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EarthWater Blog: Why it's SO Important to Stay Hydrated

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.

Path to improved wellness

You should drink water every day. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. That is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than 8 glasses may be enough. Other people may need more than 8 glasses each day. If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is usually colorless or light yellow, you are well hydrated. If your urine is a dark yellow or amber color, you may be dehydrated.

Water is best for staying hydrated. Other drinks and foods can help you stay hydrated. However, some may add extra calories from sugar to your diet. Fruit and vegetable juices, milk, and herbal teas add to the amount of water you get each day. Even caffeinated drinks (for example, coffee, tea, and soda) can contribute to your daily water intake. A moderate amount of caffeine (200 to 300 milligrams) is not harmful for most people. This is about the amount in 2 to 4, 8-ounce cups of coffee. However, it’s best to limit caffeinated drinks. Caffeine may cause some people to urinate more frequently, or feel anxious or jittery.

Water can also be found in fruits and vegetables (for example, watermelon, tomatoes, and lettuce), and in soup broths.

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If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips that can help:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. To reduce your costs, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it with tap water.

  • If you don’t like the taste of plain water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.
  • Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight-loss plan. Some research suggests that drinking water can help you feel full.
  • If you have trouble remembering to drink water, drink on a schedule. For example, drink water when you wake up, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and when you go to bed. Or, drink a small glass of water at the beginning of each hour.
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. It will keep you hydrated, and it’s free.

Things to consider

Recognizing signs of dehydration is important. They include:

  • Little or no urine.
  • Urine that is darker than usual.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Sleepiness or fatigue.
  • Extreme thirst.
  • Headache.
  • Confusion.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • No tears when crying.

Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

Some people are at higher risk of dehydration, including people who exercise at a high intensity (or in hot weather) for too long, have certain medical conditions (kidney stones, bladder infection), are sick (fever, vomiting, diarrhea), are pregnant or breastfeeding, are trying to lose weight, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration. It doesn’t send signals for thirst.

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • I don’t like water. What’s the next best thing to keep me hydrated?
  • What if I can’t consume as many fluids as doctors recommend?
  • What does it mean if I drink a lot of fluids but don’t urinate often?
  • How does drinking alcohol affect hydration?

North American summers are hot; most summers see heat waves in one or more parts of the United States. Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and even more heat-related illnesses.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Water & Nutrition

U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dehydration

EarthWater Research - The Unexplored Health Benefits of Fulvic Acid

You may not have heard much about fulvic acid in the mainstream media, but to put it very simply… life as we know it would not exist without it!

It is directly relevant for a healthy body because it makes nutrients in the foods we consume (such as vitamins and minerals and other herbal supplements) more readily available for use by our body’s cells.

Fulvic acid is critical for nutrient absorption because it is highly “bioavailable.” In other words, it is easily absorbed into our blood when we consume it. And while being absorbed itself, it also improves the absorption of various nutrients via our digestive system.

In fact, mineral absorption without prior chelation (a type of bonding of ions and molecules to metal ions) by fulvic acid is only about 10% effective. Fulvic acid also allows minerals to regenerate and interact with one another, enhancing their availability.

Finally, because of its very low molecular weight, fulvic acid is able to pass easily through the protective membranes into our body’s cells. While doing so, it brings in nutrients, minerals, and vitamins in the right quantities, while keeping others out. In fact, it is able to transport over 60 times its own weight in vitamins and minerals into cells!

In other words, fulvic acid increases the overall retention, absorption, and efficient utilization of nutrients present in both foods and supplements, improving the overall health and functioning of our body.

The Healing Potential of Fulvic Acid

Along with enhancing nutrient transport, fulvic acid’s fantastic healing potential is also related to its ability to:

  • Dissolve and remove accumulated toxic pollutants from the body
  • Act as powerful antioxidants, inactivating harmful free radicals
  • Increase the body’s overall “redox potential”
  • Enhance enzyme activity, including alkaline phosphatases (help to break down proteins), transaminases (needed to make proteins), and invertase (breaks down sugar into glucose and fructose)

For all these reasons, an increasing number of health experts are beginning to advocate that everyone take a fulvic acid supplement regularly – both to overcome any nutrient deficiencies they may have, and to better maintain their health and wellbeing.

What is Fulvic Acid?

Fulvic acid is extracted from humus – a thick, dark brown or black organic material that forms in the soil, sediment, or aquatic environments when plant and animal matter decays into its most basic chemical elements. Humus makes soil more fertile and also allows air and water to move easily through soil, allowing oxygen to reach the roots of plants.

Along with fulvic acid, humic acid is the other major component of humus. In fact, fulvic acid is actually a type of lightweight humic acid. Of the two, fulvic acid is used for its many nutritional benefits, while non-fulvic humic acid is better known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Many of the chemicals that are naturally present in fulvic acid are important (even critical) nutrients for plants, bacteria, and other organisms that live in soil. Soil containing humus and fulvic acid is better able to retain moisture. They also improve soil structure and enable plants to easily take up and use the vital nutrients they need.

Fulvic Acid, the Super Antioxidant

In combination with active carbon and high molecular oxygen, fulvic acid is one of the most powerful antioxidants around. When it encounters free radicals, it supplies an equal and opposite charge to neutralize them, acting as a health-protective antioxidant.

By being an electron donor as well an electron acceptor, based on the cell’s requirements, fulvic acid protects our body’s cells and their internal structures from harmful oxidation by environmental toxins and pollutants – and is therefore a crucial factor in the prevention, even reversal of infections and diseases.

Fulvic Acid Improves Efficiency of Metal Transport

The carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen molecules in fulvic acid carry an enormous amount of energy, enhancing virtually everything they are bonded to.

Fulvic acid forms strong complexes with many metals – including “ferric” iron, aluminum, and copper – thereby increasing their ability to dissolve in water. These metallic minerals dissolve and disappear into the fulvic structure, becoming biochemically reactive and much more mobile.

In other words, fulvic acid is nature’s way of “chelating” metallic minerals, turning them into readily absorbable, bio-available forms. Fulvic acid also allows heavy metals to move through the body much more efficiently.

In nature, fulvic acid makes minerals and metals more easily absorbable through plant root cell walls. Minerals (such as iron) that are not usually very mobile are easily transported through plant structures thanks to fulvic acid.

Fulvic acid also dissolves and transports vitamins, coenzymes, hormones, and antibiotics that are found naturally in the soil. While plants make many of their own vitamins, they are further supplemented by those in the soil they grow in, thanks to fulvic acid.

Fulvic Acid Balances the Body’s Electric Potential

Along with all its other beneficial properties, fulvic acid is a powerful electrolyte that dissolves in water and other liquids and is able to conduct electric currents, helping to keep the electrical potential of our body’s cells balanced.

As an electrolyte it maintains the health of the body’s cells by allowing the free flow of electrons and other ions and increasing cell membrane permeability – which also helps to absorb nutrients faster and keeps them in the body longer.

The body’s overall electric potential can be negatively affected by fluid loss, emotional and physical stress, lack of sleep, a sedentary lifestyle, and poor nutrition. Improving the electrolytic balance in our body’s cells helps them to protect themselves against infections and diseases. In this way, the electrolytic properties of fulvic acid help to protect our health.

Fulvic Acid is a Powerful Detoxing Agent

Fulvic acid is vital for binding to pollutants such as pesticides and herbicides and catalyzing their breakdown and dispersal. For instance, the toxic herbicide known as “Paraquat” is rapidly detoxified by fulvic acid.

Promisingly, most radioactive substances seem to react rapidly with fulvic acid, to form inactive complexes that can then be excreted from the body.

Health Benefits of Fulvic acid Supplementation

The many health benefits of fulvic acid supplementation include:

  • Maintenance of appropriate nutrient levels in the body’s cells
  • Improving memory, focus, and analysis
  • Removal of harmful toxins and free radicals from the body
  • Neutralizing radiation and eliminating or reducing its harmful effects on the body
  • Enabling faster and more efficient absorption of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals into the body
  • Boosting and helping to rebuild the immune system; warding off infections and illnesses
  • Increasing energy and metabolism and leading to greater activity levels, weight loss, and an overall sense of good health and wellbeing
  • Enabling more restful sleep
  • Reducing stress levels
  • Lowering levels of arthritis-related pain and inflammation
  • Improving circulation and lowering blood pressure (BP)
  • Enabling better hormone and electrolytic balances
  • Maintaining healthy hair, skin, and nails

Why Take a Fulvic Acid Supplement?

It’s a sad fact that most of today’s mass-produced fruits and vegetables don’t contain enough fulvic acid to ensure complete absorption of the many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients they contain. Not only that, they already contain very low levels of these nutrients, because the soils they are grown in have become depleted thanks to over-farming and careless soil management practices.

For these reasons, an increasing number of health experts recommend taking supplements containing fulvic acid as a regular nutritional aid, with or before meals. Since fulvic acid is a naturally occurring acidic complex, these supplements should have an acidic pH. In more alkaline solutions they will be rendered inactive and unable to provide their health benefits.

Fulvic acid is an organic product and known to be completely non-toxic. However, it should be remembered that reports of their effectiveness are anecdotal at this time.

Therefore, always be sure to consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before taking fulvic acid supplements to ensure that they don’t interfere with any other ongoing treatments or medications.

Finally, remember that no supplement can substitute for a balanced, nutritious diet, proper exercise, and healthy lifestyle choices. On the other hand, taking a fulvic acid supplement regularly will perfectly complement your healthy life choices – aiding in overall health, wellbeing, and protection from disease.

Source

EarthWater QA: Corey LaJoie

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What's a typical day for you like? 

I wake up, go workout at the boxing gym or go mountain biking, something to get the heart rate up. Then I go to my dad’s shop to help him build seats or work on any new projects he has, or I’ll go to BK Racing and spend some time with my No. 83 team.

How do you train for races? 

I do a lot of cardio and a lot of punching bag exercises. Nutrition is also a big deal to me.

If you could do any race over again, which would it be, and why? 

There are several I’d like to do over, but I can’t, so I try not to think too much about that. I just focus on not making the same mistakes again.

If your friends and family could describe you in three words what would those words be? 

Competitive, Leader, Passionate

What is the most daring thing you've done outside of racing? 

Nothing particularly daring yet, other than going 200+ mph in a racecar, but sky diving is on my bucket list.

If NASCAR decided to let you have a passenger, and you got to choose whomever, who would you pick? 

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I would invite Jesus, so he could take the wheel!

What was your experience with our products? Would you recommend it to others? 

I’m a water critic, and I’m very particular about what I drink. I love the FulHum water because of all of the nutrients that it helps replenish when I’m sweating in the racecar. I’d definitely recommend it to any of my fellow racecar drivers.

Any last words for our readers? 

“I hate to lose more than I love to win.” -  Jimmy Connors