Are You Fully Hydrated?

I would like to talk to you today about Hydration.

If you are feeling sluggish and tired, if your mental focus is not as good as you like, if your metabolism has slowed down and you have trouble losing weight, if your energy level has dropped… Your hydration might be a big part of the problem.


In the office, I test my clients for hydration every day and I find that most people have hydration between 30 and 44%. That is really alarming, because hydration is really a key to health. Women, as adults, should be at 50%-60% water and men a little higher than that (it has to do with the difference in muscle between men and women).

Let me explain 3 aspects to improving hydration.

1. Increase the amount of water you drink.

However, if when you drink more, it goes right though you, you are NOT being hydrated (see #3, below)

2. Improve the quality of the water you drink.

Your tap water might or might not be a good source of hydration. There can be health issues with chemicals your town or city adds in, such as chlorine or fluoride. If you have a well, your water might have pollutants from the surounding environment. Bottled water is really variable – very few are consistently good no matter the brand.

3. Improve your absorption of water.

Just as we can become resistant to different hormones, like insulin, we can actually become resistant to absorbing water. In fact, that is often closely correlated with insulin resistance.

One last note: it is very important to hydrate in the evening and again in the morning, for your cardio-vascular health. I know some people don’t like to drink at night because they get up to urinate. That is usually NOT a urinary tract issue! Rather, that is usually a sleep issue. If you are sleeping soundly, you will wake up in the morning with a full bladder. That is what is normal, and healthy.

If you need help with any of these issues, please contact me. Go on line and schedule an appointment to see me. I’ll be glad to help you. In the meantime, drink up, let me know how it goes.


Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Day


Fran Sussman

Sussman Holistic Services




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