Health and Wellness

Dehydration, it’s not all about the consumption of water

By Clementine Beale | Published the 25th Jun 2020

A lack of minerals in your body could be the real reason you are feeling parched and magnesium oil could be the saving grace.

It might not be our Friday night drink of choice, but it is well documented that drinking enough water has incredible health benefits from stimulating your metabolism, carrying important nutrients around the body, eliminating toxins and making your skin glow.

It is understandable to feel like you are drowning in advice when it comes to how much water you should be drinking. 

The ideal volume varies dependent on your body size, activity level and the weather, so understandably, a touch one to keep up with.

Australia's dietary guidelines are vague when it comes to specifying an exact amount of water, so we thought we would break it down.

How many litres, or is it cups?!

Health experts advise adult men to drink 2.6 litres of water per day and women 2.1 litres per day.

Use this as a guide. This advice is based on the average weight of men and women, so if you're underweight, overweight, exercising, or in a hotter climate this amount will change. Another calculation, half your body weight (in lbs) in ounces of water.

The best way to know if you are drinking enough is to listen to your body. Your body will give some clear signs if you’re not getting enough water each day, these include dry mouth, headache, fatigue and feeling dizzy. Not to mention the colour of your urine – this is a giveaway.

Rest. Recover. Perform.

Recovery and growth of muscles can be improved by drinking an increased volume of water, combined with the use of Salt Lab magnesium oil spray or magnesium bath salts.

Salt Lab’s transdermal Magnesium Spray safely increases magnesium levels in the body, relieves sore muscles, reduces pain related to functional magnesium deficiency, replenishes depleted soft tissues and improves sleep.

Salt Lab Magnesium Bath Salts help regulate a variety of important functions, including protein synthesis, muscle relaxation, nerve function, blood pressure, antioxidant production, and reduces muscle cramps.

Water stimulates fat loss

It is personal trainers’ favourite piece of advice, beyond exercising of course, because drinking more water will help you lose more weight.

Drinking water boosts your metabolism, cleanses your body of waste (toxins), and will assist in deciphering between real hunger and thirst hunger (it’s a thing). Water is required for detoxification of the cells, not alone though. A balance of minerals is needed in the body for everything to operate optimally. So along with water, magnesium comes in high as a non-negotiable.

Don’t just flush and run

Pay attention to your toilet habits, as we touched on earlier the colour of your urine and how frequently you go to the toilet are two of the best guides to indicate your hydration level.

Health experts recommend you go to the toilet every three to four hours, and ideally your urine is clear or very light yellow in colour.

The darker your urine, the more water you need to drink.

If you have started supplementing with magnesium and are experiencing a heightened feeling of dehydration or cramping in areas you haven’t experienced before this could be a sign your body is out of whack with balanced trace minerals, try adding ¼ of a teaspoon of sea salt to every 1litre of water you drink.

The information on this website is not a substitute for medical advice and is for educational purposes only. Please consult your healthcare practitioner before undertaking any health changes. Before applying anything on your body, please do a patch test with it first.