While it is probably true that most busy Americans are under-hydrated, over-hydration is surprisingly common, too.
I believe I was over-hydrated for years.
This started with a diet coke habit (before I learned about nutrition) that turned into a sparkling mineral water and hot tea habit. I came to this realization when I read the book Eat for Heat: The Metabolic Approach to Food and Drink by Matt Stone. The book is certainly written in an unconventional and informal way, but it contains many pages of scientific references.
“Eating for Heat” is done in an effort for improving overall health and an increase in your metabolism.
Eat for Heat discusses the fact that consuming too many fluids will dilute the body’s extra-cellular fluid, which accompanies a decline in metabolic rate, plus an increase in aging and hypothyroidism.
In contrast, to improve metabolism, increasing the concentration of the extra-cellular fluid involves increasing the proportion of minerals like sodium and calcium.
Jenny Yelle, MHNE Holistic Wellness Educator
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