Hydration is not about drinking more water!

Is dehydration connected with brain fog, fatigue, pain or sleep issues?

One of the most interesting facts I find during The Body Code sessions on my clients is they test* “dehydrated” especially if they are experiencing pain, sleep issues, fatigue, irritability or brain fog.

The obvious first question is:

“Are you drinking enough water?”

Most of the time they say no, probably not. But that’s not the interesting fact I am talking about because “dehydration” shows up even if they ARE drinking enough water! Now what?

“Are you taking the right quality of water for your body?”

If they say they are drinking nicely filtered water or spring water or whatever kind that’s good for them, but of course they still test “dehydrated”, then the last question to ask

“Are you able to absorb the water properly?”

And there could be many underlying reasons for this, like some imbalances in certain organs or glands, or trapped emotions and so on.

Most of the time, after correcting the underlying imbalances they can stay hydrated by drinking enough, right quality of water because they can “absorb” water properly. However, I want them to continue stay hydrated for the rest of their lives not just when working with me. So these are the simple tips I give them to stay hydrated that you will find useful:

  1. First Thing in Morning:Big glass of water with a pinch of sea salt right after waking up, even better with some fresh lemon/ lime juice or raw ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
  2. 15-30 minutes Before Every Meal:A glass of water + a pinch of sea salt just few minutes before every meal
  3. In-Between Meals:Add some chia seeds in drinking water to stay hydrated with less water (especially at work) in-between meals. You can also infuse the water with some lemon/lime juice, few pieces of cucumber or fresh mint leaves
  4. Move:Small or micro-movement is necessary throughout the day, especially if you have to sit at desk for long periods of time

These are simple enough to implement even if you have a busy life because these tips will keep you hydrated and you will feel more energized, experience less pain and better quality of sleep, have clear thinking and be more creative!

If you are interested in learning more about hydration, I would highly recommend the book “Quench” written by Dana Cohen, MD and Gina Bria. The book has a 5-Day Quench Plan to give your body a jump start for hydration.


Watch a TedTalk by Gina Bria, a simple solution she found for her elderly mom’s dehydration.


* The Body Code Test: is done via kinesiology or muscle testing where you can ask questions and get answers in yes or no. It can be done in person, or in my case “by proxy” where I can self-test on my client’s behalf to get the answers.

How do you stay hydrated? Share your comments below…

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