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Having trouble keeping hydrated. Please help!

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Created February 08, 2012 at 10:27 PM

I'm having trouble keeping hydrated. I'm in my second week of paleo, and no matter how much water I drink I'm still feeling dehydrated. I practice Bikram Yoga often, and have had this problem in the past. Prior to paleo I would add a splash of juice in my water and a pinch of salt and it would help with my water absorption issues. Any ideas on what to do that's paleo approved?

Thanks!

Alexis

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on October 02, 2012
at 12:24 AM

She asked for Paleo-approved remedies.

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on February 09, 2012
at 08:40 AM

you can also get an electrolyte imbalance from drinking too much water. & you may end up with a sort of 'Hypotonic dehydration' where you have a deficiency in one or more electrolytes, sodium in particular. You need to replace your electrolytes, not just water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehydration

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:44 AM

& don't forget you can get dehydration from drinking Too Much water as well; primarily via a loss of electrolytes, sodium in particular. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehydration

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on February 09, 2012
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& don't forget you can get dehydration from drinking Too Much water as well; primarily via a loss of electrolytes, sodium in particular. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehydration

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:17 AM

What feelings indicate to you that you're dehydrated? If you like poo but aren't thirsty, I don't think we can pin dehydration for sure.

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:16 AM

+1 on the salt. A low salt intake means your body will drop water to maintain adequate sodium levels in the blood.

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on February 08, 2012
at 11:49 PM

A "splash of juice in my water and a pinch of salt" sounds like a great plan, I approve. Salted bone broth would be good too. Maybe have some soup with dinner tonight? I would just suggest a mineral rich raw salt instead of the ol' processed conventional iodized salt.

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on February 08, 2012
at 11:41 PM

How much water do you drink in a typical day?

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on February 08, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Squeezing a wedge of lime or lemon into your water isn't a no-no to my knowledge. Nor would I lose sleep about squeezing an orange wedge; I'd just eat the pulp of the orange and plan a little less fruit later.

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on February 09, 2012
at 12:55 AM

I have a lot of trouble with hydration. A few things: 1) carbonated water is good. 2) Consider starting your day with a vegetable juice? 3) Make sure you're not just eating protein. Eat a ton of vegetables too-they have not only the water content, but also some of the other minerals that you need to help you hold the water. 4) Make sure you're getting enough potassium. 5) Are you eating extra salty food? If so, consider adjusting your saltiness.

My excessive thirst did pass after about 3 weeks, hope the same is true for you.

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:16 AM

+1 on the salt. A low salt intake means your body will drop water to maintain adequate sodium levels in the blood.

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on February 09, 2012
at 03:26 AM

You could go back to doing the salt thing. Rob Wolf suggested it on his latest podcast. I know some people aren't down with salt but I've had great success with a version of paleo that includes some salt and so have lots of other people so maybe it's okay for you too?

http://www.robbwolf.com/2012/02/07/lifting-meet-nutrition-water-intake-salt-supplement-dosing-genetic-vs-nutritional-mono-brain-tumor-paleo-solution-episode-118/

Good luck :)

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on October 02, 2012
at 12:19 AM

Try mixing half pedialyte and half gatoraide, drink it every day and have water to. Do this till you hold the water. You have peed out to much salt.

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:16 AM

Two thoughts.

1) Iodine affects the body's ability to absorb water, so if you're deficient it seems to me that it may cause you to think that you're thirsty all the time. It's not that you're not drinking enough water, it's just that your body can't properly absorb it.

2) You might want to consider a different form of yoga. Being in a stupidly hot room for an hour and a half pouring sweat is not going to help your hydration issues imo. Yoga is meant to be a primarily spiritual activity, and bikram to me is sort of a western attempt at turning that into exercise, which is not it's purpose and may not be healthy. Obviously this is a personal choice and I don't mean to criticize, but if it's contributing to making you feel poorly, you might want to explore some other options.

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on February 09, 2012
at 01:11 AM

You going zero/low carb paleo? IMO, the carbs help you retain the water, so zero/low carbs causes you to pee it out and make you feel like you're not getting enough.

On my side, got a sodastream and now I drink too much water. :)

I've also played around with the Mio drink flavorings. Zero calories, uses acesulfame potassium and sucralose, but you control the amount used. I like the fruit punch in the carbonated drink (supposed to be a squirt per 8 oz or so, but I use one squirt/liter and it tastes fine).

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on February 09, 2012
at 02:41 AM

& don't forget you can get dehydration from drinking Too Much water as well; primarily via a loss of electrolytes, sodium in particular. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehydration

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on October 02, 2012
at 12:18 AM

Try mixing half pedialyte and half gatoraide, drink it every day and have water to. Do this till you hold the water. You have peed out to much salt.

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on October 02, 2012
at 12:24 AM

She asked for Paleo-approved remedies.

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