How to Treat Dehydration
Hi, my name is Dr. Troy Giles. I’m a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Natural Internist. Today I wanted to talk to you about dehydration. We’re heading down to the summer months. Today’s June 10th and we’re already to a 100 degrees here in Salt Lake City. So that’s pretty hot. A lot of us are dehydrated, all of the time. I’ll notice when I get dehydrated, I’m busy, and I’m out in the yard or whatever and I’ll drink probably three quarts of water and still not urinating much. That means I was dehydrated. My overall body content of fluid was down significantly that I had to fill that well up before I literally could make urine. That’s very, very common, that people dehydrate, especially in the summer when it’s hot. Here in Utah, we are the second driest state in the nation, only second to Nevada, so I would think that Arizona was dryer than us, but actually we are dryer than Arizona. So the thing you want to look at, as far as dehydration, is making sure that you drink half of your body weight in ounces of water. So if I weigh 100 pounds, then I should drink 50 ounces a day of water. But that water should also, you should consider drinking a mineral or having minerals with that amount of water. It’s important to have that amount of water so you can flush, filter, cleanse your body inside. But many times when you are drinking that amount you also drop and dump your minerals as well. So good minerals are found in our green leafy vegetables. A good supplement as well, the one that we carry here is called Min-Comp, which is all the minerals from the Great Salt Lake. Also re-hydration drinks, one we sell here is called Pro Light, again minerals from the Great Salt Lake, been filtered, cleansed and put into a nice drink for us for rehydration with electrolytes and a bit of natural sugars. So that’s another good way there. But minerals are very important as far as the electrolyte balance. Electrolytes means mineral balance. In order for you to have the appropriate amount of water in your body, you have to have the appropriate amount of minerals. That kind of creates a, it’s called an osmotic gradient, or water will attract to the areas that are thicker, if you will, in solution. So minerals help to make it so that we have that appropriate draw and holding on of the water inside our body. But as it gets hotter, it’s really especially important back in the mid west and where it’s more heavy, humid, where it’s very humid, and very hot, people will die all the time of heat stroke. Heat stroke, literally, is a loss of minerals that then flow, the water flows to where the minerals are. So again in the summer months keep yourself well mineralized, well electrolytes, our minerals, and enough water. And if you do get heat stroke, you know, if you’re out working in the yard, or just outside quite a bit, make sure you’re getting more minerals in your system and make sure you’re drinking enough water. Cool your body down, of course, you know lay under a tree, or get yourself in the shade, water, water on your body so you can start to evaporate and cool yourself down there as well. But especially in the summer months, but literally all the time half your body weight in ounces of water. As you sweat a lot more of course, more will be needed there as well. So think of the minerals, not only water, but minerals as well. I hope that’s beneficial for you. Until next time, have a great day.