I drink soooo much water, how can I be dehydrated?


As a holistic practitioner, I regularly see clients who say that they drink copious amounts of water, yet their blood work shows that they may be dehydrated.

What are some of the signs of dehydration? You might think that ‘thirst’ is one of the main signals of dehydration, and in some people, it is. However, there are other signals that you may be missing.

Bloating or abdominal discomfort after drinking water is often a sign that one is dehydrated. I hear from people all the time that they do not drink water because it makes them feel full. While it is true that water does help dull an appetite, it should not make you feel uncomfortable or bloated.

Water does not taste good. I frequently hear people say this. I, myself do not like the taste of most waters. However, I put a bit of peppermint or lemon essential oil in it, and it tastes wonderful. I also often put concentrated cranberry concentrate in my water. It helps me consume the recommended dosage, (one-half my body weight in ounces).

Food cravings: caffeine, sugar, chocolate, all point to possible dehydration.

Lack of energy: The energy of the body is formed via an electrical current between water and minerals inside the cells. When there is not enough water, no current can be generated, hence fatigue sets in.

Pain: Rheumatoid Arthritis, angina, dyspepsia, low back pain, Fibromyalgia, neuralgia, migraine, and hangover headaches are often the result of dehydration.

Adequate water intake is necessary in order to cleanse the cells from toxic material. If we do not have enough water, then we will not be able to do the necessary inter-cellular housekeeping to keep our bodies functioning in a healthy way.

So how is it that we drink water but remain dehydrated? As we age, the cell-wall gradient of our cells becomes impervious to the absorption of water. So while we do drink adequate amounts, we do not retain or absorb enough to be healthy. When this is the case, we must take steps to reverse this process.

For further information, please read Your Body’s Many Cries for Water by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj

Until next time,

Dr. Polly

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About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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2 Responses to I drink soooo much water, how can I be dehydrated?

  1. Proper water consumption is definitely misunderstood. I picked up on several things I wasn’t aware of from your article.

  2. Linda Hill says:

    Very informative article! Polly, I remember when your children were young, you would place a slice of apple or orange in their water. Thank you for the tips.

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