenal fatigue recovery:
- Bone broth
- Herbal infusions
- Sole water
Hydration Tips For Adrenal Fatigue Recovery
Now you’ve got some information on how to hydrate properly for adrenal fatigue recovery and a few delicious recipes, but let me give you a few tips that can help along the way.
Tips For Optimal Hydration
- Start your day with a little salt in your water
In the morning aldosterone levels tend to be low so adding salt to your water can help start the hydration process.
- Begin slowly
Depending on your level of adrenal fatigue, dehydration, and how you feel in general, you may want to start with 1/8 of a tsp. of salt and work up from there.
- Drink adrenal cocktails around 10 am and 2 pm
This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but many people notice that they feel tired around this time and adding an adrenal cocktail can help.
- Sip slowly
If you drink too fast you can dilute minerals in your body and cause the kidneys to excrete fluid faster.
- Use filtered water
Tap water contains many chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride (which are not healthy nor do they aid in healing your body), and distilled water lacks natural minerals.
The best option is to invest in a handy water filter like this one.
Other Helpful Tips
|* Carry a glass water bottle with you when on the go||* Stay out of the direct sun and try not to get overheated|
|* Use a straw if your mouth is sensitive||* Avoid diuretics like coffee, tea, or certain foods|
|* Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink something||* Avoid electrolyte drinks|
(They have too much sugar
and many do not have the correct sodium-potassium ratio)
Dealing with adrenal fatigue isn’t always easy and, honestly, for some people, it can take quite a bit of work and time to finally get to a healthy place.
But don’t get discouraged!
One step that is easy to implement, and can help you feel a little better very soon, is to work on adding mineral-rich drinks and foods to your diet.
By doing that, you will aid in hydration for adrenal fatigue recovery and take one more step toward maintaining balance and healing your body.
Do you have a favorite adrenal cocktail? I would love it if you shared!
Feel free to leave it in the comments or send me a message!
Hi, I’m Amy
I’m a Licensed Massage Therapist and have a degree in Human Services, but my most important job is being a wife and mom. My goal is to provide others with researched and reliable natural health information just for women so you too can live….
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