You may weaken your adrenal glands and dehydrate your body if you experience high levels of stress on a regular basis.Dehydration can be a sign of adrenal fatigue.

Just drinking more water is not the answer for keeping your body well-hydrated.

Lesley Una Pierce, Director of The Nutritional Healing Foundation and her book,‘The Life-Saver’s Guide to Water – The Elixir of Life’ says, “In a nutshell, STRESS is the most dehydrating thing of all. Our cells will be stressed because they are not getting enough water. It is said that we can create more toxicity from our thoughts and bottled up emotions than we ever could from our food.”


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 Your cells can be stressed because they are not getting enough water. However, being in a state of perpetual overstress, or having constant episodes of distress causes your body to display the following:

  • Your breathing becomes shallower and faster in your upper chest. This means losing water through vapour.
  • You can have an increased urge to go to the toilet, either to pass water or to open your bowels. This causes the loss of water and makes you lighter. This is an inbuilt genetic response to support us if were being chased by a man-eating predator, we would be able to run faster and stay alive.
  • Perspiring more is another physiological response. Once again, more water loss.
  • Your blood supply to your frontal cortex in your brain is restricted, causing you to simply react, rather than think.
  • We begin losing water from other areas of the body as well as there are many more processes going on in our bodies to support us in times of stress.

If you experience high stress levels on a regular basis, you will weaken your adrenal glands and dehydrate your body. Even if you drink a lot of water, you may not be getting the hydration your body needs.

Some common symptoms of adrenal fatigue…

  • Feeling dehydrated and thirsty and requiring plenty of water
  • Difficulty falling asleep at night, sleeping lightly or wake early or often
  • Difficulty in relaxing
  • Being nervous, anxious or hyperactive
  • General exhaustion, feeling ‘burnt out’
  • Cravings for sugar
  • Cravings for salty foods

Tips in hydrating your body and nourishing your adrenal glands…

  • Drink 8 glasses or 2 liters of water per day
  • Sipping water slowly throughout the day serves your body better
  • Replace lost fluids after exercise with plenty of water
  • Drink alkaline water as your preference. ‘Fiji’ is the only bottled water that is alkaline
  • Install a water filter with the addition of an alkaline filter
  • Add lime or lemon juice to your water, especially your first glass each morning
  • Avoid diuretics such as coffee, strong tea, soft drinks and alcohol
  • Drink before you feel thirsty
  • Drink a large glass of water just before going to sleep at night
  • Plan on 8 hours of sleep each night

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