Dehydration: A Main Cause of Excess Weight

Are those extra kilos just-not-shedding? Perhaps it is because you are chronically dehydrated.

Although majority of the population is dehydrated but not overweight, if you are overweight, drinking “tap liquid” or using water filters as an excuse to drink dead water ain’t going to help your metabolism burn fat.
You can even increase your metabolic rate 30% by drinking half a litre of water. (1)
The link between overweight and dehydration is partially because we tend to associate hunger and thirst as the same sensation.
In other words, increased hydration = reduced feeding.

But there’s a second part to it…

The first step to reach lipolysis (burning fat) is hydrolysis, which is when water molecules interact with triglycerides (fats) and an enzyme called lipase.

Lipase and water mediate the whole process of breaking down fat.

Plus, drinking more water = less water retention (laksmi/abundance consciousness = no hoarding).

Further more, when this hydrolysis reacts well, you produce fatty acids and glycerol.

The fatty acids can then be broken down directly to get energy, or can be used to make glucose (gluconeogenesis),

BIG TAKEAWAY:

Basically, water is key in the chemical equation of weight loss, and lack of water and dehydration (drinking more  “water” alone doesn’t solve it!) is a primary cause of weight gain.
AND Hydration gives you energy - The osmotic flow of water through cell membranes generates “hydroelectric“ energy, voltage that is converted and stored in the mitochondria in form of ATP and GTP.

So, How to get intra-cellularly hydrated and Loose Weight?

For more, check my posts and podcasts and stay tuned for my upcoming course on Ayurvedic Nutrition where hydration and nutritional water is foundational.


References:

  1. Isabel Friend, Water is Life
  2. Increased Hydration Can Be Associated with Weight Loss

Are You Actually Hungry or Just Dehydrated?

Are you reaching for that organic cocoa, nuts, dried fruit or sweet pastry with slight guilt and intuition knowing that maybe, inaccurate hunger is causing you to delicately drool?

Although delectably comforting, is my snacking habit really what my body is craving?

Well, it could just be that you are dehydrated, and you have mistaken thirst for hunger.

Snacking (even healthy) foods throughout the day can cause metabolic disruptions, which are key causes of many diseases

Now, the question is, why do we associate hunger and thirst as the same sensation? Why is my brain unable to distinguish between hunger and thirst?
For that answer, we got to consider the lamina terminalis, a thin membrane that lives just below the third ventricle of your brain, that is responsible for sensing whether you’re thirsty or quenched.

The truth is... it is very easily tricked.

The human brain evolved to equate drinking to quenching your thirst, but in today's reality that is not so much the case anymore

Throughout history, earthlings had access to one primary source of liquid: water.

So the lamina terminalis in the brain developed a recognition that if you drink liquid, you then must be satisfying your thirst.

That’s why when you drink coffee, processed sports drinks, gatorade, soda, sugar laden juices, energy drinks or a cold beer, you experience a temporary relief from the thirst sensation.
But the reality is, these beverages proactively dehydrate the human body.
These drinks drive water out of their cells because it takes more water for the body to process these beverages, than they give back to the body in liquid

You need to get Properly hydrated.

You need to improve ability to move water from your Gastro Intestinal tract into your cells. This is what we cal Intra-cellular hydration.

I expand on proper hydration in my upcoming Ayurvedic Nutrition Online Course (sign up to our newsletter to be in the loop), but for now here are a couple things you can do:
Drink Spring Water - How can you expect to fully heal any imbalance when you are drinking tap water or filtered water (thanks for removing the poison, but the water is still dead).
In Sydney, contact Annie +61 412 858 585 for 😋 spring water (mention Vital Veda for free delivery).
For spring water in other areas in the world, check out our “Friends of Vital Veda” webpage.

Spring water is the difference between water that just satisfies thirst versus water that actively imparts life.

Collecting natural spring water in plastic containers

Assess the dehydrating factors in your life:

+ many more actions you can take.

This post is inspired by the online course I am doing on the Internal Waters of the body with Jen Isabel Friend. Listen to the popular podcast we did together on the Magic, Mystery and Science of Water.