Water & Electrolytes
There's more to keeping the body hydrated than just water. Another key player is electrolyte balance. In particular, potassium and sodium play a role in balancing the hydration of the body.
Many people know that excess sodium can lead to water retention. This is because sodium holds water in the body. But at the same time, too little sodium means that the body cannot hold onto water. Instead, it just passes straight through to the kidneys.
For optimal electrolyte balance, it's best to balance your sodium intake by:
- Eliminating as many sources of processed sodium as possible. This means processed foods, takeaway foods and very salty foods like soy sauce.
- Including sodium in a more natural form, such as sea salt. Many people who eat only whole-foods can become deficient in sodium. Minimally processed salts such as sea salt have a balance of minerals.
How Much Is Enough?
Many people want to know the 'magic number' for hydration. Unfortunately, it really depends on the person. Your age, weight, activity level and diet all affect how much water you should be consuming.