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what helps your body to absorb water?

Hey everyone, I worry sometimes that I might be dehydrated because my skin is very dry and I have a friend who has a scale that tell you how hydrated you are, and when I used it it said I was slightly dehydrated. But I drink water all the time, at least as much as the recommended 8 glasses a day but usually more. So I'm just wondering, what can I do to help my body absorb that water? I'm drinking water and going to the bathroom all the time, but I'm still dehydrated? I've heard that fruit can help and have tried to eat more fresh fruits (I was getting a lot of my fruit servings from dried fruit and fruit juice) but is there anything else (supplements, other foods, etc.) you can recommend? Thanks!


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Jul. 13th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
well, i don't know anything about the rest of your question, but don't trust the scales. they are apparently notoriously inaccurate at deducing your actual hydration level. (and even worse and telling you your body fat percentage.)
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
ah thanks for that tip, I had no idea!
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
no problem! i found out myself earlier this month (when my scale informed me that i was obese and over-hydrated, so i felt inclined to seek out a second opinion) and now i'm annoyed at having spent $60 on faulty technology. :P
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
Off topic, but I love your icon. Can I steal it?
Jul. 13th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
yep, I stole it from someone else, and I've seen several people with it but never found out who the original creator was to credit it!
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
Make sure you're getting enough salt? I was having the same problem awhile back until I realized I had almost no salt in my diet.
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
mm, that could be. my blood pressure was at the high end of normal and my doctor recommended I cut salt from my diet, which I did rather agressively. Perhaps I should try to add a bit back in.
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
I suggest having your BP checked by some qualified person before you take my advice! :)
Jul. 13th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
haha thanks :) I've been checking it at Bartell's regularly and it is going down a bit, especially since I've been exercising more. I think I might have actually overdone it on the salt thing by a little bit because I definitely get hardly any at all... I guess I was in that mindset that salt=bad instead of really thinking about the issue of moderation.
Jul. 14th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
...mostly the kind of salt that is used, go for a pure sea salt, it looks more like sand than salt, buy it from your health food shop, or organic section in the stupidmarket...the table salts are toxic and =bad.
I found a pink salt that is really high in minerals and trace elements, it sells like sulfur!
There are also tissue salts...
Jul. 14th, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)
stupidmarket....... hahaha, that's great!
Jul. 14th, 2006 08:22 am (UTC)
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
The old "8 glasses a day" theory has been debunked, as has the one that says "if you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated." Oh, and the one about not counting fluid in caffeinated or food form.

Unless you're extremely active, you're getting plenty. Hydration does effect your skin, but being well hydrated is no guarantee against the flakies.
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
ah okay, good to know :) I generally just drink when I'm thirsty and get about 8 glasses a day just doing that. I rarely force myself to drink when I'm not thirsty and I won't be doing that anymore at all now!
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
The old "8 glasses a day" theory has been debunked, as has the one that says "if you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated." Oh, and the one about not counting fluid in caffeinated or food form.

Do you have any sources for this? I'm just curious, because I've always heard all three of these things, and never heard anything to the contrary.
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
it is true
I can 2nd the OC about this. I've heard this as well, numerous places. NPR, newspaper articals etc. Perhaps if you google it?
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
I knew somebody would ask :)

I don't, it was a collection of studies published in a NYTimes article in Health or Science or something.

I'd always hear the same as well, and was constantly on my husbands case to drink more water. Needless to say he was appropriately smug when I showed him the article!
Jul. 13th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
This article backs up two of those claims. Googling "water intake myths" brings up many relevant articles.
Jul. 16th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
I read in Dr. Dean Edell's book (don't remember the title) that there had never been a study that had proved drinking eight glasses of water a day was beneficial.
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
I agree with what blowtorch_betty (hahaha, nice name!) said.

However, if you find that you are still constantly feeling dehydrated, you may be low on electrolytes.

Don't overdo it though... too much salt is bad for your blood pressure.

The quickest and easiest way to replenish your electrolytes (especially needs to be done if you have recently had a cold where you were vomiting or had diarreha) is to go out and buy a bottle of Pedialyte and drink the entire thing.

However... Pedialyte is not very natural... *g* ... just the extra stuff they add it it and all.
So, the next best thing is to go eat a crap-load of fruit that is high in potassium, and increase your salt-intake for a little while (saltines or something like that... or salt your food). Or... check out your HFS to see if they have Smart Water, or electrolyte-repleinishing sports drinks (however, these aren't as concentrated as Pedialyte, so you'll have to drink more than a litre).

OR... you can make your own :-D

Homemade Electrolyte Solution
* 2 quarts water
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 5 Tablespoons sugar
* 1 cup white grape juice
(or any juice if you aren't actually sick... or, no juice and just add 2 more Tablespoons of sugar)
* 1/2 teaspoon salt substitute (potasium chloride)

And just for a note.... the sign of ideal hydration is that you need to urinate every hour, and it is almost completely clear when you do. If it's very dark then you haven't had enough water.
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
I've always been a fan of Smartwater but thanks for the recipe, this will save me lots of $$!
Jul. 13th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
awesome, great tips! I think I'll try the homemade electrolyte solution :)
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
try some good oils in your diet for the skin issues. fish, flax, e, evening primrose are all helpful that way. Olive oil is heavy but as a topical night treatment it does wonderful things for dry skin.
Jul. 13th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
I was about to say this same exact thing. Try taking Fish Oil capsules if your skin is dry. Be sure it's the mercury free stuff, though. HFS usually carry it. I've found that Barleans is an absolute godsend, especailly the woman's forumla.
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
the only sign I know of for accurately determining if you are dehydrated is the shade of your urine. Almost clear is good. The darker it is,how the more your body wants water. More beyond where you get clear urine is not good. This I got from my EMT teacher.

Gatorade always worked for me when I was doing lots of excercise, or riding in full armoured gear with no shade, like I just did. But that's just me :)

My skin gets dry and itchy a lot, even when I'm not dehydrated. Spreading olive oil over the affected parts works wonders, especially right before a shower.
Jul. 13th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
yeah someone else suggested olive oil but I never considered doing that before a shower--what a good idea! And yeah my urine is pretty clear most of the time, so that's a good sign :)
Jul. 13th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
I definetly agree with the person above me, your urine is the best and easiest way to tell if you're drinking enough water.

Also adding lemon juice to your water will help your body absord the water better. It makes it taste better too :)
Jul. 13th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
I second the lemon juice, it's supposed to make water more absorbable.

I don't agree with the urine color, however. I've always had naturally darker urine, even when drinking the 8- 8oz glasses a day. It depends on your body's make up.. also if you are taking any supplements or medications, it can throw color off. The multivitamins I took before I started taking these prenatals used to make my urine GREEN.
Jul. 13th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
As for knowing when you're dehydrated... when I get dehydrated, my nose turns bright red. Yes, I'm completely serious. It's really weird - I don't know of anyone else whose nose does that.
Jul. 13th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
it is actually possible to drink too much water and end up dehydrated--as the body will purge more water in an effort to avoid becoming over-hydrated. so if you're peeing more than once an hour, you may want to cut back on the water a little. they say the average person should only need to pee around every 2 hours, but that's a little shakey since it depends largely on the size and activity level of a person.

and agreed, adding good oils to your diet will help out your skin better than more water will.
Jul. 13th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
Try taking hyaluronic acid as a supplement. I recommend the Source Naturals brand.
Jul. 14th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
There is a tonic and I cannot remember the name of it off the top of my head but maybe it is called simply "rehydrate". I will find out and get back to you.
Jul. 14th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
Nothing more simple than that: SALT
(and maybe if you drink too much coffee/tea cut it down.
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