Poor gut health can lead to a plethora of problems, from digestive issues, skin problems, hormonal imbalances to everything in between. Modern living and high levels of stress are to blame for this, but what we’re finding out now is that dehydration can play a major role in this as well.
Hydration is absolutely vital for human health. After all, we are all basically just giant cucumbers with emotions, with the adult human body being made up of 60% water.
Hydration and Your Gut Health
Water is used to help the body cleanse and reset, expelling toxins through its natural detoxification process. If the pancreas does not have enough water to do its job, the contents of the stomach will not move along which in turn will slow down the digestive process and cause toxins to cycle back into the body.
This liquid gold also helps to drive lubrication to the colon to make sure everything is flowing smoothly, so when you’re dehydrated you can run into some gut trouble. A dehydrated colon will produce hard stools and become constipated. This can put pressure on the stomach and damage the colon lining.
On top of this, dehydration can weaken the mucosal lining is which will promote an unhealthy gut. Water has the power to balance the good bacteria in the stomach.
So, drinking water does more than just quenching your thirst it helps propel your overall gut health.
How Your Gut Influences Your Thirst
Have you ever wondered how your body actually knows when it’s thirsty? Scientists have been trying to understand how our bodies regulate thirst for more than a century and recently scientists from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) figured it out.
The scientists discovered that by sending messages about the salt content of the stomach and intestines, the body communicates when it is thirsty and when thirst has been quenched.
“We’ve discovered a new way the gut talks to the brain,” says UCSF graduate student Christopher Zimmerman.
Tips for Gutting in Your Water:
- Keep a reusable water bottle present and within your eyeshot. This way you always have it handy and you always have the reminder
- Add fruits, chia seeds, and flavours. This makes your water more fun to drink and also makes it feel like a treat instead of a chore.
- Drink 50 oz right when you wake up and again before lunch. This will not only help to ensure you’re a well-hydrated cucumber, but it will also help kickstart your metabolism and help with any digestive issues you’re having.
- Eat your water. Make sure your diet is rich in water-based veggies as well like cucumbers, tomatoes, and plenty of fruits.
- Use a tracker. There are plenty of apps out there that help to remind you to drink your water. If you’re someone with a fancy wellness watch, add a reminder. Use technology to your wellness advantage.
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References:Thirst Controlled By Signal From The Gut
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