If someone were to say the word hydration to you, the first thing that would probably pop into your mind would be a tall glass of ice-cold water. Of course, you may think about taking a long swig out of a plastic bottle at the gym instead. Or, you may even recall a commercial in which an athlete guzzles their favorite sports drink in order to stay hydrated.
Alternately, if someone were to say the word dehydration to you, you’d most likely think about the symptoms caused by dehydration. For example, you may think about having a dry mouth and tongue. Or, you might think about being sweaty and exhausted after a long workout at the gym. Better yet, you could also picture being lightheaded under the intense heat of the sun.
Whatever the case may be, in both of these scenarios, you’re going to think about water or the lack thereof. But, would it surprise you to learn that water itself isn’t the only important part of staying hydrated?
What many people don’t realize is that minerals play a major role in your body’s ability to stay hydrated.
There are more than 4,000 minerals on Earth. And many of them are essential to our health and well-being as humans. When we ingest these minerals into our bodies, they assist our organs, tissues, muscles, and bones with all sorts of different bodily functions—such as making enzymes for digestion and hormones that help you sleep.
The minerals most prevalent in drinking water are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. And all of these minerals are fulvic minerals—meaning that they’re derived from organic matter as it decomposes. In other words, as plants and animals break down back into soil after they die, fulvic minerals are formed as a result.
And these fulvic minerals are a huge part of the hydration process. Why? Because they help balance out the amount of water in all of the cells throughout our bodies. Plus, they help water enter our cells at a much faster rate so we get rehydrated more quickly than would if we drank water without minerals in it.
Not only that, but fulvic minerals also help balance out our pH levels, support healthy inflammation response, and boost our immunity—all important reasons to make sure that you get enough minerals into your diet on a regular basis. And one of the easiest ways you can do this is to make sure you drink plenty of mineral-rich water.
So, why isn’t everyone talking about fulvic minerals if they’re that amazing?
Well, they are. But you’ve probably heard about them by another name. Fulvic minerals are organic, natural, and water-based electrolytes.
That’s right! Electrolytes and minerals are one and the same.
But, unlike the manufactured sports drinks that line grocery store shelves, fulvic mineral, or electrolyte-rich, water replenishes your body’s hydration level without all of the artificial ingredients. It must come as no surprise that drinks in neon colors may not be all that good for you after all.
The cool thing about electrolytes is that they actually conduct electricity when they’re dissolved in water. And that includes your bodily fluids surprisingly enough.
Without these electrolytes or fulvic minerals, you wouldn’t be able to do literally anything at all. From thinking to moving, and even staying alive, electrolytes are a must-have in the human body. Because they’re able to send electrical impulses throughout the body, your neurons receive signals telling them what to do and when.
When it comes to hydration specifically, electrolytes direct water all around your body, and they even balance out the amount of water that is needed in each cell at any given time. In essence, they regulate the osmotic pressure in our cells.
This is really important because cells have to have the right osmotic pressure to stay healthy and function properly.
Cells with too much water will swell. And too much swelling, in turn, causes pressure. Water intoxication, or water poisoning as it’s also called, can actually kill you. And that’s because your water-logged cells put an extreme amount of pressure on one another in areas like the brain and other health issues. Your cells can even start to burst when too much water enters them, although this is extremely rare.
It may seem crazy, but minerals actually play a key role in preventing your cells from taking on too much water. So, if you only drank water that was entirely void of minerals somehow, and you didn’t ingest these same minerals by some other means, you wouldn’t stay alive for very long at all. While your cells started to slurp up too much water and swell, there wouldn’t be any electrical impulses to stop it.
On the other hand, cells with too little water will shrink. And too much shrinking leads to malfunctioning processes. Dehydration can also kill you because your cells start going haywire without enough water, and your normal bodily functions start to fail. Typically, what happens is that your body can’t maintain blood pressure, so it starts sending your blood only to the major organs and bypasses the rest. This causes waste to build up in your kidneys which can no longer filter out the toxins in your body.
But, don’t forget, it’s not just the lack of water itself that causes dehydration. It’s the lack of minerals too. Minerals are critical to our health, and without them, dehydration begins to set it. The next thing you know, your muscles start malfunctioning, your kidneys begin to fail, and your body quite literally begins to shut itself down That is why it’s so important to drink water with higher concentrations of minerals in order to keep your body balanced and happy.
As harsh as it may seem, that glass of water you keep reaching for throughout the day is more than just refreshing. It’s life-sustaining too.