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hydration is important, and there are many ideas and myths out there.  in this episode we discuss:

  • popular myths
  • roles of water
  • signs of dehydration
  • mineralizing water
  • hydration guidelines

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why would you even want to read a post on hydration?  how boring!

well tell us if these things are important to you:

  • feeling good.
  • consistent energy levels.
  • performing well as an athlete.
  • regular bowel movements.
  • less headaches.
  • less joint pain.
  • and that’s just the beginning.

hydration is important and often overlooked.


clean, filtered water is crucial – tap water is crap water. if you don’t believe us, check out our post on sourcing your own water. we recommend reverse osmosis with carbon filtration at a minimum, using in-home filters, or water stores.  bottled water is not optimal because plastic has its own toxins.  quality sparkling waters can be an acceptable compliment to your overall hydration efforts :)


mineralizing our water is important because our body must convert clean water into things that it can use – tears, mucus, saliva, interstitial fluid, digestive juices, and so on.  therefore, we want to give the body water with nutrients.


mineralize your water by adding the following to your clean, filtered water.  the more water, the more of this stuff you can add!  make it pleasant and tasteful!  remember, it’s not about the amount – it’s about “activating” the water and making it something the body can use!


directions for mineralizing water:

  • about 1/4tsp unrefined salt per 20oz.
  • about 5 drops of trace minerals per 20oz.
  • fresh squeeze of lemon and/or lime (optional, for cofactors).
  • Lemon, Lime, and/or Metabolic Blend essential oil(s) (optional).
  • visit for brand recommendations.


roles of water:

  • improves oxygen delivery to cells
  • transports nutrients
  • enables cellular hydration
  • moistens oxygen for easier breathing
  • cushions bones and joints
  • absorbs shocks to joints and organs
  • regulates body temperature
  • removes wastes
  • flushes toxins
  • prevents tissues from sticking
  • lubricates joints
  • improves cell-to-cell communications
  • maintains electrical properties of cells
  • empowers the body’s healing process


early signs of dehydration:

  • fatigue
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • depression
  • cravings
  • cramps
  • headaches


mature signs of dehydration:

  • heartburn
  • joint pain
  • back pain
  • migraines
  • fibromyalgia
  • constipation
  • colitis


hydration guidelines:

  • begin every day with 16oz of water
  • always mineralize your water
  • drinking to thirst is ideal.  if measuring,
    consume approx. 1/2 your bodyweight in oz. per day
Paul C. Tijerina

Paul C. Tijerina | BS MFT CPT NLP | Nutritional Therapist & ATAVIST Life Coach