As an Arizona resident, you know how hot the summers really are. The heat doesn’t just affect your air conditioning bill, but your body. Suffice to say, staying hydrated is important because it fuels your body. The body can experience several different dehydration symptoms and side effects, some more severe than others.
We consulted with resident Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Colonics Expert Dawn Nasta about staying hydrated and maintaining a strong, sexy body this summer. Dawn answered our questions about the dangers of dehydration and what you can do to rehydrate at the American Center for Biological Medicine (ACBM).
How can dehydration during the summer in AZ affect your body?
Dawn says that dehydration is a situation that adversely affects your body as a whole. Your vital organs contain a large quantity of water between 65-85% depending on the organ.
Dehydration can thicken your blood making it harder for your heart to do its necessary functions.
- Dehydration can also impair the filtering ability of detoxifying organs.
- Once your body taps into the reservoir of the body, the colon, to try to aid in dehydration, constipation and all its discomforts take place.
- Dehydration can also lead to electrolyte and mineral imbalance and the microbiota being disrupted, which is largely responsible for your immunity and overall health.
What are some signs of dehydration?
Mild signs of dehydration include:
- Dry skin
- Urine that’s more yellowish than normal
- Being tired and sleepy
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
More serious signs of dehydration include:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
What treatments for dehydration does the ACBM offer?
Dawn recommends the following three treatments offered at the ACBM:
- Colon hydrotherapy, which always includes a post treatment electrolyte drink. Colon hydrotherapy hydrates from the inside out and the electrolyte drink will replenish your minerals.
- IV Therapy will hydrate you and provide your body with vitamins and minerals simultaneously.
- Ozone IV Therapy can also help change the viscosity of your blood back to a healthy state after it becomes thickened due to dehydration.
What are some other natural treatments you recommend to stay hydrated?
Drink fluid that includes electrolytes or minerals. Dawn says, “We have multiple options available for purchase at the ACBM.” You can also add a small amount of Himalayan sea salt to keep the water “alive” and help absorption and balance sodium levels. Minimize caffeine and alcohol as they cause increased dehydration. Avoid distilled water as it will deplete your electrolytes.
Dawn adds, “Do not eliminate salt. Sodium is necessary for absorption of fluid. If moderating sodium for health concerns, be sure not to eliminate it entirely as it is necessary for the body to function. If under the care of a physician, discuss this with them before making any changes.”
How much water should we consume during the summer in AZ?
The recommended amount of water intake is half of your body’s weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 lbs, you should consume 75 ounces of water. For any caffeinated beverage, you should include an additional equal amount of water. If you weigh 150 lbs and consume 16 ounces of coffee and 16 ounces of soda, you would want to consume 107 ounces of water.
It is also helpful to include minerals or electrolytes in water as well. While exercising or sweating excessively, you should include minerals or electrolytes in your water since they are potentially being diluted two ways: sweat and water intake.
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About Dawn Nasta
Dawn Nasta is a professional certified colon hydrotherapist who is honored to be a part of The American Center for Biological Medicine. She has been practicing colon hydrotherapy for over 12 years. Her experience is diverse and includes working with patients overcoming heart conditions, autoimmune illnesses, extreme toxin exposure, substance abuse, hormonal imbalances, inflammation, skin disorders, weight loss, fitness enthusiasts, as well as professional athletes. She has been a clinical supervisor for a colon hydrotherapy certification program helping other therapists begin their career. She has also consulted with several physicians and medical clinics, trained their therapists, and helped them integrate colon hydrotherapy into their practices successfully.