Drinking Water on the HCG Diet
We've all heard it before... Drinking water is important. This is not necessarily a groundbreaking, new concept for most people, but on the HCG diet, it is very important to know how much water you are consuming and whether it may be too much or not enough. So let's dive into the subject of water intake on the HCG diet a bit further...
Is There Such a Thing As Drinking Too Much Water?
Is there really such a thing as drinking too much water? The answer is a resounding...yes. It is possible to overdo it when it comes to water consumption, and it can even be life threatening. HCG dieters don't typically have a problem with this vs. athletes who are very active and sweat often, but it CAN happen. Too much water combined with a loss of sodium (salt) from either cutbacks in diet or sweat can cause a condition known as hyponatremia. Just as high levels of sodium can increase blood pressure and cause certain symptoms, low levels of sodium can also have a profound effect on the body. Symptoms may include but are not limited to headache, dizziness, fatigue, and even fainting in some cases. It is still important to drink plenty of water, and by no means should you cut back on your water intake or feel concerned if you drank 2 an a half liters vs. the required 2, but keeping your electrolytes in balance is equally important as well.
If you happen to experience some of these signs and symptoms from sodium loss, simply adding a tiny bit of salt to your prepared meal/dish or a warm cup of tea should do the trick. And make sure to make it a priority to drink water throughout the day. Avoid drinking an extremely large amount all at once. The kidneys can only process a certain amount of fluid at the time.
How To Know If You're Drinking Enough Water?
According to Dr. Simeons' original HCG protocol, the recommended (and required) amount of water, on the HCG diet, is 2 Liters each day or around half a gallon. Following Dr. Simeons' advice on this issue (or any HCG diet concern for that matter) is always a great guideline to stick to first and foremost. But can be a few other ways to "guestimate" where you fall on the water drinking scale...
Check your urine. Not drinking enough water and dehydration can be noticed quickly by the appearance of someone's urine. Typically, the smaller the amount and the darker the urine, the more dehydrated the individual. So, if your urine looks dark, or straw colored and there's not a lot of it, it may be time to up your fluid intake.
Weigh yourself. This tip may be a given for most, but your daily weight can actually tell you a lot about your hydration status. Sometimes, an unexpected quick jump up in weight can simply be a result of something salty eaten the night before. Our bodies are made up of over 60 % percent water, and we need water replacement to rid our bodies of excess sodium. If you see a rapid weight increase on the scale or your fingers and/or ankles are swollen, then it's possible that you are showing signs of dehydration and sodium build up. Our bodies will actually hold onto water (much like a balloon) unless we continue to flush out the excess sodium with frequent water replacement. So drink up throughout the day!
For some of us drinking water can be a challenge. So, if you missed our blog post on how to make to make drinking water a bit easier, you can find it here at http://nuimagemedical.com/tips/5-simple-ways-to-make-drinking-water-easier/