Why Cellular Hydration is A Game Changer
When you think of getting proper hydration, the first thing you probably think of is adequate water intake, right? Most of us do. For years, experts have told us to make sure that we drink at least 8 glasses a day. However, there’s a lot more to healthy hydration than just good ol’ H2O. Don’t get me wrong, water is essential to hydration, but in order to make sure that the water you are drinking is being used efficiently, we need to take a look at cellular hydration. Do not be put off by its technical term; I promise that we aren’t going to get too sciency, but it’s critical to at least understand why it is essential to hydrate at a cellular level. Your body will thank you–especially if you are one of those people who drink a ton of water but still feel dehydrated.
Today, we are going further into hydration than we ever have before. We’re discussing things you know and introducing some new ideas that you may or may not know about. For example, did you know that fiber intake and EMF exposure also play significant roles in hydration? Yep, electromagnetic frequency plays a role in how your body processes water. Mind Blowing, right? Let’s get into it…
How Water Travels Through The Body
Before we go any further, let’s take a quick step back to understand how water is circulated through our system. When you take a sip of water, the liquid travels to your intestines and eventually transfers from the intestinal lining into your cells through the bloodstream.
More than half of the total water in our body is in our lymphatic system and cells, yet, there are still a ton of people who struggle to stay hydrated, despite drinking plenty of water…but why? The answer depends on whether or not your cells have the ability to absorb water.
As we get older, it becomes more difficult for our bodies to move water to the inside of our cells. This can lead to an increase in oxidative compounds that can cause inflammation.
What is Cellular Hydration?
There is no question that water is the most essential nutrient in the body. We’ve emphasized this in the past, but a person can only survive a few days without water. Cells, in particular, need enough H2O to function fully and optimally–specifically the hydrogen molecules.
So what is cellular hydration, and why isn’t it talked about more? There’s a lot that goes into it, so we are going to break down how each item relates to and how you can improve hydration through electrolytes, fiber and by reducing EMF exposure.
The difference between hydration and cellular hydration requires us to go back to basics for a second. Hydration is the process of when something absorbs water (i.e. replenishing the water in our bodies through drinking liquids like water, electrolyte powders, or eating high-water content foods).
Cellular hydration, on the other hand, occurs when electrolytes and fluids move through the cell lining and blood vessels to interstitial and intracellular regions throughout the body. This set of cellular functions relies on how well our cells send electrical charges across the membranes of each cell. Now let’s take a look at how we can improve hydration at a cellular level.
Improving Hydration Through Electrolytes
As we mentioned, water on its own does not keep cells hydrated due to intracellular water hydrolysis, the process of water breaking down into hydrogen and oxygen at an optimal ratio. So if the electrical charge isn’t high enough to pull in the water, your cells aren’t being hydrated.
Since water on its own does not conduct electricity, one way to increase the electrical charge is by adding electrolytes to your water. Ahh, so is that why “electrolytes” and “electric” sound so similar? YES!
And if we know a thing or two about anything, it’s about electrolytes. As you may know, the most important electrolytes are sodium, chloride, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium (by the way, all of our products contain these).
Fiber For Cellular Hydration
Most people don’t realize that fiber actually plays a massive role in hydration as well because it helps your body absorb water at a much higher level. Additionally, it is great for gut health and helps the body to rehydrate much faster.
Here is a little glimpse of the process so you can understand how fiber and water go hand in hand. As we mentioned, fiber helps to absorb water and this helps to make your stools bulkier and easier to eliminate. After it passes through the small intestine, the remaining material goes to the large intestine (your colon) and pulls water from your stools in order to conserve it for the body. So if you’ve ever had plumbing issues (constipation), it’s likely that you are dehydrated.
It is recommended that we consume between 25-30g of fiber daily. Here are some great sources of fiber to incorporate into your diet:
- Whole grains
Reducing EMF For Hydration
One of the most surprising things that you will likely take from this article is knowing that EMF (or electromagnetic frequency) can actually impact hydration at a cellular level. So how is this possible? Well, the electromagnetic fields from cell phones, BlueTooth, wifi, and radio towers all interfere with your cells and their natural electrical currents. They essentially cause the water to become unstructured because of the “stress” that happens when it comes into contact with EMFs (low or high frequency).
Considering our bodies are mostly made up of water, it’s critical that we are aware of how electronic devices have an impact on our cells’ ability to absorb water. When it comes to reducing EMF exposure, the easiest way to do it is by unplugging as much as you can. This will help your cells resonate at a frequency that supports hydration.
Understanding how cellular hydration works can seriously change your hydration game and how you feel overall. So if you are one of those people who feels dehydrated–despite your 8 glasses of water– try tackling hydration from within by addressing some of the things we talked about today.At Ultima Replenisher, we may not have a way to help you reduce EMF exposure, but we can help you stay hydrated through our electrolyte powder mixes. If you are looking for the best and most delicious sugar-free electrolyte products, browse and shop hydration now.